What have you done to your CX-5 today?

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2018 CX-5 Sport
I got annoyed at how the extension fit on my oil filter cap wrench, it would extend too far into the hole and it would fall off easily. So grounded the end down, drilled and tapped the tip and screwed it onto the cap wrench. Then cut grooves into the end so I can grip it easy with my fingers even when oily. I had to grind the screw head down a little so it cleared the bottom of the oil filter when in use.

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CTt3P5

TAD
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2008 MX-5 SE
looks great! I've got the same ones and I don't think I ever got the clips in correctly....

Right! PITA...just when I'd have them lined up perfectly, I'd start to press down and one would shift. Finally, I lined them up the best I could, pressed them onto the car and then adjusted the clips the best I could after.
 
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2014 CX-5 Touring
if you remove the rear wiper cap, you will see that there is a tab that prevents you from pulling the wiper up with the cap on. the tab is probably 1/2 an inch or so. i just scored it with a dull pocket knife and bent it back till it snapped at the base.

I need to do this. I've been just removing that cap and sticking it in my pocket whenever I'm washing the car.

Oil change kit link, which according to Amazon is running late (from Avondale Mazda) and I should be getting it this week. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DW6RUGQ/?tag=m20b7-20
 

yrwei52

2016 Mazda CX-5 GT AWD w/Tech Pkg
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Plano, Texas, USA
I need to do this. I've been just removing that cap and sticking it in my pocket whenever I'm washing the car.

Oil change kit link, which according to Amazon is running late (from Avondale Mazda) and I should be getting it this week. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DW6RUGQ/?tag=m20b7-20
So you haven’t got the oil change kit. Keep us posted if you really get the Japanese oil filter like the picture on Amazon shown?

Have you thought about changing to Mazda approved 5W-30 oil worldwide for your oil consumption issue?
 
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2014 CX-5 Touring
huh? no it hasn't been delivered yet. Why would I not get the filter shown in the photo?

No I haven't thought about using 5w-30 oil. I prefer 0w oil for minimizing cold startup engine wear.
 

yrwei52

2016 Mazda CX-5 GT AWD w/Tech Pkg
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Plano, Texas, USA
huh? no it hasn't been delivered yet. Why would I not get the filter shown in the photo?
The picture of oil filter at Amazon showed PE01-14-302 which is Tokyo Roki Japanese made oil filter. But in reality you should get cheaper “Value Products” PE01-14-302-MV oil filter which is made in Mexico.
There're now 3 OEM Mazda SkyActiv oil filters:

OEM Mazda
SkyActiv Oil Filters
PE01-14-302AMade in Japan with the best quality.
Comes with greased O-ring type gasket、
shrink wrapped seal on top preventing dust、
and packaged in a sealed paper box.
1WPE-14-302Made in Thailand.
Smaller in outside diameter than PE01-14-302A.
Comes with greased O-ring type gasket、
shrink wrapped seal on top preventing dust、
and packaged in a non-sealed paper box.
PE01-14-302A-MVMade in Mexico.
Comes with non-greased flat gasket、
shrink wrapped seal on entire filter、
and no paper box.

Based on picture provided by madar, Mazda OEM value-line PE01-14-302A-MV oil filter does look different from Wix 57002. But I'd still get PE01-14-302A-MV OEM "value" filter if there's no other OEM choices! :)
No I haven't thought about using 5w-30 oil. I prefer 0w oil for minimizing cold startup engine wear.
Based on oil viscosity chart by Mazda, 5W-30 oil is recommended for the temperature as low as -25°F. On the other hand 0W-20 is for as low as -35°F.

If your area is not that cold, use 5W-30 oil which could reduce your oil consumption.

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2014 CX-5 Touring
I don't care about winter protection. I care about cold start protection. When cold (i.e. ambient temp, even in summer), even 0w oil is too thick to properly flow through bearings and protect engine parts, like it does when it's at operating temperature. But 0w oil is the thinnest you can get at ambient temperature, so it has the best chance of protecting metal parts during those first few engine revolutions in the morning or when first started each day.

This is why I run 0w oils in all my vehicles, in my Integra specifically for over 10 years now (0w-30 Mobil1 in that car and my Miata). If Mazda had a 0w-30 oil I would use that. But they don't so I use their 0w-20.

