How to Change the Oil on the Mazda B3000by Daniel Valladares
The B3000 is a light-duty pickup truck sold under the Mazda brand but manufactured in collaboration with Ford. Like all pickup trucks, the B3000 requires engine oil to keep the vehicle running smoothly. B3000 owners should change the oil every six months or 3,000 miles. This is a simple procedure and the only requirement is that you have the right kind of motor oil on hand. Mazda recommends that only SAE 5W-20 oil should be used, as other types of oil may cause unwanted build-up or could adversely impact the engine's performance.
Park the truck on level ground and turn off the engine. Open the hood.
Place a drain pan directly below the drain plug on the underside of the truck. Loosen the drain plug with a socket wrench and allow the oil to drain into the pan. Wait a few minutes to allow all of the oil to drain from the engine.
Close and tighten the drain plug. Open and remove the engine oil cap on the top of the engine by twisting counterclockwise. Place a funnel into the opening.
Pour the engine oil into the funnel. A Mazda B3000 can hold a maximum of 5.7 quarts of oil. Add a few quarts and then check the oil level using the dipstick. Continue adding oil and checking the oil level with the dipstick. Stop adding oil when the level on the dipstick is between the "MIN" and "MAX" marks. Do not overfill, as excessive oil could blow the engine seals and lead to costly repairs.
Remove the funnel and reattach the engine oil cap. Close the hood.
- "1996 Mazda B3000 Owner's Manual"; Mazda Motor Corporation; 1995
- Properly dispose of the old engine oil by taking it to your local auto parts shop. Most shops will charge you a small fee to dispose of the oil.
Things You'll Need
- Socket wrench
- Drain pan
- Clean rag
- SAE 5W-20 engine oil
Daniel Valladares began his career as a medical writer in 2008. He has written patient education brochures for several pharmaceutical companies and has worked as an auto mechanic at Kim's Speedy Auto Service since 2007. Valladares holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Rice University and is currently studying to become a personal trainer.