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Mazda CX-5 SkyActiv 2.0L I4 Engine Oil Change Guide
How to change the motor oil & replace the filter in a 1st generation 2012 to 2016 Mazda CX-5 with the SkyActiv 2.0L I4 engine.

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2013 CX-5 2.0L I4 Engine
Twist Off Oil Filler Cap
Pull Up Dipstick Handle
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the first generation (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & the refreshed 2016 model year) Mazda CX-5 SUV in changing the motor oil and replacing the canister style oil filter on the SkyActiv-G 2.0 liter inline four cylinder engine.

Owners of other Mazda vehicles such as the Mazda 2, Mazda 3, Mazda 5, Mazda 6, CX-7, CX-9, and the MX-5 Miata may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The items needed to complete this procedure include a floor jack, two jack stands, a small flathead screwdriver, an 8mm socket with a 1/4" drive ratcheting wrench (or a Phillips head screwdriver), an 8mm Allen key or 8mm hex head socket, 5 quarts of SAE 0W-20 oil and an automotive funnel.

A few compatible replacement canister style oil filters with their part numbers are as follows: Bosch 3300, Mobil 1 M1-108, K&N PS-1008, Royal Purple 10-2876, Fram PH6607, Pennzoil HPZ-37, Mann-Filter ML 1014, Mazda PE01-14-302A, ACDelco PF1237, Purolator L14612 and Wix # 57002.

Raise Vehicle With Jack
Service Access Panel
Pry Out Plastic Fastener
The first three steps are to warm up the engine for a few minutes, park the vehicle on a level surface and then turn off the engine.

Warming up the engine will help suspend any contaminants within the old oil and also allow the old oil to drain out more quickly.

Make sure you engage the emergency / parking brake and chock both sides of the rear wheels to prevent the SUV from moving while you are working under the car.

Pop open the hood, twist off the oil filler cap in the counterclockwise direction and lift out the yellow handled oil level dipstick an inch or two.

Removing the oil filler cap and pulling up the dipstick will help prevent a vacuum from forming and also allow the old oil to drain out more quickly.

Raise the front of the vehicle with the floor jack and securely support it with at least two jack stands.

Slide under the front passenger side of the engine bay with a small flathead screwdriver and either an 8mm socket with a ratcheting wrench or a Phillips head screwdriver.

Locate the service access panel near the middle of the under engine cover (A.K.A. "splash guard" or "skid plate").

Pry out the center of the plastic pop rivet with the small flathead screwdriver and then pull out the entire fastener.

Pop Rivet Removed
Loosen 8mm Bolts
Or Use Phillips Screwdriver
Then loosen the two bolts by turning them counterclockwise with an 8mm socket and 1/4" drive ratcheting wrench or a Phillips head screwdriver.
 8mm/Phillips & Pop Rivet
Remove Access Cover
Drain Bolt & Old Filter
Once the plastic pop rivet and two 8mm screws have been removed, you can pull out the plastic access panel.

Set the panel aside in a safe place.

You'll be able to see the black metal oil pan and the oil drain bolt located on the rear edge.

The canister style oil filter is located just behind the oil pan.

8mm Hex Drain Bolt
Used Oil Catch Basin
Loosen With 8mm Allen Key
Slide the used oil catch container to just below the drain bolt.

Be careful when you remove the oil drain bolt. The old oil may still be hot enough to burn your skin depending on how long you warmed up the engine.

Loosen the oil drain bolt in the counterclockwise direction with an 8mm Allen key wrench or an 8mm hex head socket.

Drain Out Old Oil
Tighten Drain Bolt Clockwise
Spin Off Old Oil Filter
Allow the old oil to drain out for at least a few minutes or until the flow slows to just an occasional drop.

If the oil drain bolt has a crush washer, inspect it and replace it if necessary.

Re-insert the oil drain bolt and tighten it in the clockwise direction with the 8mm hex head socket or an 8mm Allen key wrench to just past hand tight or about 23-30 lb-ft (30 to 41 N-m).

Slide the used oil catch basin to below the old oil filter.

Twist off the old oil filter in the counterclockwise direction.

If you have trouble loosening the old oil filter, you may need to use an oil filter wrench such as the Lisle # 63600.


Dip Pinky In New Oil
Lubricate Rubber O-Ring
Tighten New Filter Clockwise
Allow the old oil to drain out from the oil filter receptacle for at least a few minutes.

I recommend buying the Mobil 1 M1-108 oil filter since it has excellent reviews on Amazon.

Dip your pinky finger in to some new oil and lubricate the rubber o-ring gasket on the new oil filter.

Lubricating the rubber o-ring will help it form a better seal, prevent oil leaks and also make it easier to remove during the next oil change.

Make sure that the rubber o-ring from the old oil filter is not still attached to the engine.

Twist on the new oil filter in the clockwise direction to about 1/4 to 1/3 turn past hand tight.

Try to avoid over tightening the new oil filter to prevent from damaging the rubber o-ring or crushing the metal body which can lead to leaks.

Re-Insert Access Cover
Close Service Panel
Push In Plastic Pop Rivet
Double check that the drain bolt and oil filter are tight before moving on to the next steps.

Line up the plastic service access panel and slide it back in to place.

Re-insert the plastic fastener and pop in the center part to secure it.

Spin In 8mm Bolts
Tighten Screws Clockwise
Access Panel Secured
Spin in the two bolts by hand a few turns and then tighten them with the 8mm socket and ratcheting wrench until they are snug.

Double check that the 3 fasteners on the service access panel are secure.

Lower SUV From Stands
Re-Insert Automotive Funnel
Pour In New 0W-20 Oil
Carefully lower the vehicle from the jack stands by using the floor jack.

Insert an automotive funnel in to the oil filler hole.

The oil capacity for the SkyActiv-G 2.0L I4 engine for an oil change with filter replacement is 4.4 U.S. quarts (4.2L or 3.7 Imperial quarts).

It is far better to have slightly less oil than necessary in an engine than to overfill it. Running an engine that has been overfilled with oil can cause damage to the gaskets, seals or other components.

Only pour in about 4 quarts of the engine's 4.4 U.S. quart capacity.

Check Dipstick Oil Level
Twist On Oil Filler Cap
Oil Change Complete
Temporarily replace the oil filler cap and push down the dipstick.

Start the engine and allow it to run for a few minutes, turn off the engine, and allow the oil to drain back down to the pan for at least 5 to 10 minutes.

Pull out the yellow handled dipstick, wipe it clean, re-insert it and pull it out again to check the oil level.

If necessary, slow in pour in more oil and repeatedly check the level on the dipstick until it reaches just at or below the upper metal hole which indicates the "Full" or "Maximum" line.

You may not need to pour in the entire 4.4 U.S. quarts of new SAE 0W-20 oil in order for the level to reach the maximum line.

Once the oil is at the correct level, replace the dipstick and tighten the oil filler cap in the clockwise direction.

Be sure to record the oil change in your car's service records. It would also be a good idea to check your parking spot, garage or driveway for drops of fresh oil which may indicate a leak from the drain bolt or the new filter.

For more, check out all of my Mazda CX-5 DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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