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Mitsubishi Mirage 12V Automotive Battery Replacement Guide
How to change a dead 12 volt car battery in the engine bay of a 6th generation 2012 to 2016 Mitsubishi Mirage.

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2016 Mirage 12V Battery
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Loosen Counterclockwise
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Pull Off Negative Terminal

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the sixth generation (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, & 2016) Mitsubishi Mirage in changing a dead 12V automotive battery located in the engine bay.

Owners of other Mitsubishi vehicles such as the Lancer, Outlander, Galant, Montero, Eclipse, 3000GT, Endeavor, Raider, Diamante, Attrage, Carisma, Colt, Grandis, Magna, Pajero, Space Star and the revised 2017 Mirage may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The OEM 12V battery is Hitachi brand part number 55D23L.

The tools required to complete this procedure include a deep well 10mm socket with a ratcheting wrench or a regular 10mm wrench. An option item is anti-corrosion felt washers.

A few compatible replacement 12 volt batteries with their part numbers are as follows: EverStart 26R-3, NAPA BAT 403575 and Super Start 35EXT.

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Cover & Tuck Away
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Loosen Battery Clamp
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Rear 10mm Nut
The first two steps are to open the hood and then move to the right side of the engine bay.

The OEM 12 volt car battery is located behind the driver side headlight assembly and next to the electrical fuse box.

Loosen the negative "-" terminal nut by turning it counterclockwise with the 10mm socket and a ratcheting wrench.

Cover the negative terminal with a small towel and tuck it away behind the battery to help prevent accidental contact.

Loosen the two nuts on the top of the battery hold down bar or "clamp" by turning them counterclockwise with either a deep well 10mm socket and a ratcheting wrench or a standard 10mm wrench.

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Hold Down Bar Removed
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Open Red Plastic Cover
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Loosen 10mm Terminal Nut
Detach the two "J" hook bars from their mounting slots on the battery tray.

Set the battery hold down bar aside in a safe place.

Flip open the red plastic cover on the positive "+" terminal.

Loosen the 10mm nut on the positive terminal by turning it counterclockwise.

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Pull Off Positive Terminal
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Move Away + Terminal
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Remove Old 12V Battery
Pull the positive terminal straight off the "+" battery post.

Carefully lift the old battery out of the engine bay and gently rest it on the ground.

Try to avoid dropping or tipping over the old battery to prevent from having acid leak out.

Be sure to bring the old battery with you to Walmart or the auto parts store to avoid having to pay a "core" or "recycling" charge. The retailer will have the old battery properly recycled.



 

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Clean Off Battery Tray
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Install New Battery
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Push On Positive Terminal
Clean off any debris from the plastic battery tray so that the new battery will rest evenly on it.

Carefully lower the new battery in to the engine bay with the positive terminal on the left (passenger) side and the negative terminal on the right (driver) side.

If you've had an issue with corrosion build up on the battery terminals, install some anti-corrosion felt washers.

Push the positive terminal on to the "+" battery post.

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Tighten 10mm Nut
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Close Red Plastic Cover
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Lower Hold Down Bar
Tighten the positive terminal nut by turning it clockwise with the 10mm socket and a ratcheting wrench.

Try to avoid over tightening the terminal nut to prevent from cracking or damaging the battery post which could lead to an acid leak.

Swing closed the red plastic cover on to the positive terminal.

Carefully lower the battery hold down clamp and the two "J" hook bars over the new battery.

Try to avoid making contact with the battery posts or terminals.

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Line Up "J" Hook Bars
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Tighten 10mm Nuts
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Tighten Clockwise
Re-insert the two "J" hooks in to their mounting holes in the battery tray.

Tighten the two 10mm nuts at the top of the battery hold down bar by turning them clockwise until they are snug.

Try to move the new battery. If the new battery can be wiggled, rocked or slid around on the tray, tighten the battery clamp nuts an extra turn or two to secure it in place.

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Push On Negative Terminal
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Tighten 10mm Terminal Nut
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New Battery Installed
Push the negative terminal on to the "-" battery post.

Tighten the 10mm negative terminal nut in the clockwise direction until it is snug.

Test the new 12V car battery by starting the engine and turning on the headlights.

Please be sure to adjust the time on the clock and program your favorite radio station presets before driving.

For more, check out all of my 2012-2016 Mitsubishi Mirage DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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