Performing a Mazda CX 5 oil change is one of the most common maintenance you will do for this vehicle. Whether you are a professional mechanic or just an owner, it is always good to understand the right way of changing your vehicle’s oil to avoid causing issues to your vehicle.
The process is fairly simple once you have the right tools and parts along with the Mazda CX 5 owner’s manual.
This article provides you with step-by-step guidance on how to perform a Mazda CX 5 oil change without needing to visit a repair shop.
Mazda CX 5 Oil Change
This section provides you an overview of the required steps to change your Mazda CX 5. While most Mazda CX 5 follow the same procedure for changing the oil, it is important to note that this guide provides information on how to change the 2016 Mazda CX 5. Therefore, you can always refer to the vehicle’s owner’s manual for more details about where to find things if you couldn’t follow some of the steps.
To get the oil changed, all that you need to do is to prepare the required tools and parts, drain the old engine oil, change the oil filter, refill your oil filler with a new engine oil suitable for a Mazda CX 5, and reset the oil change check light.
Prepare the required tools and parts
You need to prepare specific parts and tools based on your car’s make, model, and years like the engine oil 0W-20, an oil filter suitable for your Mazda CX 5, a Giga drain plug with the seal, and a new crush washer.
In case you don’t know which oil filter to use, you can go to your local AutoZone and ask them or use their cross-reference handbook at the store. Of course, the best option is to use your vehicle’s owner’s manual for more details.
On the other hand, there are additional tools you will need for any oil change despite the vehicle’s information like an 8 mm socket, 8 mm hex socket, a pair of gloves, a brake cleaner, an oil filter wrench, an oil drain pan to collect the old oil, and disposable towels.
Prepare your vehicle and the work station
The Mazda CX oil change is this type of job where you need some space to work on it and be ready for splashes of old oil and possible drops on the ground. That been said, you need to choose a working space that best serves these needs.
In general, it is recommended to perform your Mazda CX 5 oil change in your garage or driveway.
Besides choosing the location, you need to know how to jack up your vehicle using a jack and a jack stand. If you’ve never jacked up your vehicle, you can refer to the vehicle’s owner’s manual for more details or follow some nice YouTube videos for how to jack up a Mazda CX 5.
If you don’t have a copy of your vehicle’s owner’s manual, you can always request a copy from your local mechanic or download a soft copy from the web.
To work on your Mazda CX 5 oil change, you need to raise the front part of your vehicle as to the oil filter cap, and the oil drain plug is usually located at the front bottom of your vehicle.
Once your vehicle is raised, go ahead and open the oil cap on your engine under the hood. This way, you reduce the pressure and allow the old oil to drain out easier.
Change the oil filter and drain the old oil
Once you have all the necessary tools and your vehicle is raised, you can get started with changing your oil filter and draining your vehicle’s old oil following these steps:
- Slide under the vehicle and locate the access panel. If you had a hard time locating the panel, you could always refer to the vehicle’s owner’s manual for more details. It is usually to the right-left bottom of the passenger’s side of the car.
- Use your 8 mm socket to remove the bolts holding the access panel gently.
- Under the access panel, you will see the oil drain plug and the oil filter cap.
- Place the oil pan right under the location of the oil filter cap. This way, the pan collects any old oil draining as you remove the oil filter cap.
- First, try removing the oil filter cap by hand; if you couldn’t, use your oil filter wrench to take the cap off.
- Before completely taking off the oil filter cap, allow it to drain for a little in the oil drain pan.
- Using the 8 mm hex socket, remove the oil drain plug and allow the old oil to drain in the oil pan as well. Move the pan as needed to make sure you don’t spill any of the old oil on the ground.
- Allow the oil to drain for about 10 minutes before changing the oil drain plug seal
- Replace your crush washer on your oil drain plug. Usually, these seals are very cheap and cost around less than $1. Changing the drain plug washer is critical because it prevents your oil from leaking through the oil drain plug.
- Install the oil drain plug first manually, then use the wrench to tighten it. It is recommended not to tighten the oil drain plug to avoid breaking it when you do your next oil change.
- After closing the drain oil plug, make sure to use a disposable towel and clean up any mess caused by oil spilling.
- Once the oil is drained and the oil drain plug is closed, you can move ahead and start replacing the oil filter.
- Get your new oil filter and wipe it with a little bit of oil to lubricate the rubber part on it.
- Using your hands first, tighten the oil filter inside its housing. You don’t need to use any tool to over-tighten the oil filter.
Add the required amount of engine oil
Now your old oil is drained out of the car, and it’s the time to refill with new engine oil. Depending on the engine’s capacity, the amount of engine oil needed differs. Therefore, check your owner’s manual for specifications about the amount of oil needed before pouring any oil.
For example, a 2.5-liter engine requires about 4.8 quartz of engine oil.
Additionally, you need to choose the right oil as specified in your vehicle’s owner’s manual. It is recommended to use an extended performance engine’s oil. This way, you only need to change the engine oil once before the winter and once before the summer.
- Place the oil funnel on top of the oil filer opening and pour the required amount of oil
- Check under the vehicle for any signs of leaks from the oil filter or the oil drain plug. If you don’t see any leaks, you can run the engine for a couple of seconds to allow the oil to fill the oil filter.
- Using your dipstick, measure the oil filer's amount and ensure you have the required amount of oil after having the oil running around the engine.
Reset your vehicle’s change oil check light
It is never recommended to leave any warning signs on your vehicle’s dashboard. Unfortunately, the oil change check light is one warning that doesn’t go away when you resolve the problem.
In other words, even after you change the engine oil, the change oil warning light will not go away unless you do it manually.
In this section, we provide you with the required steps to reset the change oil check light on your Mazda CX 5:
- Start the ignition without running the engine. All that we need here is to start the vehicle’s dashboard and get access to the settings.
- On the dashboard, select applications, and navigate to maintenance. Within the maintenance window, select scheduled and move to “reset.”
- Right after you hit “reset,” a popup window appears asking you to confirm your selection.
- After resetting the oil, you will see on the screen the oil change reminder is going to be after 5,000 miles now.
- That’s it! You did it!
It is important to perform a Mazda CX oil change as frequently as prescribed in the vehicle’s owner’s manual.
Changing your vehicle’s oil is not very complicated. All you need to do is gather the required tools and parts, drain the old oil, replace the filter, refill the oil, and reset the change oil check light button.
Ignoring the oil change is critical as you increase the risk of damaging your engine due to overheating.