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    Oil Change and I Broke plastic rivet fasteners

    I did my first oil change today and I broke 2 of the plastic rivet fastners that clip the plastic panel under the car in order to access the oil filter.

    Does anyone know the size? I would prefer to order online instead of paying top price at the local auto parts store.

    I did not have instructions on how to remove them without breaking. I used a flat head screwdriver and broke 2 before I figured out how they come off.

    4 years of college education and I never was taught how to remove these kind of plastic rivets

    The oil change took 2 hours also. What a nightmare it was to get that damn oil filter off, it must have been tightened by Charles Atlas at the factory. Took me 20 minutes just to find where the oil filter was located. And 30 mosquitos swarmed and bit my legs during the entire oil change.


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    Your best off going too napa. Where i live they have a huge rack filled with the clips in bags for a few bucks, and The plastic is softer than The Ridgid brittle mitsu clips. (I replaced a few in my trunk area)

    Below is a link that might help

    https://www.mitsubishipartswarehouse...nts-front-scat

    I don't ever remove anything to do the oil change. Not sure why you had too but hopefully you get it sorted.

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    No need to remove any clips to change the oil filter!

    The clips are easy to remove: The innermost part is pulled or wiggled out half an inch or so, and then you can pull it out easily with your finger tips. Afterwards carefully put it back in all the way and then depress the middle part with your finger. No force needed at all.

    The oil filter can be changed very effortlessly from above if you use a filter cap size 65/14 (size 65mm with 14 sides). A cap costs about as much as the filter, and lasts for ever. You may want to look it up in Yee-Pay or whatever. See the FSM for details.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MightyMirageMpg View Post
    Your best off going too napa. Where i live they have a huge rack filled with the clips in bags for a few bucks, and The plastic is softer than The Ridgid brittle mitsu clips. (I replaced a few in my trunk area)

    Below is a link that might help

    https://www.mitsubishipartswarehouse...nts-front-scat

    I don't ever remove anything to do the oil change. Not sure why you had too but hopefully you get it sorted.
    Thanks for that link.

    I'm still trying to look for a replacement for my underbody plastic engine splash shield.
    Maybe you'll have better luck trying to find the part number?

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    That websites my only source for part numbers. If it was not on there hopefully another member will be able to help you out.

    Edit; some parts are places they don't belong, so it's hard to track some stuff down but if you post a pic of what your after I'm sure someone will help
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    Thanks guys for the advice. The reason I like to remove the bottom panel is that i fear the oil that gushes out after the filter is removed will splash all over the bottom plastic if I dont take it off.

    And stubborn me would rather fight the filter for an extra 10 minutes rather than shell out the cash for an oil filter "cap style" wrench.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fc321 View Post
    And stubborn me would rather fight the filter for an extra 10 minutes rather than shell out the cash for an oil filter "cap style" wrench.
    Ha! That sounds like me.

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    Don't feel too bad. I pulled the plastic off the first couple cars I changed the oil on. You pretty much have to to get a good grip on the tiny factory filter if you don't have a filter socket. You should be able to get the filter off easier by hand next time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MightyMirageMpg View Post
    That websites my only source for part numbers. If it was not on there hopefully another member will be able to help you out.

    Edit; some parts are places they don't belong, so it's hard to track some stuff down but if you post a pic of what your after I'm sure someone will help
    It's just the underbody engine cover. I'm pretty good at searching the web - thus I graduated with a Bachelor's degree. But for whatever reason, it seems impossible to find.

    I mean websites like the one below has them for the old mirage... How hard is it to stock the ones for our model...

    https://www.go-parts.com/mitsubishi-...sh-shield.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ares View Post
    It's just the underbody engine cover.
    This?

    Lower Shield - Mitsubishi (5370B175)


    List Price: $165.38
    You Save: $39.69 (24% off)
    Sale Price: $125.69


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