2008 Mazda 3 Lift the front end of a mazda3 for an oil chan

Tiny
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  • 2008 MAZDA 3
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 7,000 MILES
I purchased a Mazda3 last summer and had one oil change done by the dealership and would like to do it myself this time.

I have already taken automotive classes and learned how to do an oil change. While taking a look at the underside of my car, I couldn't find a support in the front to lift the car so that I could my jack stands under the car. Would you know a suitable lift point would be so that I could get the jack stands under the car?

I am using a floor jack obviously and I have tried from the pinch weld on under the driver side door but when I do that, I am not confident on where to put the jack stands.
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Friday, May 29th, 2009 AT 2:26 PM

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Tiny
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To better assist you is your model a 3 I Sport, 3 I Touring, 3 Mazda speed, 3 s Grand Touring, 3 s Sport, 3 s Touring? Also can you give me your engine size in liter.
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Friday, May 29th, 2009 AT 8:37 PM
Tiny
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My car is an I Sport with a 2.5 L engine I believe.
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Friday, May 29th, 2009 AT 10:27 PM
Tiny
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Hello -

Okay - gotta a little info for you.

That is great you are wanting to do the work yourself.........just please be careful. Not sure how much auto experience you have.......so please don't take offense to any suggestions.

First, here is the info from the manual and some pics on jacking points and jack stand points.

JACKING POSITIONS, VEHICLE LIFT (2 SUPPORTS) AND SAFETY STAND (RIGID RACK) POSITIONS
JACKING POSITIONS

WARNING: " Improperly jacking a vehicle is dangerous. The vehicle can slip off the jack and cause serious injury. Use only the correct front and rear jacking points and block the wheels.

" Use safety stands to support the vehicle after it has been lifted.
Front

NOTE: " To prevent obstruction between the jack body and front bumper when the jack body is inserted, use a low-floor type jack.

" Near the center of the front cross member.

Fig. 50: Identifying Jacking Positions At Center Of Front Crossmember
Courtesy of MAZDA MOTORS CORP.


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Rear

CAUTION: " Place a board (approx. 20 mm 0.78 in thick) between the rear crossmember and the jack to prevent damage to the crossmember.

" At the center of the rear crossmember.
Fig. 51: Identifying Jacking Positions At Center Of Rear Crossmember


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Courtesy of MAZDA MOTORS CORP.
VEHICLE LIFT POSITIONS

Front and rear

WARNING: " Lifting a vehicle is dangerous. the vehicle can slip off the lift and cause serious injury and/or vehicle damage. Make sure that the vehicle is on the lift horizontally by adjusting the height of support at the end of the arm of the lift.

" Both sides of the vehicle, on side sills.
Fig. 52: Identifying Vehicle Lift Positions - Front And Rear
Courtesy of MAZDA MOTORS CORP.
SAFETY STAND POSITIONS


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Front and rear

" Both sides of the vehicle, on side sills.
Fig. 53: Identifying Safety Stand Positions - Front And Rear
Courtesy of MAZDA MOTORS CORP.


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Remember to never put any part of your body under the car until it is on the stands.

Me, once I lower the vehicle on the jack stands I still keep the jack with slight pressure on it not holding the car up, but firmly against the car.

Never leave the jack handle in the jack as you may trip over it and move the jack.

Only jack high enough to perform your task.

Once on jack stands shake the car to see if it is stable.

Hope this helps............
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Friday, May 29th, 2009 AT 10:55 PM
Tiny
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Hello -

Hey one last thing...... Also, it looks like you may have a recall on your vehicle. The dealer may fix this for free. Please contact the dealer service department, give them the VIN number of your car and have them check on this to see if it applies to you.


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Friday, May 29th, 2009 AT 10:58 PM

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