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Oil change time again...........first look at mag drain plug

About to hit 4000kms so it's time for oil change #2 today. Got down and dirty to do it after work and was also the first time I get to see how the mag drain plug looked after pulling it to drain the oil.



I expected it to have a lot more filings on the plug than what I see so I guess that's a good sign. Engine's running great and knowing this little guy is keeping any possible filings from circulating around inside the motor makes me feel good.

BTW, Mazda calls for 4.2L of oil to be added when doing an oil change with filter. I lift the car up quite a bit when it drains and I let it drain for quite a while before putting the plug back in.

Adding 4.2L of oil only puts the oil level just below the halfway mark on the dipstick between the top and bottom dots on the dipstick (that's AFTER I start the car and drive it around the block). I had to add another 300ml of oil to that for a total of 4.5L of oil to bring the level up to the top dot on the dipstick.

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Sorry if the question sounds stupid.. but do all CX-3 come with magnetic drain plugs from the factory or is this aftermarket?
We just got our 2017 Cx-3 Touring a couple of days ago so I have not done an oil change just yet. Thanks!

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No question is stupid we're all here to help each other to get the best life out of our CX-3's.

To answer your q, no the car doesn't come with a mag drain plug it's an aftermarket item that I bought. Your CX-3's OE drain plug is an allen head plug and Mazda has a factory hex drain plug you can purchase to use. An allen head plug isn't a good idea to use, if you put torque to it when you don't have the allen driver square on the plug you can round it off and you are screwed.

At the very least I would get the proper Mazda hex drain plug and change it or do what I did.

Search my posts I provided part #'s and stuff for the plugs.

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Saved you some work, check these threads out:

CX-3 DIY Engine Oil Change

Magnetic drain plug for CX-3
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There are no stupid questions; only stupid people and I am their king. All who bow before me are stupid.

To wit: I've been trying to figure out if I can relocate the oil filter so that I can do a change without having to get under the car. My PELA oil extractor works well in the CX-3 but then I still have to lift the front to get to the filter.

I call it constructive laziness.

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No question is stupid we're all here to help each other to get the best life out of our CX-3's.

To answer your q, no the car doesn't come with a mag drain plug it's an aftermarket item that I bought. Your CX-3's OE drain plug is an allen head plug and Mazda has a factory hex drain plug you can purchase to use. An allen head plug isn't a good idea to use, if you put torque to it when you don't have the allen driver square on the plug you can round it off and you are screwed.

At the very least I would get the proper Mazda hex drain plug and change it or do what I did.

Search my posts I provided part #'s and stuff for the plugs.

Tony

Saved you some work, check these threads out:

CX-3 DIY Engine Oil Change

Magnetic drain plug for CX-3
Hey thanks! I think I'm just going to go your route and switch out to a magnetic drain plug. I can easily find those dorman drain plugs at auto stores around here. Learned something new again haha.. I didn't know it the drain plug was an allen head style.

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