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Mazda MX-5: Miata Maintenance Day

Great day to work on the Miata this Memorial Day weekend. Sunny, 90 degrees… too hot to put the top down but quite pleasant in the shade. Bill stopped by for an oil change and to try running Mobil 1 high mileage 5w30 in his car, which I may do myself in the future.

Glad to see everything nice and clean on Bills car since the last time we did an oil change. One thing that stopped working though was the LED license plate bulbs that we replaced last July. Mine also burned last winter so I ordered some new ones. As soon as we plugged it in Bills car it started flickering, so we decided to go to the store and get a traditional non LED bulbs… which are surprisingly expensive at $5/ bux a pair.

Lickily the Walmart we went to had some Mad Mike ND Miatas in the toy aisle…so I bought every one they had. Will be since gift to someone someday.

Mazda MX-5: Oil Change at 7,000 Miles with Pennzoil Platinum 5W20 and K&N Oil Filter HP-1002

Today was a good day to work on my car, so I did my fourth oil change, again going with Pennzoil Platinum 5W20 and K&N oil filter HP-1002. Based on a recommendation from a friend who uses this oil and filter he suggested changing the oil at 8,000 miles. But being I’m going away for a month and the car has been performing a little duller than usual over the past few days I decided to change mine at 7,000 miles.

The oil looked much better than the previous Mobil 1 I changed at only 5,000 miles. It felt more viscous to the touch and not as dark. But it was dark nonetheless so I’m happy I changed it. Car got it’s pep back as I took it for a test drive afterwards.

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I really like the quality of the K&N oil filter (HP-1002) they come individually sealed and looking inside seem to be a sturdy product. When I dumped the old oil out of it into the catch can it was thick and dirty, so the filter did it’s job well.

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One observation about the K&N oil filter though, there seemed to be some seepage from the top of it going down. There was a clear mark of oil around the rim, and some collected on the very bottom. Not particularly sure why this was. The filter was on tight!

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To remove the filter I used a mod someone posted about on Miata.net cutting the top of a bottle and placing it over the filter to remove it off the car. However, my attempt didn’t go so well, the oil was going all around the bottle contraption, so next time I’ll just remove it like I’ve had in the past without using any aides, the results seem to be just as messy.

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Engine nice and clean, next oil change will probably be in the winter.

Mazda MX-5: Oil Change Deal! Pennzoil Platinum + K&N Filter $22.99

This post may be useful to a very small subset of readers, geographically located near an Advance Auto Parts store in the US with a requirement to purchase Pennzoil Platinum 0W-20 or 5W-20 fully synthetic engine oil and a K&N HP-1002 oil filter for cheap.

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Less than 100 miles since my last oil change I came across this nice deal from Pennzoil and Advance Auto Parts. While Walmart generally sells the same Pennzoil Platinum oil for $22.99 every day of the week, with this deal you get a $9.99-$13.99 K&N filter for free… of course you pay $32.99 upfront and get a $10 Pennzoil rebate in the mail. Walmart isn’t participating in the rebate or this deal would have been even sweeter. The regular price for this oil is $36.99 at Advance Auto and other auto stores like AutoZone or PepBoys. I’m looking forward to giving it a try sometime next year. This combo came highly recommended by Jason who says he changes Stevie’s oil every 8,000 miles. Sounds good to me! Certainly better than the 5,000 miles I got out of Mobil 1 fully synthetic and the M1-102 Mobil 1 oil filter.

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PS. I got two sets of the oil and filters. One set Pennzoil Platinum 0W-20 which is the same weight that I currently use with Mobil 1, and one set Pennzoil Platinum 5W-20 which is what is listed on the oil cap of the car (this was changed to 0W-20 in newer model NC’s). I want to see if there’s any difference in using one oil over the other. All in due time of course.