Page 1 of 11 123 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 159

Thread: ATF Drain/Fill

  1. #1
    Banned Chris_Top_Her's Avatar
    Donated: $45
    CX Moderator

    '15 CX-5 Miata GT AWD w/Tech 2.5L

    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Location
    San Antonio TX
    Posts
    6,170

    ATF Drain/Fill

    After 36000 miles I decided to drain and fill my ATF. According to the manual, 3.5-5 qt will drain out. I drained a little over 3.5 qt.
    Oil - Up to 5qt of Mazda ATF FZ (It's blue then it comes out). I believe I paid about 14.50 at the dealer
    Preferably a lift. I rented a 4 arm lift for a total of $14 including use of some tool i needed to borrow and an impact gun to install a part I bought.
    Tools needed: 10mm socket, Flathead screwdriver, Phillips screwdriver, a general purpose pail with a measurement scale inside, a long funnel and a new washer (I got it free at the dealership) I believe the size of the drain plug was 8mm, you will need an 8mm allen wrench.

    Before you even drain your atf I would get a reading after you've driven it so you know your current level is for a visual dipstick reference later.

    1. Remove the dip stick from the reservoir. It's at the bottom front of the engine bay, pictured here. It is held in place by a 10mm bolt (already removed in the picture)







    2. There are 2 access panels on the cladding that is to be removed; one is the oil access, and one opens to nothing really (I think this may be for the manual transmission). Notice at the top of the picture there is a door (the closes and smallest door to the front of the car), it does not need to be removed, and it is the access for the radiator, don't mess with it. Under the car loosen (or remove, I found it easier just to loosen all the the front and leave the 2 plastic rivets in the rear because they can be hard to get out) the underbody cladding. It consists of about 6 10mm bolts on the front, and like 4 plastic rivets on the side. You can see I have left the two rear on, and it just hangs, you can remove if desired. The transmission pan is to the right of the oil pan, in the picture the bolt is off already. Note that the left is my oil pan, yours will look different as mine has a valve added to it.









    3.Allow the oil to drain into the bucket. 3.5-5 quarts is the drain amount. My oil came out reddish brown.






    4. Replace the drain plug and a new washer onto the pan.



    5.Use the funnel to add your new fluid, starting with the same quantity as you drained, checking for leaks after first quart. Do not reattach the bolt for the dipstick yet.





    6. Idle the car (or drive around the block) to heat up the oil before you take a reading. I've found that idling to get a proper reading may take a while, so give it about 10 mins. You are supposed to check it at 50 c (122f). I did this before I drained and filled and it was reading below, got hotter and it was still below (used torque pro to get atf temp from ecu); it read correctly after I had driven though (tested after a drive with the motor still on, wiped it and retook the reading). Just a head up. Add (or drain lol) atf as needed.

    7. Throw the oil into the toilet. (Just kidding don't do this)

    My result was smoothing out some bump shifting I was getting.
    The oil itself will run you about $70 for 5 bottles. Dealer charges about 75 for labour (varies), so by doing this yourself, you just saved about $75 an hour lol.

  2. #2
    Registered Member erhayes's Avatar
    Donated: $10

    Mazda CX-5 FWD Touring

    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Cape Coral, FL.
    Posts
    2,822
    Thank you for the effort. Ed

  3. #3
    Registered Member V8toilet's Avatar

    2014 CX-5 FWD Touring auto and 2012 Mazda 5 Sport

    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    Massachusetts
    Posts
    959
    Don't throw the oil in the toilet. (whistle)

    Thanks for the write-up Chris.


  4. #4
    Registered Member

    2013 Mazda CX-5 Touring

    Join Date
    Oct 2014
    Location
    New York,NY
    Posts
    44
    http://www.carcarekiosk.com/video/20.../flush_coolant

    This site should help a little,nothing too descriptive but it gives you a general idea of the process.

  5. #5
    Registered Member

    2013 CX-5 Touring FWD; 2013 BMW Z4 35i

    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    Santa Rosa, CA
    Posts
    3,383
    Didn't you post this a year or so ago?

  6. #6
    Registered Member

    2013 Mazda CX-5 Touring

    Join Date
    Oct 2014
    Location
    New York,NY
    Posts
    44
    No that wasnt me,I just joined the forum yesterday,just a site that I found useful for many different things.

  7. #7
    Registered Member

    2013 CX-5 Touring FWD; 2013 BMW Z4 35i

    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    Santa Rosa, CA
    Posts
    3,383
    Quote Originally Posted by arnolj25 View Post
    No that wasnt me,I just joined the forum yesterday,just a site that I found useful for many different things.
    I was referring to OP#1.

  8. #8
    Registered Member GP 2004's Avatar

    2015 CX-5 GT AWD liquid silver

    Join Date
    Dec 2014
    Location
    Chicago suburb
    Posts
    652
    Thanks for posting. Mine doesn't need to be changed yet. I like 'How To' posts like this.
    Last edited by GP 2004; 06-08-2015 at 10:03 AM.

