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PostPosted: Mon Jan 20, 2014 9:36 pm    Post subject: Mazda 5 - cartridge oil filter Reply with quote

So, on our recently-acquired 2009 Mazda 5, I had the dealership do the first two oil changes, primarily to preserve the powertrain warranty, but the dealership has moved to a way less convenient location, and there's only a few weeks of warranty left, so I thought I'd do my own oil changes from now on.

To my surprise, the oil filter is cartridge-style, rather than spin on. Per my on-line reading, the 5 used a cartridge from inception until late in the 2009 model year. The cartridge is shared with other 2.3 l applications - Mazda 3, Mazda 6, and certain Fords running the 2.3.

For whatever reason, Mazda went to a spin-on filter from then on.

There are cartridge-to-spin-on conversion kits available, but I thought that I'd try a cartridge change first.

It's a bit finicky, but went OK. I bought a filter from the dealer, and thought it was a bit pricey. The cartridge housing is plastic, and I erred on the side of caution and bought the special filter tool (also expensive) from the dealership. The housing has a little drain plug in the centre, but the parts person at the dealership said that trying to use the drain plug was the main cause of breaking the housing. So, I took the housing off without pre-draining it.

Once the housing was off, I cleaned it up and removed the drain plug. I reinstalled the drain plug with anti-seize compound, so will do the pre-drain next time.

I used a torque wrench to reinstall the housing (30 - 35 N-m) and there are no leaks so far.

It was good to be able to examine the cartridge for unusual deposits (none, in this case). Some people who are way more into it than me cut open their old oil filters.

So overall I'm happy with the cartridge system. I ordered 12 Baldwin filter elements, so I guess I've thrown my hat over the wall now.

Will probably pick up a spare plastic cartridge housing as well, just in case.

If breakage and/or leaks become a problem, I'll probably go for the conversion, but so far so good.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 22, 2014 6:33 pm    Post subject: Re: Mazda 5 - cartridge oil filter Reply with quote

I dislike the cartridge, it's just a lot more mess. Glad you got it right, though Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 22, 2014 9:05 pm    Post subject: Re: Mazda 5 - cartridge oil filter Reply with quote

Yup, there's always the potential for leaks, and I wish the cartridge housing was steel instead of plastic. Will carry a spare filter with me on trips just in case.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 2014 12:15 am    Post subject: Re: Mazda 5 - cartridge oil filter Reply with quote

Bought 12 Baldwin cartridge filters for around C$7 each, so I guess I'm committed to the cartridges for awhile.
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