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post #311 of 411 (permalink) Old 03-17-2009, 11:14 AM Thread Starter
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Re: DIY Oil Change: How-To Guide w/Pics

[quote author=guardian452 link=topic=3597.msg2999101#msg2999101 date=1237272595]
before I walk into the dealership asking to buy an oil filter wrench, will they actually sell one to me? I don't want to look like a fool. how much is it at the dealership?[/quote]

If you have the part number for the official Mazda part they should sell it to you (they may have to order it)

As for cost I'm not sure, I knot there is pretty significant markup involved which means you could see quite a bit of variance. I might guess anywhere from $10 to $25.


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post #312 of 411 (permalink) Old 03-18-2009, 06:47 AM
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ok, thanks.
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Just changed oil brands today. Didn't even occur to me to check the bottle since its always been 4 litres.
Turns out some are 5 litres - whoops... Guess tomorrow morn will be draining out a litre

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post #314 of 411 (permalink) Old 04-15-2009, 09:55 PM
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I changed my oil today. Few questions:

1) I couldn't get my oil filter cap off. It was too tight to remove by hand and the removal tool I got from walmart just spun on there. I tried one from autozone. Do we need the official Mazda tool to remove it?

2) I put a metal and rubber washer on the oil drain plug. I dont know if there was one there before but I put one on anyway. My plug fell into the oil draining pan so idk if it fell in completely. Is it ok to have a washer on the oil plug?

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You should not need the official Mazda wrench for the filter, I got mine from Pep Boys.

As for the drain plug, I don't know if a rubber o-ring is a good idea, it's supposed to have a crush washer.


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its metal with some rubber on it. the guy at autozone had no idea what the fuck I was talking about when I said I needed a crush washer.

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Well it may be fine, if it says it's designed for use with an oil drain plug I'd say it's definitely fine.


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Re: DIY Oil Change: How-To Guide w/Pics

I will be attempting my first oil change on my new 3i 2.0l this weekend and am still a little confused about what washer I need for the drain plug. Can someone point me in the right direction?

Also, is it best to fill the spin on filter with oil before I screw it on?



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You should always fill your spin-on filter before installing it, that reduced the mount of time your engine waits for oil when you first start it after the oil change.

As for the oil drain washer (aka "crush washer&quot if it matters I've only replaced that once in the Mazda3 and have never replaced one before in any other car I've owned.


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Thanks man!

Still wondering if I can get by without a torque wrench...

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