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Mitsubishi 1.2L 3-Cylinder Engine Oil Change Guide

This article provides instructions on how to change the engine oil and oil filter on a Mitsubishi 1.2L engine found on vehicles such as the Mirage G4.

Mitsubishi  1.2L 3-Cylinder Engine Oil Change Guide
ESTIMATED TIME 30 min - 1 hr
DIY COST $20-$65

If you prefer to change the engine oil by using an oil extractor. See our guide on how to change engine oil using an oil extractor.

What you will need

List of tools and parts you will need to replace the engine oil on your MAKE MODEL. 


  1. Jack up the vehicle. Drive the car up on ramps or use a floor jack to raise it at the front jacking points. Place the transmission in Park. Turn the ignition off and remove the key from the ignition.Jack up the Mitsubishi Mirage.


  2. Secure the vehicle with jack stands. Always secure the vehicle with jack stands. Jack stands must support the vehicle frame. Do not place a jack stand under engine or suspension components. The back of the car does not need to be raised. Securing the vehicle with jack stands.


  3. Place wheel chocks behind the rear tires to prevent the vehicle from rolling. If there are no available wheel chocks, use a block that will prevent the car from moving. 
  4. Allow for the engine to cool down for at least fifteen minutes. If the motor is already excellent, continue to the next step.
  5. Locate the oil drain plug and place an oil pan under the drain bolt.Oil drain plug of the Mitsubishi Mirage.Ensure the oil pan can capture all of the engine oil.Oil drain plug of the Mitsubishi Mirage.Setting the oil pan below the oil drain plug.
  6. Loosen the oil drain plug, then remove it by hand. Loosen the 17mm oil drain bolt by using a wrench by turning it counterclockwise. If removing the oil drain bolt is extremely difficult, ensure that you are not turning the bolt in the wrong direction.Loosen the 17mm oil drain plug of the Mitsubishi Mirage.

    This is how you loosen your oil drain bolt on a Mitsubishi Mirage.

  7. Drain engine oil. Carefully remove the oil drain plug and allow the engine oil to drain for several minutes. Hot engine oil can cause burns if it comes in contact with your skin. Draining the engine oil of the Mitsubishi Mirage.
  8. Replace drain plug copper washer. It is recommended to replace the copper washer at every oil change.  Pull out the old washer and install the new washer in the drain plug.

    Replacing the copper washer of the oil drain plug.


  9. Install the dr ain plug.   Screw it by hand initially to avoid cross-threading or to damage the threads. Use a torque wrench to tighten the drain plug to specification. See torque specs below. Do not use a breaker bar to pull the drain plug. Reinstalling the oil drain plug of the Mitsubishi Mirage. Tightening the 17mm oil drain plug using a wrench.
  10. Locate the engine oil filter and replace oil filter and replace it.Engine oil filter of the Mitsubishi Mirage.Use an oil wrench or filter prier to remove the oil filter. Keep an oil drain plan near the oil filter as oil may drip from the oil filter when you remove the oil filter. Place a thin layer of oil on the oil filter gasket. This will make it easy to remove the oil filter at the following oil change and avoid oil leaks. Thread the new oil filter by hand and get it to hand tight.Changing the air filter of the Mitsubishi Mirage.
  11. Remove the oil cap at the top of the engine by turning it counter-clockwise. 

    Removing the oil cap of the engine.

    Use a funnel to add engine oil. Slowly pour the engine oil in to avoid overflow. 

    Oil cap of the Mitsubishi Mirage.
  12. Check the Oil Level. We suggest adding the recommended capacity minus one quart (liter) to start then add the rest slowly after you check the engine oil level.

    Double check the engine oil level.

    Then add the last one quart slowly and check the oil level frequently to get the correct oil level. Do not start the vehicle until you add the required engine oil.

    When done putting the engine oil, put the oil cap back by turning it clockwise. Use the dipstick to check the oil level.

    The dip stick for the engine oil.
  13. Start the engine and let it run for a few minutes. Check for oil leaks.
  14. Remove the floor jacks and get the vehicle off the ramps and on level ground. Wait at least ten minutes and recheck the oil level. This will allow the engine oil to return to the oil pan so that you can take an accurate measurement. If the level is low, add one quart at a time, wait a few minutes and recheck the engine oil level.
  15. Reset oil service reminder on the instrument cluster. See our guide on how to perform this step.

Torque Specifications

  • Oil filter: Hand tight or 27 ft-lbs
  • Oil drain plug:  26-32 ft-lbs

One newton meter is equal to 0.7376 ft-lbs, rounded to 4 decimal places. To convert newton meters to foot-pounds, multiply your figure by 0.7376.

