How to Change the Oil in the Mitsubishi Lancer

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How to Change the Oil in the Mitsubishi Lancer

Changing the oil in a Mitsubishi Lancer is a maintenance procedure that should be performed often, and over its lifetime can add significant costs of the car if done professionally. Fortunately, it’s a relatively simple procedure that can be performed at home for the cost of nothing but the oil itself. Before buying oil for the Mitsubishi Lancer on eBay, consider the following information.


When to Change Oil in the Mitsubishi Lancer

The time table for changing oil in a vehicle depends on its use and age. Most Mitsubishi owner’s manuals will contain a rubric allowing for the calculation of oil change schedules according to a variety of factors, so they should be consulted to ascertain the appropriate maintenance schedule.


Choosing the Appropriate Oil for the Mitsubishi Lancer

A wide variety of oil types exist on the market, and can vary in nearly every aspect. Oil can come in conventional, petroleum, and synthetic varieties, with many different characteristics for viscosity, durability, and overall performance. Many oils contain additives to provide additional protective functions. The type of oil appropriate to any individual vehicle is very specific, and it is vitally important to use only the specific oil type approved for the vehicle. Always consult the owner’s manual before purchasing any oil for a Mitsubishi Lancer.


Necessary Supplies to Change Oil for the Mitsubishi Lancer

  • 1 wrench (typically 17mm, verify required size in owner’s manual)
  • 1 oil filter wrench (typically size “G”, verify required size in owner’s manual)
  • 1 drain pan or general purpose shallow container able to hold several litres of fluid
  • 1 or more lifter car jacks, if necessary
  • 1 or more utility rags or shop cloths
  • eye goggles or other eye safety gear


Safety Considerations for Changing Oil

Most vehicles will include enough clearance to the ground to allow a person to slide underneath them without the use of lifter car jacks. If car jacks are necessary, they should only ever be used on a hard surface like concrete, and never on a surface that may crumble or depress under the weight of the vehicle. Jacks should only be deployed according to the specifications in the owner’s manual, and the user should never put themselves in a position where the jacks failing could lead to them being crushed by the vehicle.

Never change a car’s oil while the engine is running, and always ensure that the parking or emergency brake is activated during the procedure. Wear eye protection and other safety gear at all times.


Instructions to Change Oil in the Mitsubishi Lancer

Once all safety considerations have been prepared for and observed, the owner should follow the instructions below.

Draining the Oil

  1. Once underneath the vehicle, identify the oil drain, consulting the owner’s manual if necessary.
  2. Place the drain pan underneath the drain.
  3. Remove the stem bolt or drain plug using the standard wrench and allow the oil to drain completely. It may take an hour or more to completely drain.
  4. Used oil will be darker than new oil, but observe the drained oil for exceedingly dark colours, unexpected colours like red (which may indicate internal rusting) or any other characteristic that seems out of the ordinary. If any such characteristic is observed, the vehicle should be taken to a mechanic or dealer for a maintenance check.
  5. Once the flow of oil has stopped, replace the stem bolt or drain plug and secure. Be careful not to over-tighten the plug.
  6. Locate the oil filter, consulting the owner manual if necessary, and place the drain pan underneath it.
  7. Using the oil filter wrench, remove the securing bolt and then the oil filter.
  8. Allow any remaining oil to drain completely.
  9. Spread a small amount of unused oil around the gasket of the new oil filter and replace it before securing it with the bolt.

Replacing the Oil Filter

Refilling the Oil in the Mitsubishi Lancer

Add new oil to the vehicle according to the directions in the owner manual. If the oil reserve appears to be full before the refill amount indicated by the owner’s manual is met, turn the car on and let it sit idly for several minutes to allow the oil to redistribute throughout the vehicle’s systems before continuing to fill with the remaining oil.


Buying Oil for the Mitsubishi Lancer on eBay

Motor oil can be found on eBay in the Motors category. Enter search terms related to the desired type of oil and any additives or additional characteristics. Refine the search results using the left-hand menu. Always review a seller’s rating, history, and shipping and return policies before completing a purchase or initiating a bid.



Any owner of a Mitsubishi Lancer can save themselves a significant amount of money over the lifespan of the vehicle by changing the oil themselves. By consulting the owner’s manual, observing all safety precautions, and using the general instructions in this guide, a complete and satisfactory oil change can be easily achieved.

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