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#4295591 - 01/07/17 09:31 AM 2015 Mazda3 2.5L Amsoil SS 0W-20 @ 6589, 22800 mi.
Stephan_G Offline


Registered: 01/06/17
Posts: 9
Loc: Indiana
This is my first post; I've lurked and learned for a long time.

2015 Mazda3 with the SkyActiv 2.5L engine. First owner. I ran factory fill for 1000 miles, then Amsoil Signature Series 0W20 with the OEM filter, as there wasn't consensus that the Amsoil (or any aftermarket) filters had the correct bypass spring pressure for that motor. I was a little nervous about the first oil analysis to be honest, as I had ridden with the dealer when shopping for the car, and he drove it hard right after startup - with ~200 miles on it, so I assumed it had a lot of similar drives before I bought it. The comments on the first analysis were that it was fine, other than somewhat elevated copper and silicon, which they suspected was due to break-in residuals. 2nd analysis comments agreed that had been the case, with the only issue this time being somewhat low flashpoint; they mentioned the engine not being warmed up enough, which was true - I drove it up the street for a few miles, but the oil temp when I drained it was probably 100-120 F.

Didn't do an analysis at the second fill as I was moving and just needed new oil. Decided after this 3rd analysis that I'll probably only do it every now and then until I get to the end of the warranty period, at which point I'll start doing TBN and stretching the OCIs. For now I'm trying to keep it close to 7500 miles, per Mazda's spec. I might do one next time to see if it's holding up for the short drives we're doing here.

Code:
OIL             AMS SS 0W20  -
MILES IN USE    5216        7800     
MILES           6589        22800  
SAMPLE TAKEN    8/24/15     12/4/16  

ALUMINUM        3           4        
CHROMIUM        0           0        
IRON            16          11       
COPPER          12          4       
LEAD            0           0       
TIN             1           0        
MOLYBDENUM      248         136       
NICKEL          0           1        
MANGANESE       1           0        
SILVER          0           0        
TITANIUM        0           0        
POTASSIUM       0           2       
BORON           149         61       
SILICON         20          9        
SODIUM          6           8       
CALCIUM         3664        3318     
MAGNESIUM       16          10      
PHOSPHORUS      795         642     
ZINC            916         708     
BARIUM          2           0
     
SUS VIS 210F   56.6        52.1
cSt @ 212F     9.25        7.91
FLASHPOINT F   390         370
FUEL %          <0.5        0.8
WATER %         0.0         0.0     
INSOLUBLE %     TBN         0.3      
   
     
     



Edited by Stephan_G (01/07/17 09:33 AM)
Edit Reason: Reversed some values

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#4295637 - 01/07/17 10:33 AM Re: 2015 Mazda3 2.5L Amsoil SS 0W-20 @ 6589, 22800 mi. [Re: Stephan_G]
Ohle_Manezzini Offline


Registered: 07/05/16
Posts: 666
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Not clear the report on insolubles and Tbn, last lines on it.

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#4295739 - 01/07/17 11:56 AM Re: 2015 Mazda3 2.5L Amsoil SS 0W-20 @ 6589, 22800 mi. [Re: Stephan_G]
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Registered: 10/08/11
Posts: 2788
Loc: Chicago, IL
11 ppm iron over 22800 miles
or 11pm iron over 6589 miles?
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#4295764 - 01/07/17 12:26 PM Re: 2015 Mazda3 2.5L Amsoil SS 0W-20 @ 6589, 22800 mi. [Re: Stephan_G]
Stephan_G Offline


Registered: 01/06/17
Posts: 9
Loc: Indiana
The 11 ppm was the last sample, at 22800 miles. The 16 ppm was from the first sample.

I did not get a TBN sample. The report read TR for that entry; typed that in wrong too. I was trying to get the columns to line up and it was a pain, sorry.

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#4295765 - 01/07/17 12:27 PM Re: 2015 Mazda3 2.5L Amsoil SS 0W-20 @ 6589, 22800 mi. [Re: Brybo86]
Kuato Offline


Registered: 10/23/05
Posts: 7094
Loc: Colorado
Stephan_G, welcome to BITOG, glad you're here.

I'm an Amsoil fan also so thumbsup on your oil choice. Looks good. I couldn't tell the TBN either, what was the actual number after the most recent run?

I'm considering a Mazda as next vehicle, how has it been so far?

