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I tried getting a response in another thread but didn't. Is there anything special about the filter or is it the same canister style used on every other car since way back when? How much oil does it take (since the manual does not mention it?) Anything else I need to know before I do it myself or have someone not form Mazda do it? Anyone got pics of the filter if it is different?
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[quote author=Midak link=topic=68122.msg1174226#msg1174226 date=1170080361]
I tried getting a response in another thread but didn't. Is there anything special about the filter or is it the same canister style used on every other car since way back when? How much oil does it take (since the manual does not mention it?) Anything else I need to know before I do it myself or have someone not form Mazda do it? Anyone got pics of the filter if it is different?
TIA :)
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The manual does mention it, you need to look in the back under the Specification section.
 

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It mentions the amount of oil or addresses all of my questions?
 

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filter is a cartridge not a spin on
 

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There is a black plastic canister under the car. If you get under there you will see it and it will all make sense. It will be easiest if you have a lift for the car since you need to take off the plastic under-tray (there is a hole for the filter but it doesn't line up on my car at least and it is so small that you will knock the canister against it and spill oil everywhere if you don't take it off. Other than that, all manuals have specs for the fluids in the back of them, this includes the oil.
 

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Ok, so if I am picturing this right, I remove the plastic canister and then remove the filter from it. The canister, I assume fills up with oil also? Do you do anything to clean the plastic canister out?
 

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Same filter kit as for the regular 2.3L, BTW.
 

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If it's similar to the plastic housing on the regular 2.3L, be VERY CAREFUL with it and buy the tool that Mazda recommends for removing it.

There's been incidents with the 3 of people cracking the housing without realizing it and then losing the oil and wrecking the engine.

If you do this, you'd have no right to expect any help from Mazda or anything so be forewarned. This isn't grandpa's old Chevy you're working on. :)
 

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[quote author=Wild Weasel link=topic=68122.msg1174853#msg1174853 date=1170101337]
If it's similar to the plastic housing on the regular 2.3L, be VERY CAREFUL with it and buy the tool that Mazda recommends for removing it.

There's been incidents with the 3 of people cracking the housing without realizing it and then losing the oil and wrecking the engine.

If you do this, you'd have no right to expect any help from Mazda or anything so be forewarned. This isn't grandpa's old Chevy you're working on. :)
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<<<<32 years old and changed my own oil for 10+ yrs in fathers body shop. Never even seen a set up like this.
 

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You will learn to really enjoy how clean and simple it is.

It is also much better for the environment as there is no metal case required.
 

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[quote author=Wild Weasel link=topic=68122.msg1174853#msg1174853 date=1170101337]
If it's similar to the plastic housing on the regular 2.3L, be VERY CAREFUL with it and buy the tool that Mazda recommends for removing it.

There's been incidents with the 3 of people cracking the housing without realizing it and then losing the oil and wrecking the engine.

If you do this, you'd have no right to expect any help from Mazda or anything so be forewarned. This isn't grandpa's old Chevy you're working on. :)
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I'm about to order the filters from mazdastuff.com, but what is so special about this tool?? Does it torque the cartridge to a certain spec?
 

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[quote author=Wild Weasel link=topic=68122.msg1174853#msg1174853 date=1170101337]
If it's similar to the plastic housing on the regular 2.3L, be VERY CAREFUL with it and buy the tool that Mazda recommends for removing it.

There's been incidents with the 3 of people cracking the housing without realizing it and then losing the oil and wrecking the engine.

If you do this, you'd have no right to expect any help from Mazda or anything so be forewarned. This isn't grandpa's old Chevy you're working on. :)
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I'm about to order the filters from mazdastuff.com, but what is so special about this tool?? Does it torque the cartridge to a certain spec?
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The tool doesn't do any torquing, but it grabs the filter canister so you can put your [torque] wrench on it and torque it!

I just ordered mine with 3 sets of filters and O-rings, cheap.

http://trussville.buymazdaparts.com/index.cfm?fuse=results&modelcode=M3H
 

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[quote author=Frosty link=topic=68122.msg1175230#msg1175230 date=1170110968]
[quote author=Wild Weasel link=topic=68122.msg1174853#msg1174853 date=1170101337]
If it's similar to the plastic housing on the regular 2.3L, be VERY CAREFUL with it and buy the tool that Mazda recommends for removing it.

There's been incidents with the 3 of people cracking the housing without realizing it and then losing the oil and wrecking the engine.

If you do this, you'd have no right to expect any help from Mazda or anything so be forewarned. This isn't grandpa's old Chevy you're working on. :)
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what is so special about this tool?? [/quote]
The tool is actually a common oil filter wrench that you can buy at Pep Boys, etc. for a couple of bucks.
 

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[quote author=AlbertaMS3 link=topic=68122.msg1176319#msg1176319 date=1170167141]
If you're into bulk shopping, this is a pretty good deal:

http://www.finishlineperformance.com/cgi-bin/shopper?preadd=action&key=MAZ3MISCL321

They also ship to Canada. Much better than the $11/filter in Calgary and the $200 for the wrench. Ha,ha I know - the service rep here told me that I couldn't buy the wrench separately but I could get it as part of a service kit for $200. :sarc:
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nice.
did you order any dwayne? how much to ship to canada?
I am looking at purchasing the filters/oil for cheap.
 
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