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Mazda5 Owners Care & Maintenance

Karen_SKaren_S Posts: 5,095
edited March 2014 in Mazda
Discuss routine maintenance and special care issues for your Mazda5 here.

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  • frank4carsfrank4cars Posts: 98
    When I bought my MZ5, the dealer already set up an appointment for 3 months from the purchase date for the first service, which they will do for free. They said if I should reach 3,000 miles quicker than that I should reschedule. After reading through the manual, however, it looks like I could go 5,000-7,500 before the first service. Any recommendations?
  • mrgarymrgary Posts: 33
    Has any one ever used those tire pressure monitor valve caps?
    Are the very accurate?
  • pk2pk2 Posts: 1
    I just picked up my Mazda5 last week and the sales rep said he'd see me at 5000 miles for the first oil change. I wonder if your dealer's idea of a first service includes an oil change and/or they simply want to check the vehicle for any major/minor defects since it is such a brand new vehicle. It may be worthwhile to speak with the service manager to verify what this 3 month service appointment entails. However, since the dealer set up the appointment and it's free, I would take them up on it.
    Personally, I will probably get my oil changed every 3000 miles since that has been the standard on every other vehicle I have owned. Having said that, these newer cars that have many more electronic engine parts require less lubrification, this is why the manual says 5000-7500 miles before your first service. This is only my opinion, I am not a mechanic. Again, I would talk to the service manager and then to an independent mechanic and go with what makes sense to you. Obviously going by the vehicle's service manual recommendations is ultimately the way to go, but it can't hurt to have a few extra oil changes at the front end to baby you new vehicle.
    Congrats on the new Mazda, hopefully this has been helpful.

  • wusterwuster Posts: 153
    I'm curious to know if the oil filter on the Mazda5 engine is the same as the one on the Mazda3 2.3L engine.

    My 04 Mazda3 comes with a cartridge oil filter that fits into a housing on the bottom of the enginer. Which makes DIY a pain the you know what and cartridge filters are hard to find.

    I was wondering if Mazda made a change in the 06 Mazda5 to the screw on canister type of oil filter that everyone else uses.


  • I cleaned and waxed my rims a few days ago to protect them from the upcoming salt and was shocked to see how much less brake dust sticks to the surface. Try it out.
  • Yes, it has the cartridge system of the Mazda3. I have seen elsewhere on the web a guide to converting to a spin-on oil filter, using the filter housing off another version of the same 2.3L MZR engine. I forget which Mazda model has the spin-on filter, is it the Tribute (I'm not sure) but one of them does. If you replace the oil cartridge housing in the Mazda3/5/6 with the identical piece that is set up for a spin-on filter you can have much easier time with DIY oil changes. This is an easy change, and is just a matter of sourcing the new oil filter mount piece thingy.

    I did a Google search on the words "mazda oil cartridge spin filter" and found an article that details how to make the change, including Mazda part numbers for the new items you'll need. Easy as pie.
  • rcinmdrcinmd Posts: 139
    My '05 Tribute with the 2.3L engine does have the spin-on filter. It hangs vertically, which will allow me to fill the new filter before installing it.

    As an aside, my local dealer had a bare bones 5 speed Mazda5 a couple weeks ago. That one had my name on it, but I am not quite ready to replace the Tribute just yet. I am waiting for the remaining '05s to sell off. Hopefully there will be another frill-free 5 coming this way when I am ready.
  • wusterwuster Posts: 153

    I've seen the step by step conversion on one of the Mazda3 forums.

    So far, I haven't made the conversion to the 3, since the dealership is changing the oil for free for the first 24k miles.
  • yarisyaris Posts: 3
    I just picked up the special oil filter cartridge removal tool and was quite surprised when I crawled under my 5 and discovered that the hole in the lower air dam/splash shield does not line up with the cartridge. So now I have to remove the whole shield, which is not difficult but seems to me to be an unnecessary pain. I was wondering if you other 5 owners had noticed this or knew why it was made this way. Or maybe there was a production change and all of your filter housings line up properly with the shield. Any help or comments would be appreciated!
  • Has anyone bought the factory service manual? Is it any good? How much is it? Thanks!
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  • wusterwuster Posts: 153
    It's the same thing with the Mazda3's.