Originally Posted By: Brybo86
11 ppm iron over 22800 miles
or 11pm iron over 6589 miles?


First Iron was 16ppm in 5216 miles.

Second Iron was 11ppm in 7800 miles - it's coming down nicely.
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#4295801 - 01/07/17 01:08 PM Re: 2015 Mazda3 2.5L Amsoil SS 0W-20 @ 6589, 22800 mi. [Re: Kuato]
Stephan_G Offline


Registered: 01/06/17
Posts: 9
Loc: Indiana
Originally Posted By: Kuato
I'm an Amsoil fan also so thumbsup on your oil choice.


I've been a fan of it since forever - my dad got it for the first time in the early 90s for a '65 VW Beetle, and said it brought engine temps down so much, you could touch the block after a drive (air-cooled). Don't know how much exaggeration has crept into that story by now, but they make great stuff. The only thing I've gone away from with it is a '97 Jeep Grand Cherokee I just picked up; it has Rotella T6 after doing a lot of reading here. Looking forward to see how that is, since the motor has over 200K on it.

Originally Posted By: Kuato
I couldn't tell the TBN either, what was the actual number after the most recent run?


Didn't do TBN, mis-typed. They reported TR for insolubles on the first sample - what does that mean?

Originally Posted By: Kuato
I'm considering a Mazda as next vehicle, how has it been so far?


Amazing! It's my wife's car, but I drive it anytime we go anywhere. She had a '12 Mazda3 with the 2.3L before, and while that was good, the extra power from the 2.5 is really noticeable when you need it, but it will still get mid-high 30 MPG on the interstate. Both have been hatchbacks, so there's plenty of space. Handling is sharp, power is good, the UI for the stereo/nav unit is miles better than anyone else's out... I love Mazda. My in-laws bought a '16 CX-5 based on how much we liked the 3. I've driven that too, and it's like a slightly bigger 3. Drives like a car, but has a little more clearance and interior space. I'd love to get one of the new CX-9s if we have more kids.

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#4295959 - 01/07/17 04:45 PM Re: 2015 Mazda3 2.5L Amsoil SS 0W-20 @ 6589, 22800 mi. [Re: Stephan_G]
Kuato Offline


Registered: 10/23/05
Posts: 7094
Loc: Colorado
Originally Posted By: Stephan_G
Originally Posted By: Kuato
I'm an Amsoil fan also so thumbsup on your oil choice.


I've been a fan of it since forever - my dad got it for the first time in the early 90s for a '65 VW Beetle, and said it brought engine temps down so much, you could touch the block after a drive (air-cooled). Don't know how much exaggeration has crept into that story by now, but they make great stuff. The only thing I've gone away from with it is a '97 Jeep Grand Cherokee I just picked up; it has Rotella T6 after doing a lot of reading here. Looking forward to see how that is, since the motor has over 200K on it.


Is yours the 4.0? I have owned several and all had very low wear metals on Amsoil 5w30 and I took one as high as 12k on a change (90% highway). Rotella's a good choice.



Originally Posted By: Stephan_G

Originally Posted By: Kuato
I couldn't tell the TBN either, what was the actual number after the most recent run?


Didn't do TBN, mis-typed. They reported TR for insolubles on the first sample - what does that mean?


TRace. Could have been any number of things just keep an eye on it next time.



Originally Posted By: Stephan_G

Originally Posted By: Kuato
I'm considering a Mazda as next vehicle, how has it been so far?


Amazing! It's my wife's car, but I drive it anytime we go anywhere. She had a '12 Mazda3 with the 2.3L before, and while that was good, the extra power from the 2.5 is really noticeable when you need it, but it will still get mid-high 30 MPG on the interstate. Both have been hatchbacks, so there's plenty of space. Handling is sharp, power is good, the UI for the stereo/nav unit is miles better than anyone else's out... I love Mazda. My in-laws bought a '16 CX-5 based on how much we liked the 3. I've driven that too, and it's like a slightly bigger 3. Drives like a car, but has a little more clearance and interior space. I'd love to get one of the new CX-9s if we have more kids.



