MK 2.5 oil filter

Post here if you require help or have information that may assist others with their MX-5.

MK 2.5 oil filter

Postby Gordond » Wed Jul 08, 2015 1:42 pm

Can anyone please advise the easiest way to get at and change the oil filter on a 2004 MK 2.5 1.8i sports
Regards
Gordon
Gordond
OC Member
Gordon Duncan
MX-5 OC Club Member
 
Posts: 4
Joined: Tue Nov 19, 2013 10:12 am

Re: MK 2.5 oil filter

Postby iain cooper » Wed Jul 08, 2015 6:26 pm

Take it to Eddie at Drumtochty Glen :lol:

Iain
iain cooper
 
Posts: 120
Joined: Mon Dec 30, 2013 4:41 pm
Location: argyll and bute

Re: MK 2.5 oil filter

Postby drumtochty » Wed Jul 08, 2015 10:48 pm

I hate Mk1, Mk2 and Mk2.5 oil filters but I do change then and complain as those that have visited can testify.

To be honest the Mk3 is still a bit of a pain to change and there is a thin copper pipe there to be broken if you are not careful!!!!!!!!!!!!!
99 Mk2 1.8 IS Silver
08 Mk3 2.0 RC Sport Copper Red
drumtochty
User avatar
OC Member
Eddie Cairns
MX-5 OC Club Member
 
Posts: 2591
Joined: Thu Jun 18, 2009 1:42 pm
Location: Drumtochty Glen, Auchenblae

Re: MK 2.5 oil filter

Postby drumtochty » Wed Jul 08, 2015 11:04 pm

Even Mazda without telling anyone have two sizes of flutes on the end of the filter depending on the day they were made.

You can buy two cup wrenches or someone is makeing one that has both sizes of flutes on it and remove them with a 3/8 in ratchet that fits into hole in the cup wrench but during the last Tech Day in April. I sent one car away with the cup wrench still stuck to the filter as I could not get it off.

With a 2 post you can get to it but not see it from below and from the top it is just horrible to get at it.

There was a guy called Mark Swinhoe in the Grampian area who could get them off with his hand but I cannot do it.

I will check the flute size tommorrow for you.

Update http://www.amazon.co.uk/Laser-4990-65mm ... B00449CFK6

Where are you based.
99 Mk2 1.8 IS Silver
08 Mk3 2.0 RC Sport Copper Red
drumtochty
User avatar
OC Member
Eddie Cairns
MX-5 OC Club Member
 
Posts: 2591
Joined: Thu Jun 18, 2009 1:42 pm
Location: Drumtochty Glen, Auchenblae

Re: MK 2.5 oil filter

Postby mgrays » Thu Jul 09, 2015 5:29 pm

I think it depends where the Mazda filter is sourced from .. US filters are bigger than Euro ones.. not sure about Japan ones. Lots of non Mazda suppliers probably get Japan source ones which are different from UK ones .. so likely bigger than Euro made ones! Look on the box to see where it was made.

It is tight but turn steering wheel to the left to make an opening behind the drivers wheel, lie on your back and while doing that thread your hand forward behind the driver' wheel .. and you can get to the oil filter. Sometimes you can get them off by hand if they have been put on "correctly" which is hand tight (swelling seal on contact to oil should hold them tight) but not all the time. I now turn until it is as tight as I can by hand and remove with a tool.. the cost of a slackening filter is too much to risk. The filter cup on 3/8" ratchet is the best way .. you may have to flip to "undo" on ratchet to get the cup off the filter.. before that I was using/still sometimes use the Draper fabric loop 1/2" filter gripper that rarely fails on any filter but needs to be wound up in place which is fiddly ;
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Draper-13771-2- ... B0001K9PF0

Tip is to put an old rag under the filter to catch the drips.. and pre fill the filter with oil before you fit it.

Coming in from on top is possible but need small hands and long arms! .. my muckle mitts have to do it in about 3 trips as I thread filter in, get tool in, get hands in (hand with tool cannot pass into gap) .. and still I get cuts from the petrol pipe clips.

Another way to make it easier is to remove drivers wheel and put car on axle stand on that side.. then at least you can see a bit more!
Malcolm GS
94 JLtd2 FM2
mgrays
 
Posts: 661
Joined: Mon Jul 19, 2004 7:03 pm
Location: Aberdeen, Scotland

Re: MK 2.5 oil filter

Postby Gordond » Thu Jul 09, 2015 7:35 pm

Thanks for the info. Looks as if it will keep me busy for some time.
Gordond
OC Member
Gordon Duncan
MX-5 OC Club Member
 
Posts: 4
Joined: Tue Nov 19, 2013 10:12 am

Re: MK 2.5 oil filter

Postby OldSpice » Fri Jul 10, 2015 9:53 am

iain cooper wrote:Take it to Eddie at Drumtochty Glen :lol:

Iain


Agreed. It's a lovely drive there I understand and you may even get a Castrol Syntrax 75/90 flavoured bacon butty chucked in. :lol:
There is always an imbecile you never bargained for. Usually in a Tescon carpark with a dented Zafira minus hubcaps
OldSpice
 
Posts: 740
Joined: Wed Jun 23, 2010 2:28 pm

Re: MK 2.5 oil filter

Postby drumtochty » Fri Jul 10, 2015 12:23 pm

Usually Tuna I'm afraid.
99 Mk2 1.8 IS Silver
08 Mk3 2.0 RC Sport Copper Red
drumtochty
User avatar
OC Member
Eddie Cairns
MX-5 OC Club Member
 
Posts: 2591
Joined: Thu Jun 18, 2009 1:42 pm
Location: Drumtochty Glen, Auchenblae

Re: MK 2.5 oil filter

Postby IanH » Fri Jul 10, 2015 12:30 pm

drumtochty wrote:Usually Tuna I'm afraid.


No :spam2: ?
IanH
User avatar
OC Member
Ian Hindmarsh
Site Admin
 
Posts: 2570
Joined: Fri Oct 08, 2004 10:53 am
Location: not the end of the world, but you can see it from here or near Inverurie.

Re: MK 2.5 oil filter

Postby joeytalent » Fri Jul 10, 2015 2:26 pm

A pair of rubber gloves helps get a lot more purchase on it.
joeytalent
 
Posts: 424
Joined: Mon Jan 31, 2011 4:36 pm

Re: MK 2.5 oil filter

Postby drumtochty » Fri Jul 10, 2015 7:35 pm

There are always plenty rubber gloves in the garage Joey.

I go through a box every 6 weeks.
99 Mk2 1.8 IS Silver
08 Mk3 2.0 RC Sport Copper Red
drumtochty
User avatar
OC Member
Eddie Cairns
MX-5 OC Club Member
 
Posts: 2591
Joined: Thu Jun 18, 2009 1:42 pm
Location: Drumtochty Glen, Auchenblae

Re: MK 2.5 oil filter

Postby joeytalent » Sun Jul 12, 2015 5:37 am

drumtochty wrote:There are always plenty rubber gloves in the garage Joey.

I go through a box every 6 weeks.

Out of interest, do you have a preferred supplier? I have stumpy fingers and struggle to find any that don't have a good 10mm excess for each finger.
joeytalent
 
Posts: 424
Joined: Mon Jan 31, 2011 4:36 pm


Return to Technical

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 4 guests

cron