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Old 04-08-2005, 01:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I own a 2003 Mazda 6/2.3 L for a little over a year now. I decided finally to change my own oil instead of going to the dealer and pay the high-inflated price. After 2 weeks of searching, I finally located a filter via Advanced Auto parts. I opened the package and notice a canister filter with 2 rings (small and large). Its foreign to me, since the only oil changes I done was to my 91 MR2. I was discouraged because I never saw a filter like it. I decided to take my Puralotor filter and car to an express lube place to get my 1st synthetic oil change. After parking the 6 in the pit, they popped up the hood and a few minutes later, the manager approach me stating they canít change my oil because they donít have the tools to do it. They specify that a 6-sided tool was needed to remove a part to get to the oil and filter and they never changed a 2.3/L 6. They advised that I should take it to the dealer. That was that; wonder if this is a myth? Anyone had experiences changing their 6sí oil? Any insight would be appreciated?
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Make sure to use a perfectly fitting filter cap tool...using pliers or something that "almost fits" is extremely dangerous.
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filter wrench is 15 flute 74mm or 76mm with paper towel linning it)
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If you have never taken any auto shop in high school this will be foreign to you. You need to get yourself educated on the oil changing process for this 2.3L engine.

When I first brought my 6i home for the first time I was concerned also. Be very careful how you handle the plastic canister that holds the oil filter. After you have done your first oil change it will be like riding a bike. The plastic canister will be damaged if you don't have the correct tools to remove/install it.

Your first oil change may appear difficult but it is not impossible if you take the right approach.

You will need to remove the large splash guard to gain access to the canister. I use Rhino ramps to gain access from underneath the car.

I hope this is enough tips for you.
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the 2 o-rings are also a critical item to replace. all steps needed to taken. It's not a hard task...just a time consuming one compared to a traditional spin on.
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