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Mitsubishi Lancer Engine Air Filter Replacement Guide
How to clean or change the engine air filter element in an 8th generation 2008-2015 Mitsubishi Lancer with photos.

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2015 Lancer Engine Air Box
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Flip Open Metal Latch
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Release 2nd Metal Latch

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the eighth generation (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015) Mitsubishi Lancer in cleaning or changing the engine air filter element in the MIVEC 4B11 2.0 liter or the MIVEC 4B12 2.4L inline four cylinder motors.

Owners of other Mitsubishi vehicles such as the Mirage, Lancer Evolution ("Evo"), Outlander, 3000GT, Diamante, Eclipse, Endeavor, Galant, Montero, ASX, Triton L200 and Raider may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A few compatible replacement engine air filters with their part numbers are as follows: Purolator A35789, Fram CA10497, Wix 49023, K&N 33-2392, Premium Guard PA5789, Ecogard XA5789, Pentius PAB10497, Hastings AF1403, OEM # AF726A and Mitsubishi MZ690445.

No tools are needed to replace the filter. A wet/dry vacuum would be useful for cleaning and re-using the existing element.

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Two Metal Latches Released
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Open Two Halves Air Box
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Pull Out Old Air Filter
The engine air box is located on the right rear area of the engine bay just behind the 12V automotive battery and to the left of the electrical fuse box.

Flip open the two metal latches located on the top of the air box.

Push apart the two halves of the air box to access the old filter.

Pull the old air filter straight out the box.

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Inspect Both Sides
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Denso Part # MR968274
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Clean OEM Filter
Inspect both sides of the old filter.

If the old filter is relatively clean, just tap out the large debris and remove any fine dust with a vacuum cleaner.

If the old filter is dark grey or black and clogged with dirt, dust, insects, pollen, leaves, twigs, leaves and hair, it should be replaced with a new filter.

I recommend buying the Fram CA10497 engine air filter since it has great reviews on Amazon.

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Insert New Engine Filter
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Flip Closed Metal Latches
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New Engine Filter Installed
Orientate the new filter in the correct position. It will only fit in one way due to the one square corner and three rounded corners.

Close the two halves of the air box until they are flush together.

Flip the metal latches closed to secure the air box.

For more, check out my other 2008-2015 Mitsubishi Lancer DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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