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Questions about oil change parts and fluids.

3414 Views 27 Replies 14 Participants Last post by  jasno999
Guys I need some help here and I thought most of the MazdaSpeed3 drivers use this are of the forum. I posted in maintanance but I need your input.

I am goign to be changing my oil this weekend and I thought I would ask some questions before I did it. I don't like takign the car to the dealer if it is somehting I can do myself.

I saw some of the other posts on here about the normal Mazda3 2.3L but I am not sure if the same goes for the MazdaSpeed 3 as well.

Here are my questions:

- What type of oil does Mazda use? What do they put in the car from the factory?
- What type of oil filter do they use? (Brand)
- What size oil filter will work (After market)?
- What is the part number for the crush washer?

Last but not least I havce heard some mixed opinions about using synthetic oil on the turbo version due to blowby of oil into the intercooler? Anybody have anyhting to add on that? I think I will just use what the dealership would use but I need to know what that is.
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It should also be noted that alot of people are finding that the engine only takes 5qts of oil, including me. So, fill up 5 qts first, start the engine, shut it off, and check the dipstick. If you need 6 qts, then just add another qt.

I wouldn't use either the Fram or STP filter. STP=Fram and Fram=crap. NAPA usually has WIX filters in our size, and WIX filters are good. If not, use a Mazda one.
I did look at both filters side by side, they looked the same to me :dunno: Both have nearly the same part number, and both are listed in the FRAM filter book (no other brands listed).

I don't especially trust either brand, in any case. And the Mazda filter isn't that expensive. I'm thinking of buying the 10-pack that Ron Tonkin sells for a nice price. That ought to take care of my oil changes for a few years :)
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