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Mitsubishi Mirage Engine Oil Change Guide
How to change the motor oil and replace the filter on the 1.2L 3 cylinder engine in a 6th generation 2012 to 2016 Mirage.

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2015 Mirage 1.2L Engine
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Oil Filler Cap - Left Side
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Twist Off Counterclockwise

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the sixth generation (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, & 2016) Mitsubishi Mirage in changing the motor oil and replacing the oil filter on the 1.2 liter three cylinder 3A92 DOHC MIVEC 12V engine.

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.

A few compatible replacement oil filters with their part numbers are as follows: Mobil 1 M1-110, Fram PH7317, Bosch 3323, K&N PS-1010, Wix 51356, Pennzoil HPZ-37, Purolator PL14610 and Royal Purple 10-2867.

The tools needed to complete this procedure include a floor jack, two jack stands, a 17mm socket, a 3/8" drive ratcheting wrench, a used oil catch container, an automotive funnel and four U.S. quarts of new SAE 0W-20 synthetic oil.

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Lift Up Oil Dipstick
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Raise Front of Car
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Black Metal Oil Pan
The first steps are to start the engine, allow it to warm up for a few minutes, park the car on a level surface and turn off the ignition.

Warming up the engine will help suspend any contaminant with in the old oil and also allow it to drain out more quickly.

Engage the emergency parking brake and chock both sides of the rear wheels to prevent the car from moving.

Open the hood, twist off the oil filler cap in the counterclockwise direction and lift up the white plastic dipstick handle an inch or two.

Removing the oil filler cap and partially removing the dipstick will help prevent a vacuum from forming and also allow the old oil to drain out more quickly.

Carefully raise the front of the vehicle with the floor jack and securely support it with at least two jack stands.

Slide under the engine bay of the car with the used oil catch container, the 17mm socket and a 3/8" drive ratcheting wrench.

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Black Metal Drain Bolt
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"U" Shaped Cut Out
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Oil Filter - Front of Engine
Locate the black metal oil pan and the black metal oil drain bolt situated at the rear of the pan.

Then locate the "U" shape cut out section closer to the front of the engine and look up to view the old oil filter.

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White Cartridge Oil Filter
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View From Above Engine
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Position Catch Basin
The plain white cartridge style oil filter on this 2015 Mirage can also be seen from above the engine.

Slide the used oil catch container to just below the drain bolt.

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Loosen Counterclockwise
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Drain Out Old Oil
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Replace Oil Drain Bolt
Loosen the oil drain bolt by turning it counterclockwise with the 17mm socket and a 3/8" drive ratcheting wrench.

Be careful when you remove the oil drain bolt. The old oil might still be hot enough to burn your fingers depending on how long you warmed up the engine.

Spin out the bolt and allow the old oil to drain out for at least a few minutes or until it slows to an occasional drip.

If the oil drain bolt is equipped with a crush washer or a gasket, inspect it and replace it if necessary.

Clean the oil drain hole with a rag and make sure that the old crush washer is not still attached to the engine.

Spin in the oil drain bolt by hand a few turns in the clockwise direction to prevent it from becoming cross threaded.

Tighten the oil drain bolt in the clockwise direction with the 17mm socket and a ratcheting wrench to just past hand tight or about 30 ft-lbs of torque.

Double check that the oil drain bolt is tight before moving on to the next steps.



 

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Slide Basin Forward
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Lisle Oil Filter Wrench
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Loosen Counterclockwise
Slide the used oil catch container forward to below the oil filter location.

I found it easiest to access the oil filter from the top of the engine bay.

If you have trouble removing the old oil filter, use an oil filter wrench such as the Lisle 63600.

Loosen the old oil filter by turning it counterclockwise.

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Dip Finger In New Oil
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Lubricate Rubber O-Ring
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Twist On New Oil Filter
Allow the old oil to drain out of the filter receptacle for at least a minute or two.

Dip your pinky finger in to some new oil and lubricate the rubber o-ring gasket on the new filter.

Lubricating the o-ring gasket will allow the new filter to form a better seal, prevent oil leaks and also make it easier to remove during the next oil change.

Make sure that the rubber gasket from the old oil filter not still attached to the engine.

Twist on the new oil filter in the clockwise direction to about 1/3 to 1/2 turn past hand tight.

You may find it easier to install the new oil filter from underneath the engine.

Double check that the oil filter is tight before moving on to the next steps.

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Lower Car From Stands
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Insert Automotive Funnel
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Pour In NEW SAE 0W-20
Carefully lower the vehicle from the jack stands by using the floor jack.

Insert the automotive funnel in to the oil filler hole.

It is much better to have slightly less oil than necessary in an engine than to over fill it.

Running an engine that has been over filled with oil may cause sluggish performance, damage to seals or gaskets or damage to other components.

The 3A92 1.2L 3 cylinder motor's capacity for an oil change with a filter replacement is 3.11 U.S. quarts (or 3 liters) of new synthetic SAE 0W-20 oil.

You may need anywhere from 3.0 U.S. quarts to 3.2 quarts to reach the "Full" or "Maximum" line on the dipstick.

Slowly pour in about 2.5 to 2.75 U.S quarts in to the oil filler hole.

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Replace Oil Filler Cap
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Check Dipstick Oil Level
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Replace Oil Dipstick
Temporarily replace the oil filler cap by twisting it on in the clockwise direction and push down the dipstick.

Start the engine and let it run for a few minutes. Then turn off the ignition and allow the new oil to drain down to the oil pan for at least 5 to 10 minutes.

Pull out the dipstick, wipe it clean with a paper towel, re-insert it all the way in and then pull it out again to check the oil level.

If necessary, slowly pour in more oil and repeatedly check the level on the dipstick until it reaches just at or below the upper metal hole in the tip which indicates the "Full" or "Maximum" line.

You may not need to pour in the entire 3.11 U.S. quarts of new oil in order to reach the "Full" line depending on how long you allowed the old oil to drain out.

Replace the oil dipstick and make sure that the oil filler cap is tight.

Be sure to record the oil change in your vehicle's service records.

It would also be a good idea to check your driveway, garage or parking spot for fresh drops of oil over the next few days which might indicate an oil leak from a loose oil drain bolt or oil filter.

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

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