    I initially didn't worry about it with the Mazda3 because the dealer gave me free oil changes for the first two years. But now that we've traded in the Mazda3 for the Mazda5, I think I may need to revisit the issue.
  • What is the part number for the tool? How much does it cost? Thanks!
  • Found this:
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    Ordered step-plate, cargo-cover and other things there, quick response...
    good dealer, good prices
  • evpedevped Posts: 39
    I'm considering buying a Mazda5 and have always changed my own oil, but this cartridge thing scares me. Could anyone explain the difference between this and changing the oil in my Accord? Also, what is the maintanence interval for a major tune-up. I couldn't find it on the website. Thanks.
  • yarisyaris Posts: 3
    Just changed the oil in my Mazda5. The cartridge thing turns out to be not really a big deal. In the middle of the cartridge is a 6mm allen plug to neatly drain the oil out of the cartridge. Then the cartridge is removed using the special tool. (See earlier posts to purchase, although I found one at pepboys) The tool snaps onto the end of a 3/8 drive socket wrench and works quite well.Just spin off the housing like a regular oil filter. Inside the cartridge is the filter-just lift it out and pop the new one in. My replacement filter (Purolator L15505) also came with 2 o-rings-one for the housing drain plug and one for the housing itself. Swap o-rings, spin the housing and filter back on, and you're done. I did notice that the Purolator had fewer paper "fins" than the oem one, making me think it might not be as good. However, I'm not an engineer. Just an observation. The real pain of the job is the fact that the hole in the splash shield does not line up with the cartridge housing, requiring that the splash shield be removed (or at least lowered-it's sort of hinged) for access. That was about seven 10mm head bolts and 2 snap fasteners. Not hard, but an unnecessary pain, unless I'm missing something.(See my post above, #10 I think) The oil drains and fills otherwise quite normally (I've never changed the oil in an Accord, however) Finally, the owner's manual doesn't list a specific tune-up interval, but lists when to inspect or change diferent parts such as oil&filter (5k) sparkplugs (75k) etc.
  • evpedevped Posts: 39
    Thanks for the useful information.
  • drbonddrbond Posts: 1
    I have had the same problem last Saturday. Called the service dept. today and was told the hole was to remove the oil filter. I told him it would not work. Then he said it was for some sensors. Then he said they removed the whole cover to change the oil. I told him that no other place is going to go through that problem for $25 to $30 and he admitted that. I am going to take a pair of tin snips and make my own hole so I do not have to be bothered. Thank you, Dave
  • minisubminisub Posts: 8
    I recently brought a Maz-5 (automatic with manual ,however it was driving on the highway for 17 miles on 2nd gear of manual shifting) I was wonder is there thing I need to do at this point? This happened before the 600 mile mark and I know per manual you aren't suppose to rev at high rpm for more than 5 minutes. How much damage to the engine could this cause? Any feed back would be appreciated.
  • partsguy1partsguy1 Posts: 19

    Here are some links on breaking in an engine. Good thing Mazda changed the software otherwise your car might have caught on fire. How loud did the engine sound in second gear on the highway?
  • minisubminisub Posts: 8
    Thanks for the break in article, I guess I don't have to worry too much. :-) The engine sounded very loud as expected running 2nd gear at 60-70 mi/h. The car also got really hot even when the A/C was turn on, the inside was very warm. Thank goodness it didn't catch fire.
  • Just purchased our "5" in late July so not worried about oil changes yet but was wondering about down the road. Would using synthetic oil vs regular oil be worth its extra cost and does Mazda even recommend or endorse Synthetic oils? I was chatting with a local fellow here other day who presently has an RX-8 and his wife has a Mazda3. Says the RX-8 is his 6th Mazda and he's been using only synthetic oils in his Mazdas for several years. Says he's getting better power, better gas mileage and easier winter starts.(we're in Canada here) His suggestion - if you plan on trading in car in 3-4 years, not worth the extra cost but if you plan on keeping car for a while, use synthetic. And to boot he is using ethanol based gasoline in all his cars, even his new RX-8. Says gives better power and mileage than the regular stuff. Any comments out there?
  • While doing the walk through for my new MZ 5 Sport AT with 15 miles, I asked to check the transmission fluid.

    The salesman said that was a good idea and that not many people ask to be shown how to check the fluids.

    When I removed the stick, I was shocked to see that there was only a speck of orange fluid om the dip stick. The salesman said that it was a new engine and that there was fluid on the stick. When I wiped the dip stick, there was fluid, but I was still suprised that it wasn't orange on the dip stick.

    Does this sound correct. I'm used to seeing orange fluid on the dip stick and would like to confirm that all is well with the transmission fluid.


  • wusterwuster Posts: 153
    I have noticed that the transmission fluid in my 5 is almost clear with just a hint of redness. At first, I thought the same thing, that it was low on fluid. Then I checked it a few times and realized there was fluid, but it was the clearness that made it look empty.
  • mazdalvrmazdalvr Posts: 16
    I am sure it is, the only difference in the engine from the 3 to the 5 is torque.
  • nola1nola1 Posts: 18
    I have 30k+ miles on my Mazda5 and the tires are worn to the low tread indicators. How long should tires last? Will I be buying a new set of tires every year?
  • that all depends on your driving habits! Low profile tires don't usually have tread life warranties. as they usually have softer compounds designed to enhance handling at the expense of tire life.
  • wusterwuster Posts: 153
    True, and the OEM tires that came with the car usually isn't the greatest either...

    Look for tires with a higher wear rating. That should get you a longer lasting set of tires.
  • I have read alot about the plastic shield that is under the car (and in the way). Has anyone taken the car to a fast lube place and had a problem getting an oil change? Was there an up charge for having to remove the plastic shield?
    I am on my way to get my first change and just want to get an idea of what I might be in for.
    thanks :confuse:
    zoom 500
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