Go to a dealer or foreign car shop. A small local place will have a hard time changing the oil. I got an associate's in automotive, and I had a heck of a time changing the oil even with directions. The oil filter housing is located under the air filter box on the left side of the engine. The filter is an in-engine filter and will not be sticking out of the side of the car like most.
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I just had the same problem. I bought a 04 Miata 2 days ago that had just had an oil change. When I checked the oil yesterday and nothing registered on the stick. Then today I noticed some oil on the driveway. I looked at the oil filter with the engine running and saw the leak. There is an oil cooler pick up cylinder is between the oil filter and the block. with the oil filter removed, there is a nut that is not a locking nut which can back off. I took the nut off, cleaned the rubber seal ring between the cylinder and the engine block. I put everthing back together and no more leak. If the seal ring is damaged, it costs $12 ( I Priced one today but didn't need it. This may be the problem you are having.
No drain plug, the filter is inside trans.
Remove trans oil pan (it will be full of tran fluid so loosen bolts on one end and work your way to other end)
May have to take bolts out of a cross member and slid it back to get to all the pan bolts.
The filter is flat and you'll see it once the pan is dropped. Pull straight down to remove.
Clean out sludge and old fluid from pan and scrape old gasket off.
Push new filter into place. Its a good idea to use gasket sealer to help keep it from leaking and to help hold gasket in place so bolt holes stay lined up while bolting up pan.
Tighten all bolts evenly. Then refill tran with the fluid your service manual list. Operate your truck in all gears (shifting back and forth) and recheck trans fluid level.
Its not a hard job to change filter and fluid. If you can change your own motor oil and have a rachet and sockets then you couldnt have any problems. Just get your filter and trans fluid from your local auto parts store like Autozone or Advance Auto Parts.
from what you are discribing the chances are your tappets at the top of your engine are tapping i will advice you tou get them changed the longer you leave them you will get more problems with your engine