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post #31 of 413 (permalink) Old 06-10-2004, 12:42 PM
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Looks good, I like the pictures you took. Though I'm a firm believer in following torque specs
Yeah, me too... but I don't have the service manuals for my Mazda3 yet, so I had to wing it. I've got 3 torque wrenches, but without the specs, they're useless

BTW, where did you get the torque specs from? If they're from the Mazda service manual, do you mind if I list them on my site (with credit to you, of course)? You can just PM me your answer if you like so as not to clog the thread.

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The torque specs are printed on the parts themselves.


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FYI

If you have the spin-on filter (as I do), the part number is LF10-14-302.

Also, if you are like me and always break the plastic clips on any car, the part number for those are GD7A-50-EA1. They are around $1.50 each.
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post #34 of 413 (permalink) Old 07-07-2004, 10:34 AM
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Thanks for the good instructions! As far as the cartridge wrench, does PepBoys actually list the 76mm (14 point) on the tool? I went to Autozone and they just had A, B, C, etc. I picked one up that looked like it might fit, but it didn't. Thanks!

I did a search and found them if anyone's interested:

Pepboys: #19805 Code 5
Autozone: #25401 Part B

Well, the oil change went fairly smoothly. I removed the drain plug in the cartridge, but does this really need to be removed each time? It's just a little messier without doing this. Also, my cartride was not threading right initially. It turns out the top of the filter element was not perfectly rounded due to the circular thing on top. I smoothed it out with my finger, and it screwed in easily.
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I just performed this oil change myself - thanks for the guide! - and a couple of thoughts came to mind:

- are those two clips necessary to hold the undertray on? They were a pain to remove and don't appear to do anything those seven bolts can't do.
- would there be an easy and safe way to make a new hole in that undertray so we don't have to take it off?

This change really wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. Once you have the parts and see it all in front of you, it's not a big deal at all. And, since I needed the hex head for my torque wrench, it was an excuse to buy new tools - YAY!

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Regarding those 2 clips...I left them off when I did my oil change...with 6 bolts holding the tray on, I didn't see any reason to put those back in...I messed with it quite a bit without those clips and it wasn't going anywhere.

I've also thought about cutting a larger hole in the tray to avoid removal, but I think I might price it out first from the dealer to see how much it is in case I mess up badly and have to replace it.

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As far as the 2 clips, probably not strictly necessary but I find them really easy to remove (just pry gently with a small slotted screwdriver) so I always put them back.


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i dont get how to get parts at mazdastuff.com they dont have our car there to click on in parts...

funny i went into the dealership today to make an appointment, and took a card and said i would think if a good time... im glad to see others doing there own oil change... i hasve always did my own even though this one looks difficult (i mean frustrating with the gaurd removal)

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I think you need to call the people at mazdastuff.com to order anything.


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ive boughten accesories on there, just not parts

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