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DIY Oil Change: How-To Guide w/Pics (Updated 10-21-2009)

I changed my oil today, I used the opportunity to create a how to guide that lists the steps and tools required to undertake this task.

Please make note of the tools required, some tools are not found in every home toolbox, generally the hex bit socket, torque wrench and oil filter cap wrench. You can't really substitue these so make sure you have everything before you begin (I had to walk 1/2 mile to Pep Boys after I took the oil out)

Here you go.

http://robert.aitchison.org/tiki-pag...DIY+Oil+Change

Edit 1-8-05: I have changed the URL to reflect the location of this page on my new web site. I also made a couple minor changes to the document to reflect thoughts on O-Ring replacement after 3 oil changes as well as correcting the Mazda Part Number for the filter cartridge.

Edit 6-10-05: I made some minor cosmetic changes to the page. I've added spacing, formatting and coloring that should make it easier to read. I also added some clarity about the oil filter cap wrench specification. Finally I added the part number for the filter + O-Rings kit as well as a link to buy from Mazdastuff.com.

Edit 10-21-09: First change in > 4 years, added additional information about applicability to different model years, changed materials required section to make it simpler, give a bit more information as well as list part numbers for different brands of filters. Finally I changed the license from all rights reserved (©) to a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license ()


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Thanks rich, this is going to be a lot of help!

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Great, guide and I love the pics!!!

Did you maybe notice a small leak from the seals on the transaxle? Check out this thread with pics, so that you know exactly what I'm talking about.

http://www.mazda3forums.com/viewtopic.php?t=3586
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Great idea Robert!
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Great guide. I was about write a guide like this when changing my oil this week but now I don't have to! Good to know that you have to have a hex socket, I need to get one of those.
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Great job, keep it up.

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I didn't notice any obvious leaks but wasn't looking that closely at the transaxle seals.


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If you are buying a torque wrench, be sure you test it before use. I already had a large torque wrench but it didn't go as low as 10n-m so I had to run to pep boys and buy another smaller one.

Well I set it for the correct setting and commence to using it to tighten the plu and notice that it has starting to strip the plug (the hex socket part). I'm like WTF and stop.

I was able to test it as the low range on my big torque wrench overlapt with the high range on the little one, as it turns out the little one did not operate at all and I was putting who knows how much torque on the poor little aluminum drain plug (probably more than 25 n-m before it started to strip).

Now my filter drain plug is stripped and I will probably have a hard time getting it out next time and I will definitely need to replace it.



Also, on the oil filter cap wrench, I ended up using filter pliers to get the oil filter housing off (caused cosmetic scratches to the plastic housing) so I could bring it with me to pep boys to do a test fit. The one I found was a model A251 which is exactly 76mm, now there was a tiny amount of play so after searching for & finding the wrench online I also found the A250 (what I linked to in my guide) which is for 74 or 76mm and may work better.


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We'll make this a Sticky by tomorrow.
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Total cost is $34.29? Thats about how much it costs for Wal-mart to do it w/ synthetic oil. Why do it yourself?

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