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Hello again! I'm back for another overly detailed guide...

You will need:
1) 19mm Socket
2) Oil Filter Pliers
3) 6607 Oil Filter: Fram filters are ph6607 or tg6607 etc., we used a Fram Tough Guard
4) 4.4 quarts of 0w20 oil: usa spec, others may be different, we used Mobil1 but Amsoil or anything else 0w20 is fine
5) Oil Funnel or funnel set: small one is handy for putting used oil back into containers
6) Short/cut off bucket or oil pan
7) Floor Jack: You can always use ramps or the included tire-change jack, they are just a pain
8) Bag for trash and paper towels


Steps:

1) Gather all your tools and supplies. Nothing worse then draining your oil and finding out you don't have a filter

2) Warm up the car for a few minutes (3-5, the longer you go the faster the oil drains but the hotter it is and the more metal stuff might be hot)

3) Shut the car off, apply the emergency brake, and pop the hood with the latch where your left shin would be while driving

4) Jack up the passenger side, place the jack on the frame (the lip that is jutting down) between the two little bumps right behind the wheel. You don't need to raise it too much, the tire can stay on the ground. Be sure not to place the jack directly onto the side skirt. Consult your manual if you feel unsure, directions are in with changing a tire.



5) Slide under the car and use your 19mm socket to loosen and remove the drain bolt. I find it helps to break it loose first, then get the bucket ready and ratchet it out until I can spin it with my fingers. Caution: the used oil will come out fast at first, and may be hot. Also, be careful not to drop the drain bolt and washer into your oil bucket!







6) Let it drain for ~5min. The hotter the oil the faster it drains, but the more careful you have to be about hot parts and hot oil. Some people advocate letting down the jack to level out the car and possibly let more oil drain. If you do this, be careful that your drain pan isn't too tall!!!

7) Reattach the drain bolt, and snug it fully tight. You don't need to be hulk, but you certainly don't want it to pop out! Don't forget the washer.

8) Use your Filter Pliers to break loose the spin off oil filter. As soon as you break it loose, put the oil pan underneath it and spin it off slowly. At some point the oil will start coming out. It spins pretty far though.





9) Get your new filter out and apply fresh oil to the rubber gasket. Pour some oil into the filter. If you fill the filter, you only put ~4.1 Quarts in later. It is a pain to put a full filter back on, so I usually half fill it and put in slightly more oil (4.2 Quarts. 4.4 is the recommended max)




10) Spin it in place and snug it tight. I hand tightened mine pretty far, no pliers required.




11) Ensure your drain bolt and filter are tight, drag out your oil pan and any tools, and let your jack down


12) Fill your oil up. 4.1-4.4 Quarts depending how much you put into the filter. Use a funnel. They are ridiculously cheap, and you will slop it if you don't. Its the cap that says SAE 0w-20.



13) Clean up. Using a small funnel, we put the used oil into the now empty containers, and have an extra plastic bottle for leftovers. We take our used oil to Advance Auto Parts (buying oil there is EXPENSIVE though!) and I'm sure other places will take it too. Some people are willing to burn it for heating oil, just please don't dump it outside or down a drain. Be sure to clean off your filters and your pan!

Good Luck!
 

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One cautionary item I will add though it isn't specific to the M2. When you pull the old oil filter, PLEASE make sure the rubber gasket comes off with the filter. You can easily tell by looking at the shiny part of the engine where the old one was attached...it should be nice and shiny.

I've seen two vehicles in my life where oil change places did NOT do this. So they double gasketed the filter and in both scenarios, the seals eventually blew causing the engine to lock up since the oil blew out so fast.
 

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Are Fram filters good?

A buddy of mine uses Quaker State oil filters and stand by them. But I've also heard K&N Oil filters are some of the best around.
 

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Ehhh,

IMHO, They will all do essentially the same thing. I'm no mechanic, but from what I've heard/read you will rarely find problems due to filter or oil performance. It is more often from improper usage (ie not tightening filter, cross threading pan bolt, not putting bolt in, etc.)

There are people who swear by pretty much any brand out there. I use mobil1 oil pretty much exclusively, but I would assume most any fully synthetic will perform to the point where I don't notice the difference.


For anyone who really wants oil information, there is actually a VERY in-depth forum dedicated to it...

http://www.bobistheoilguy.com/
 

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Note: It is EXTREMELY dangerous to support a car with a hydraulic jack or the spare tire jack while you are under the car. It can give way in a split second and crush you, you don't stand a chance against a 2300 pound car laying on top of you. ALWAYS ALWAYS support the car with either jack stands or a set of ramps which are designed for supporting the car in the air. You can get either of these at any auto store for ~20 dollars. Don't be so cheap that you get yourself killed!
 

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mazda 2 oil change. oversize filter

just changed the oil on my mazda 2 for the first time. it is ABSOLUTELY the easiest car ever to do this yourself. i have the luxury of a lift in my garage, but it would not be necassary for a slender boy or girl to do without jacking the car up.!
FYI to all is i used a purolator PL14610 which is much larger than the original filter. (this filter is tops in every test and i keep them on the shelf in my raceshoppe as they fit my wifes mazda 3 and some motorcycles i work on.)
i used mobil 1, 0W-20 and am planning a 10K mile change intervals.
cheers, haas
 

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different filters?

First of all, I must say that changing the oil on this car is by far the easiest of all. I also have a toyota tacoma... and for some reason they stuck the filter in the middle of the engine area.... nearly impossible to get to.

For my 2 I literally can just reach under, just past the bumper to do everything. Don't even need to lift the car. Granted I am 5'4" and 100 pounds so I can basically fit anywhere.....

I'm due for my 3rd oil change and was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on brands of filters to use. I've tried fram and bosch but I really don't know enough to be able to tell a difference. Thanks!
 

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Personally, I use Wix filters once I'm out of warranty. Short story - I had an issue with an oil starved engine due to a port being blocked with filter material. I had to fight GM over this issue since they must prove it was my non-OEM filter. While 99.9% of people will never be in that situation...I'll use OEM until out of warranty.

My local Mazda dealer sells me M2 filters for $20 for 4 filters. Decent price! I used my 4th filter this past weekend so time to buy more.

Lots of filter opinions on most forums. Most will probably work fine but I stay away from low-end such as Fram and store branded filters.
 

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for anyone trying to figure out what filter to use in most cases oem is the best way to go. but there are a lot of other good options like k&n. it also depends what type of oil you use. some filters are specifically designed for synthetic oil.

i also agree with the guy that said always use jack stands when going underneath the car. i already had two instances when the jack gave way and i didnt have any jackstands. luckily i was quick and rolled away from the car as soon as i saw it tipping.
 

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Jack stands are noted :) Wish I could edit to add and to fix formatting...

I've probably only done a good 25 changes or so, half on ramps. Haven't had any problems yet but I certainly would never want to.

I've found that everyone prefers a different brand of oil and filter, just like I love logitech peripherals, craftsman tools etc. To each his own, I just use what is available/inexpensive.
 

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Jack stands are a pain to me, I use rhino ramps. Bought the heaviest set they make years back since I don't seem to fit under any of my cars nowdays. The cars are getting lower or I'm getting bigger.
 
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