  9. #9
    Registered Member

    '15 CX-5 Touring

    Join Date
    Sep 2014
    Location
    NE Ohio
    Posts
    7
    Being a refugee from the early 2000's Honda world, the fact that this fluid came out reddish brown would have made me very suspicious.....I assume it was blue originally---didn't the color change make you or anyone wonder about over-heating? Maybe not enough history here with this engine/tranny for concerns yet. Anyone else noticed this coloration change? I've only got 15k on mine so far, so have not done a drain/refill yet.

  10. #10
    Registered Member

    CX 5 Grand Touring / AWD Tech package

    Join Date
    Apr 2015
    Location
    West Virginia, US
    Posts
    100
    You know this doesn't need to be done. I tried to buy an extra quart of tran fluid at the dealer and the parts guy said they never change it at the dealership routinely. He talked me out of buying it. How many times has that happened at a dealership! However that fluid was pretty dark at 36000 miles. Thanks for the how to.
    Last edited by Tom 6-6; 06-09-2015 at 09:52 AM.

  11. #11
    Registered Member

    2014 CX5 GT AWD

    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    CT
    Posts
    222
    I was going to do it at 60k but did at 44k any ways. Was my first time and it went relatively smoothly. Getting the cladding off was the crappy part and crawling underneath the vehicle. Any way, I'm quite glad I performed this maintenance. After I took it out for a spin I did notice it becoming smoother going through the upshifts during acceleration. I'll probably continue doing this every 40k or every 5th-6th oil change while I'm down there.
    In the fam:
    2017 VW GTI SE
    2016 VW GTI SE
    2014 CX5 2.5 GT AWD w/ Tech Package
    2010 Mercedes E350 Coupe

  12. #12
    MoMo MikeM.'s Avatar

    2013 Mazda CX-5 Touring AWD 2.0L

    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Location
    NW Washington State, USA
    Posts
    3,970
    Quote Originally Posted by V8toilet View Post
    Don't throw the oil in the toilet. (whistle)
    That reminds me of the bluff I played on City Hall when I moved to a new town. I called them asking where was the used oil recycling center and they told me there wasn't one. Suspecting there was, I said "Oh, good, that makes it easy. I'll just dump it in the storm water drain in front of my house." She immediately woke up and said "No! Don't do that!" and put me on hold once I promised I wouldn't hang up. In 30 seconds she was back and told me to use the oil recycling facility at the City Marina.

    Funny how that works.

  13. #13
    Banned Chris_Top_Her's Avatar
    Donated: $45
    CX Moderator

    '15 CX-5 Miata GT AWD w/Tech 2.5L

    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Location
    San Antonio TX
    Posts
    6,170
    Quote Originally Posted by chinq6t View Post
    I was going to do it at 60k but did at 44k any ways. Was my first time and it went relatively smoothly. Getting the cladding off was the crappy part and crawling underneath the vehicle. Any way, I'm quite glad I performed this maintenance. After I took it out for a spin I did notice it becoming smoother going through the upshifts during acceleration. I'll probably continue doing this every 40k or every 5th-6th oil change while I'm down there.
    rear diff oil too
    Sigs are visible only in your first post on a page. To change your thread display preferences, click here and enable 'Always Show Signature'.

  14. #14
    Registered Member

    CX5 GT-R

    Join Date
    May 2015
    Location
    South-Central US
    Posts
    7,570
    I have gone round and round on transmission fluid changes for this vehicle. Some dealers say do it. Some say don't. Most don't even know how/if it can be done. As to color change, I wonder in this fluid if it is necessarily indicative of fluid life/fluid failure, etc. The fluid you all are getting out at 30K miles is much darker than I have EVER seen from a transmission before. Even at 100+K miles. It leads me to wonder if a) This is a horribly crappy transmission, or more likely, b) The color of the fluid is meaningless.

  15. #15
    MoMo MikeM.'s Avatar

    2013 Mazda CX-5 Touring AWD 2.0L

    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Location
    NW Washington State, USA
    Posts
    3,970
    Quote Originally Posted by Unobtanium View Post
    It leads me to wonder if a) This is a horribly crappy transmission, or more likely, b) The color of the fluid is meaningless.
    Must be a "horribly crappy transmission". That's why they all predictably fail right around 50,000 miles.


    Seriously, I could count on my fingers all the CX-5 transmission failures we've heard about and they all failed early due to a manufacturing defect. The engine/transmission is one of the best things about the CX-5 whether you're talking 2.0L g or 2.5L g.
    Sigs are visible only in your first post on a page. To change your thread display preferences, click here and enable 'Always Show Signature'.

Page 1 of 11 123 ... LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. To the transmission drain & fill folks
    By bullseye in forum CX-9 Engine & Transmission
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 03-30-2012, 06:54 PM
  2. Transmission drain and fill plugs
    By BoostedSpd6 in forum Mazda6 Engine & Transmission
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 08-26-2007, 04:56 PM
  3. m/t drain plug and fill ???
    By dupakupa in forum Mazda6 Engine & Transmission
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 12-18-2006, 04:43 AM
  4. Transaxle drain & fill
    By JFW in forum Mazdaspeed Protege
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 03-28-2005, 12:31 AM
  5. Transmission Drain/Fill bolt?
    By cervy in forum Protege5
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 08-06-2004, 06:13 PM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •