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2004 Mazda3 - 135k - engine seized up with no oil but changed reg

I need a new engine for my Mazda 3 after the engine seized up due to no oil. The dealership says they have no idea why it happened just the the engine had no oil. I had the oil changed 3 weeks before problem as usual. No oil light came on except 5 mins before the car died. How can this happen? Does this happen often to others? What was the cause and who can I get to take responsibility for a new engine? Please help. Jan 1/09

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    My mazda3 2004 just blow out the plastic oil filter cover or however does it call. Dealer said than it was the mechanic fault because "he doesnt use proper tool" and that's why engine is stock. I don't know what to do now because I need new engine but dealer call $8k.Anybody know where to by new engine? or good used?


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I also have a 2004 mazda three and the engine siezed up ouy of knowhere due to no oil. i don't have a warrenty but i am out a car. sounds to me like Its something to do with the company

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I would think whoever replaced the engine oil also did not tighten the oil drain plug,,and you can bet the dealership or garage that done this,,will squirm their way out of this one if they can.
Good luck buddy!!

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My sons mazda 3 did the same thing 97 days after he bought it. The dealership changed the oil and did an inspection atleast thats what they said. When he came home he had me go out and listen to this loud ticking noise and he then took it to have the oil checked and they said there wasn't any. Where did 4 or 5 quarts go? Thank You,... Medina Mazda and Volkswagon for not covering it 97 days after you sold it.

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It is possible that the mechanics who worked on the mazdas neglected to use the proper tool, an oil filter wrench. which is a real common mistake that could damage the oil filter and cause a leak. i would advise anyone to get their oil changed at a certified mazda dealer and not a tire shop...

Posted on Mar 18, 2010

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    i also drive a 2004 mazda3 hatchbak and one day after warming up the car in the morning i shut it off for a few minutes then it hesitated to come back on with the oil light flashing. i beleive they just have an oil pressure issue under stress. i recommend buying a higher quality oil filter when doing an oil change, and not just using the same filter. the filter could be dirty and clogged which could block oil flow, that could lead to a ceased engine...


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