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Mazda 5 Check Engine Oil Level

Learn how to check the engine oil level and add oil on Mazda 5.

Mazda 5 Check Engine Oil Level
ESTIMATED TIME 5 min - 10 min

Checking the Mazda5 engine oil level is easy and takes less than five minutes. This guide applies to Mazda 5 model years 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018.

If the level is low, add 5W-30 full synthetic oil to bring the oil level between the Min and Max marks on the dipstick


If the engine oil level is low on your Mazda, add oil to bring the oil reading up to the recommended level. Below you will find the instructions on how to add oil to Mazda 5. Watch the video clips for more help.

  1. Park the Mazda 5 on a level surface. This will help you get an accurate reading when you check the engine oil level.

  2. Turn off the engine and wait for at least five minutes before you proceed to check the engine oil level on your Mazda 5. This will allow the engine oil to return to the oil pan, which is necessary to take an accurate reading. 

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  3. Open Hood. Set the parking brake. Open the hood by pulling the hood release under the dashboard.

  4. Locate the engine oil dipstick at the front of the engine. Remove oil dipstick and wipe it clean.

    open hood to verify motor oil level on 5 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
  5. Note Low (MIN) oil level mark. Remove the oil dipstick. Wipe the oil off the dipstick. Note both the minimum and maximum marks. Reinsert the dipstick back into the oil dipstick tube. 

    2010-2018 Mazda 5 Check engine oil level, Add motor oil

  6. Read the oil level. Pull the dipstick out and check the engine oil level on your Mazda 5. The level needs to be between the min and max mark. If the engine oil level is below the min mark, you need to add engine oil to your Mazda5. Follow instructions as described in the next step. 

  7. Locate the oil filler cap on top of the engine. This is where you add oil to your Mazda 5.

    location of oil filler cap used to add engine oil Mazda 5 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018

  8. Add recommended engine oil. Start by adding about half a quart at a time and check the level again. If the oil level is still under the MIN mark, add more oil. Don't overfill your oil above the MAX/FULL mark. Only add the recommended oil level, as stated in your owner's manual. Typically 5W-20 or 5W-30 Synthetic Engine Oil.  


If the oil light remains illuminated even though the oil level is normal or after adding oil, stop the engine immediately and have your vehicle towed to a mechanic.


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Safety Tips

Auto Repair Safety 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. 
  • Make sure the hood is closed properly. Do not drive if the hood does not latch. 

Can I drive with low engine oil?

NO. This is not recommended. Driving with low engine oil will cause damage to the internal components of your engine over time. Also, proper engine cooling and performance will suffer as a result. 

What type of oil should I put in my car?

  • You should always add the OEM recommended oil viscosity to your vehicle's engine. (i.e 5w30, 10w30) you can consult your owner's manual for this information. If you do not have or cannot locate your owner's manual, use 0W-20 or 5W-30. 

Where can I get engine oil? 

  • You can purchase engine oil at many auto parts stores including Advance Auto Parts, AutoZone, including box stores like Walmart. 

How much engine oil should I add?

The engine oil level is indicated by two marks towards the end of the dipstick. The higher mark on the dipstick is the full indicator, and the one towards the end of the dipstick is the low level. 

However, always start with a half quart, check the reading again and add more if necessary to prevent overfilling.