Applicable Oil Filters

  • Baldwin B1402
  • CARQUEST 85356
  • CHRYSLER MD135737
  • CHRYSLER MD360935
  • Ford F23Z-6731-B
  • Ford F32Z-6731-A
  • Ford XF5Z-6731-AA
  • Fram HP17
  • Fram PH7317
  • Fram TG7317
  • Fram XG7317
  • General Motors GM 12582255
  • Honda 15400-PLC-003
  • Honda 15400-PLC-004
  • Honda 15400-PLM-A01
  • Honda 15400-PLM-A02
  • Hyundai 26300-35056
  • KIA 26300-3E010
  • Magneti Marelli 1AMFL00025
  • Mazda G6Y0-14-302
  • Mazda G6Y0-14-302A
  • Mazda JEY0-14-302
  • Mazda JEY0-14-302A
  • Mitsubishi 26300-35054
  • Mitsubishi AW343979
  • Mitsubishi MD135737
  • Mitsubishi MD136790
  • Mitsubishi MD321589
  • Mitsubishi MD325714
  • Mitsubishi MD332687
  • Mitsubishi MD352627
  • Mitsubishi MD360935
  • Mitsubishi MZ690072
  • MOBIL-1 M1-110A
  • MOBIL-1 M1MC-134
  • Nissan 15208-31U00
  • Nissan 15208-31U01
  • Nissan 15208-65F0C
  • Nissan 15208-9E000
  • Nissan 15208-PLM-A02
  • Purolator PBL14610
  • Purolator PSL14610
  • Subaru 15208-AA160
  • Wix 51356
  • Wix 57356
  • Wix 57356XP


  • 2012-2020 Mitsubishi Mirage
  • 2013-2020 Mitsubishi Attrage
  • 2004-2012 Mitsubishi Colt
  • 2004-2006 MCC Smart Forfour
  • 2012-2019 Mitsubishi Mirage
  • 2013 Mitsubishi Attrage


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  • Prolonged and repeated contact with mineral oil can result in dryness, irritation, and dermatitis.
  • Used engine oil contains potentially harmful contaminants which may cause skin cancer.
  • Wash your skin thoroughly with soap and water to remove any used engine oil. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What type of engine oil do I need?

The oil viscosity is usually printed on the oil cap. If it is not, then you need to find the owner's manual under the recommended fluids and lubricants section typically at the end of the owner's manual. 

  • at the oil cap
  • owner's manual
  • sticker by the top radiator support

Should I change the oil when the engine is hot or cold?

  • There is a lot of discussion on this topic of whether you should change the oil when the engine is hot or cold. Ideally, the oil should be slightly warm so it can flow easily but not burn you. 

How much does it cost to change the oil?

  • Anywhere from $19.99 to $150. A four-cylinder engine that takes 5w30 or 0w20, such as a Honda Civic or Ford Focus, will only cost you about $20. A Mercedes-Benz E-Class that takes 8.5L synthetic oil and fleece oil filter may cost as much as $150 at the dealer. Two of the main factors that play a role in engine oil cost are the oil type (synthetic, synthetic blend, conventional) and oil quantity required. Oil filter quality and how easy it is to remove may also play a role in the price of an oil change.

How often should I change engine oil?

Typical recommended intervals for most vehicles. 

  • Conventional Oil - Every 3,000 miles
  • Synthetic Blend - Every 5,000 miles
  • Synthetic Oil - Every 7500-10,000 miles (verify owner's manual)

Follow the recommended manufacturer intervals.

Can I change the engine oil at home?

  • Yes, you can. Follow this guide. We hope that once you go over all the steps, you will feel confident about the procedure to change the engine oil at home.

Can I change engine oil once a year?

  • While the age of oil can play a factor in the engine oil life, you need to pay closer attention to the miles driven. If you drive very little (under 5,000 miles) and use synthetic oil, you should be ok with changing the oil once a year.

Can I change engine oil but not filter?

  • Not recommended. You should change the oil filter at the same time that you change the engine oil. Oil filters do not last forever, and if not changed regularly, they will not filter the oil or, even worse, clog. In which case, the oil may bypass the oil filter altogether, which is a situation you don't want as you may shorten the life of the engine.

Is it necessary to change engine oil every year?

  • Yes. Most drivers should change the engine oil at least twice if not more per year, depending on the oil type and miles driven. If you put about 15,000 miles per year which is the national average in the US, you should change the engine oil at least twice per year. Assuming that you are using synthetic oil and a good oil filter. 

Should I change the engine oil before or after storing the car for long periods?

  • Change the engine oil if stored for over 6 months. Oil can lose its lubricating properties when sitting for an extended period of time. Change the engine oil if your car has been sitting for a long time.

What happens if I don't change the oil?

  • You are shortening the life of your car. Sludge may build up. The engine may start to knock. Most importantly, bearings will wear much faster. You may not notice any symptoms right away, but you are causing premature wear to your car engine.

How much oil do I need to add?

  • Check on your owner's manual. Every car has a different capacity. There is no correlation between the number of cylinders and oil capacity. Some 6 cylinder engines require only four quarts, while others may require eight quarts. Always check the owner's manual. You don't want to overfill or underfill.
Mitsubishi 1.2L 3-Cylinder Engine Oil Change Guide This article provides instructions on how to change the engine oil and oil filter on a Mitsubishi 1.2L engine found on vehicles such as the Mirage G4.