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Check/Add Engine Oil Mazda 3 2013-2018

Step-by-step procedure on how to check and add engine oil on a 2013-2018 Mazda 3.

ESTIMATED TIME 5 - 15 mins
DIY COST $ 10 - 20
DIFFICULTY Very Easy

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What you will need

Procedure

  1. Unlock the vehicle and pull the hood release under the dashboard.Pulling the hood release to pop out the hood.

     

  2. Locate the hood latch on the vehicle's front and slide the tab to the right to unlock it.Sliding the tab to unlock the hood latch.

     

  3. Pull the hood up and set the hood strut to hold the hood.Setting the hood strut to hold the hood.

     

  4. Pull the oil dipstick located on the middle of the engine cover and wipe it clean. Wiping the oil dipstick.

     

  5. Insert the oil dipstick and pull it out again. Then check the oil level by looking at the tip of the dipstick. The dot at the bottom indicates the MIN (minimum) level, while the dot at the top indicates MAX (maximum) oil level. The correct oil level should be between the two dots. Checking the oil level of the engine.

    The two holes on the tip of the dipstick indicate the minimum and maximum oil levels.

  6. To add engine oil, remove the oil cap by twisting it counterclockwise.Opening the oil cap of the engine.

    Check the oil cap to make sure what engine oil to use. If the recommended oil level is not printed on the cap, it should be in the owner's manual. If the owner's manual is unavailable, use 5W-30 full synthetic engine oil. 

  7. Pour engine oil if the level is low. Use a funnel to prevent the oil from spilling.Adding engine oil to the Mazda 3.

     

  8. Recheck the oil level after adding engine oil. Repeat procedures 4-5 to recheck the oil level. Do not fill more than the MAX (top dot) level. Checking the oil level of the engine.

     

  9. Reinstall the oil cap by twisting it clockwise.Placing the oil cap back to the engine.

     

Notes

  • It is normal for new oil to turn black pretty quickly, but that doesn’t affect the quality. 
  • After you add oil, you should wait a couple of minutes for the oil to get to the oil pan before you make another measurement. 
  • Checking the oil level right after you turned off the engine can give you inaccurate measurements. That's why we recommend you should wait at least 10 minutes after you turn the engine off. 
  • Do not drive if the oil light stays on. If the oil light stays on, it means low oil pressure or no pressure which can lead to catastrophic engine damage. 
Check/Add Engine Oil Mazda 3 2013-2018 Step-by-step procedure on how to check and add engine oil on a 2013-2018 Mazda 3.