WHAT KIND OF OIL DOES MAZDA RECOMMEND USING?
Trying to figure out what type of oil to use in a car can be pretty confusing, especially since it seems as though every person has a different opinion when it comes to what is best. There are conventional oil, synthetic blends, and full synthetic oil available, but what kind of oil does Mazda recommend using for its vehicles?
RECOMMEND USING A SYNTHETIC OIL?
Mazda recommends using a SAE 0W-20 oil — which is available as a full synthetic or as a blend. But can you get away with using a 5W-20 conventional oil? Yes and no. It won’t void your warranty or be bad for your car, necessarily. However, using the recommended oil will get you the best performance, especially if you’re somewhere with extreme heat or cold climates — hello Wisconsin. The Mazda Engine Oil Maintenance Monitor in new Mazda vehicles also uses 0W-20 oil for its calculations, so if you want to have it accurately measure the percentage of your oil life remaining, then it is best to stick with the recommended one.
HOW LONG CAN A MAZDA GO BETWEEN OIL CHANGES?
While we don’t recommend putting off an oil change as long as possible, Mazda recommends that at the very least you change your oil at least once a year or every 10,000 miles — but only under very specific circumstances. You would need to avoid extended periods of idling or low-speed driving, and you would have to be driving in conditions without very much dust. Otherwise, if you’re driving in pretty regular conditions, it is recommended to change around every 4-6 months or 5,000 to 7,500 miles — depending on your model.
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SHOULD YOU PERFORM AN OIL CHANGE?
Oil changes can be complicated on modern cars. There are many panels that you have to remove, the area under a car is tight and difficult to work in, finding a jacking point can be difficult, and you may even require special tools. However, there is some maintenance that you can easily perform at home.
WHAT DOES THE RED OIL LIGHT MEAN?
The red oil light on your car’s dash isn’t a friendly reminder. In fact, it is an indicator of a serious problem. You can learn all about what it means and what you should do, but in almost all cases you should get to a service center as soon as possible.