This is also why I don't let my cars idle for many minutes to get them warmed up in the morning. I start it, wait about 30 seconds, then drive easily until the car has reached operating temp. Proper operating temp is critical to engine reliability, and I want it to get there as quickly as possible. Driving normally and easily instead of just idling is the quickest way to get there.
 

yrwei52

2016 Mazda CX-5 GT AWD w/Tech Pkg
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Plano, Texas, USA
I don't care about winter protection. I care about cold start protection. When cold (i.e. ambient temp, even in summer), even 0w oil is too thick to properly flow through bearings and protect engine parts, like it does when it's at operating temperature. But 0w oil is the thinnest you can get at ambient temperature, so it has the best chance of protecting metal parts during those first few engine revolutions in the morning or when first started each day.

This is why I run 0w oils in all my vehicles, in my Integra specifically for over 10 years now (0w-30 Mobil1 in that car and my Miata). If Mazda had a 0w-30 oil I would use that. But they don't so I use their 0w-20.

This is also why I don't let my cars idle for many minutes to get them warmed up in the morning. I start it, wait about 30 seconds, then drive easily until the car has reached operating temp. Proper operating temp is critical to engine reliability, and I want it to get there as quickly as possible. Driving normally and easily instead of just idling is the quickest way to get there.
Ha, if you believe only the 0W oil can protect the engine better in cold start, how are those 2.5T owners gonna do with recommended 5W-30 oil? ;)

But then if I were you I‘d just use any reputable 0W-30 oil trying to stop the oil consumption. Or use the latest SP / GF-6 standard oil such as Idemitsu SP / GF-6 0W-20 oil which is supposed to make 26-46% reduction in oil consumption for longer life.

Oil consumption is not good to the environment, and is not good to the emission devices especially the expensive catalytic converter. I’d try anything to reduce or stop it without expensive engine repair.
 
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2018 CX-5 Sport
0W-20 is for maximum MPG. Probably to align with the government's push for a clean environment. 5W-30 is still very thin oil. Most engine wear is cranking and first start up when most of the oil drained into the pan over night. I use Castrol 0W-20, and the oil molecules stick really well to metal. Even the door knob. It stays so slippery. I think there is minimal wear on our motors at start up with synthetic oil. Reading the reviews about the oil change kit, it will have the Thai filter which is a good filter.
 
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'17-6, '21 CX-5
Picked up my new 2021 GT Monday, washed it when I got home. Did a complete exterior detail on Tuesday. Yesterday I did the interior, ordered a set of Husky Weatherbeater floor liners and a retractable cargo cover. I don’t let the dealer prep monkeys put their paws on it. Today I programmed the Homelink and went over some of the other features. Monday I have a date with my protective film installer to get some Xpel front end protection.
Still waiting for Amazon to get the SD navigation cards for the 2021’s.....at a fraction of the price the dealers charge for them.

Maybe tomorrow I’ll actually get a chance to drive it.....😅
 

yrwei52

2016 Mazda CX-5 GT AWD w/Tech Pkg
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Plano, Texas, USA
Wife went out a couple of days ago and was getting some groceries long due. She called me immediately saying that there‘s a yellow warning light and asked me why. I just put in a new OEM Mazda High Performance battery in on the other day so it couldn’t be anything battery related. She said she actually saw the warning light last week when she drove the CX-5 visiting a friend but forgot to mentioned it. I went out and checked, it’s:
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I was confused a bit at first as this’s the first time on 5+ years of the ownership on our 2016 CX-5 I saw this warning light lit. Then my mind was coming back and figured out this’s the TPMS warning light, and I went ahead reset the TPMS with the button and let her go. The light has never come back since the reset.

Yesterday I checked the tire pressure long overdue. I knew the pressure will be low for all tires especially the weather is getting a lot colder recently. But the temperature drop which would cause low tire pressure on all tires has never triggered the TPMS before, as the way system designed. 3 tires were 30 psi +/- 1, but the right front was 26. That’s why the TPMS warning. I added air to 39.5 psi for all tires which is the optimal tire pressure on my CX-5 for even wear so far with 41,820 miles. The pressure on spare had dropped to 42 psi as usual, I added air to 60.5 psi.

So the TPMS worked as intended. :)
 

yrwei52

2016 Mazda CX-5 GT AWD w/Tech Pkg
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Plano, Texas, USA
Of course, there is a reason for that. Keep an eye on it for pressure loss and figure out why.
Yes. It can’t be a nail as it’s been 2 weeks since the TPMS warning light lit until my wife mentioned it. The factory Toyo A23 tires are 5½ years old, I’ll replace them any time with a new set of Radar Dimax AS-8 225/55R19 103V tires which now are sitting in the garage.
 
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