Thanks! I'm a bit too tall for the -3 and -6 (a shame my head is on that support bar that goes across, they're very nice) so am considering the CX-5 for myself (or the wife who is in the market also). Couple of test drives...they're much nicer than given credit for....
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#4297165 - 01/08/17 08:50 PM Re: 2015 Mazda3 2.5L Amsoil SS 0W-20 @ 6589, 22800 mi. [Re: Kuato]
Stephan_G Offline


Registered: 01/06/17
Posts: 9
Loc: Indiana
Yes, I have the 4.0. I have a thing for Inline-6 motors. Parents had an '89 F-150 with the 300-6 in it that I drove as a teenager. Sixes in trucks/truck-like-vehicles seem to be indestructible. Torquey beasts!

I was torn between the Rotella T6 and GC 0W-40. I might run that next time just to see how it does, although Amsoil is always a safe choice. About to change out the front and rear diff fluids with Severe Gear.

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#4298888 - 01/10/17 04:52 PM Re: 2015 Mazda3 2.5L Amsoil SS 0W-20 @ 6589, 22800 mi. [Re: Stephan_G]
Kuato Offline


Registered: 10/23/05
Posts: 7094
Loc: Colorado
Amaoil makes a 0w40.... smile
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#4298997 - 01/10/17 06:38 PM Re: 2015 Mazda3 2.5L Amsoil SS 0W-20 @ 6589, 22800 mi. [Re: Stephan_G]
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Registered: 01/06/09
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Amsoil makes 2 different 0w40's, Signature Series and European Formula!
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#4299168 - 01/10/17 09:58 PM Re: 2015 Mazda3 2.5L Amsoil SS 0W-20 @ 6589, 22800 mi. [Re: cronk]
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Loc: San Antonio, TX
I want to post my 2016 mazda analysis using the dealer oil from Idemitsu with moly but I am too dumb to figure it out.
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#4299608 - 01/11/17 01:07 PM Re: 2015 Mazda3 2.5L Amsoil SS 0W-20 @ 6589, 22800 mi. [Re: E150GT]
Kuato Offline


Registered: 10/23/05
Posts: 7094
Loc: Colorado
Originally Posted By: E150GT
I want to post my 2016 mazda analysis using the dealer oil from Idemitsu with moly but I am too dumb to figure it out.


There is a "how to" thread on here, have a look....
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#4299905 - 01/11/17 07:39 PM Re: 2015 Mazda3 2.5L Amsoil SS 0W-20 @ 6589, 22800 mi. [Re: Stephan_G]
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Registered: 06/30/11
Posts: 6925
Loc: Mahzurrah!
Originally Posted By: Stephan_G
Yes, I have the 4.0. I have a thing for Inline-6 motors. Parents had an '89 F-150 with the 300-6 in it that I drove as a teenager. Sixes in trucks/truck-like-vehicles seem to be indestructible. Torquey beasts!

I was torn between the Rotella T6 and GC 0W-40. I might run that next time just to see how it does, although Amsoil is always a safe choice. About to change out the front and rear diff fluids with Severe Gear.


T6 is an awesome choice I may run it next, I am using the GC 0w40 now. Cranks and starts great and seems to have been a good choice, although my weak lifter can be pretty noisy on it.
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#4303100 - 01/15/17 12:55 PM Re: 2015 Mazda3 2.5L Amsoil SS 0W-20 @ 6589, 22800 mi. [Re: KCJeep]
Stephan_G Offline


Registered: 01/06/17
Posts: 9
Loc: Indiana
Originally Posted By: Kuato
Amaoil makes a 0w40.... smile


Oh, I know. I found a thread here that was specifically comparing oils for the AMC 4.0, and it found that 40 weight wasn't any better than 30. However, it's what's available in T6, so it's what I ran. I figure since this Jeep has probably had all sorts of oils through its lifetime, I'm going to guinea pig it, and swap oils from one change to the next to see how they do. One of the main draws of HDEO for that motor is the increased ZDDP, since they're flat tappet.

Originally Posted By: KCJeep
T6 is an awesome choice I may run it next, I am using the GC 0w40 now. Cranks and starts great and seems to have been a good choice, although my weak lifter can be pretty noisy on it.


Are you going to post a UOA for the GC? Really interested in trying that out.

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#4304719 - 01/16/17 11:13 PM Re: 2015 Mazda3 2.5L Amsoil SS 0W-20 @ 6589, 22800 mi. [Re: Stephan_G]
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Driving it hard during the first few hundred miles is the best thing for an engine break-in wise. Ask most engine builders, they recommend driving this [censored] out of an engine for 500 miles or so, dump the oil, and consider it broken-in.
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