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post #101 of 411 (permalink) Old 01-10-2006, 08:50 PM
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Re: DIY Oil Change: How-To Guide w/Pics

[quote author=CEE1NG_RED link=topic=3597.msg539821#msg539821 date=1136924178]
Do you have to use the MAZDA oil filter, not just the types of oil filters sold at Kragen/PepBoys/Autozone?? Just removing and change the E oil is more complicated for this vehicle than my 2000 Mustang.* Sucks!!

BTW, does anyone have pics of the pressure areas to use the jack at?? Usually I use the jack and place it at the center of my front mustang, but where should I do this on our 06 MAZDA 3 I Touring??
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The above DIY is for the 2.3L NOT the 2.0L. Changing the oil on the 3I (2.0L) is a piece of cake. The biggest obstacle is removing the undercarriage plastic shield. Otherwise it's as simple as simple gets. Now the 3S (2.3L) is a bit more involved...

Personally, I use the AC/Delco PF53 oil filter with 5W-20 Motorcraft Synthetic Blend on my 3I.
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post #102 of 411 (permalink) Old 02-07-2006, 04:10 PM
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[quote author=raitchison link=topic=3597.msg530329#msg530329 date=1136270820]
[quote author=NoVa link=topic=3597.msg530117#msg530117 date=1136258136]
Can you post the part# of the Mazda filter tool when you get it?[/quote]

I think this is the official (expensive) Mazda cap wrench. (on a side note, wasn't mazdastuff.com a spnsor?)
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That is exactly the filter wrench I got from Mazda.
Out of interest, I went into the garage and checked the oil filter part numbers for verification. I bought 2 oil filters from Mazda South (Austin Texas) and one from my local Mazda dealer. The one from the dealer had a separately packaged large rubber gasket with a Ford Motor Company label on the plastic package and it came with a aluminum oil drain washer. Otherwise, everything else is exactly the same.
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<---- first oil change with her

Could not find the drain plug. i thought the pic in the walkthrough was upside down. now i see it was just sideways and i can see the top of the ramp.......
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Rhino ramp 12000 = $38
Oil drain pan* * * * *= $7.50
Mobil 1 5w-20* * * =* $5.25 X5
Filter* * * * * * * * * *=* $8
hex socket set* * *=* $10
Funnel* * * * * * * * *=* $1.97
wrench* * * * * * * *=* *$1.88
Not letting those FU$#ER$ anywhere else touch my car = priceless* *


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post #105 of 411 (permalink) Old 03-03-2006, 11:02 PM
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I just finished my first DIY oil change on my 3. Overall, it was very easy, so much better than my 93 Saturn. I know I'll have my 3 for a good 10 years so I bought the official Mazda filter wrench. I think all the problems are caused because the size is actually 14 flutes at 75.6mm. The 76mm is too big and the 74mm is too small. Apparently Mazda likes to use something unique. If you're going to keep your 3 for a while, just get the real tool. I paid $14.75 from mazdastuff.com and received it in less than a week. My car also does not have the plastic retaining clips, only 7 screws. Apparently the dealer must have broken them during a previous oil and not replaced them. The shield is very sturdy with only the screws so I'm not worried.

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well me - i got a few screws loose.... on the car i mean.

3 were loose and one missing.


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[quote author=birdman579 link=topic=3597.msg603914#msg603914 date=1141441366]
14 flutes at 75.6mm. The 76mm is too big and the 74mm is too small. Apparently Mazda likes to use something unique.
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If someone was going to use an odd mm size I would have expected 76.2, because that's three inches... where on earth did 75.6 come from?

Oh well, putting a piece of paper or someting into a 76mm tool works out fine.

Speaking of which, I'm overdue for a change... been busy. I want to cut a new hole in the bottom plate and glue the scrap into the old hole, so for the next change I won't have to take the plate off.


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Just changed the oil tonight. The DIY Guide is great. Really wasnt hard at all. I used the 76mm 14 flute tool from Autozone, (type B I think) and it fit perfectly. This was a lot easier change than on my old celica.


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post #110 of 411 (permalink) Old 03-23-2006, 12:24 PM
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Do you even have to remove the under-panel when changing oil on the 2L? From what I understood, the infamous hole that's off-center for the 2.3 was placed perfectly for the 2.0.

(I know it's probably a good idea anyway, just to take a look at the bottom of your motor...)

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