Zero, 2014 ES Plus 5MT, written off but not forgotten.
Zero II, 2014 SE, 5MT, climate She's HOME now!
Shelby AKA "Cute", 2017 ES 5MT, A/C.
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View my fuel log 2017 Mirage ES PLus 1.2 manual: 39.0 mpg (US) ... 16.6 km/L ... 6.0 L/100 km ... 46.8 mpg (Imp)
Had to get the wrench because dealer put last one on too tight.
I prefer to take it off from the top with a wrench. You are correct about leverage. I would rather stand on my feet and remove an oil filter from above verses being on my back underneath it.
If you prefer doing it from the bottom by hand, there is surely nothing wrong with that. If I had a lift, I may even do it that way. I find standing in front & removing it from the top so much easier. You are correct about leverage, however. I can't grab it well enough to crank it on or off. A simple oil filter socket and stubby racket changes all that. I have the tools, & I am going to use them. I would have never gotten the factory one off by hand either.
If you do it front the top, I agree an oil socket wrench may be necessary. If you don't have that, you can surely crawl under your car & take it off from underneath. I love cars that allow me to remove an oil filter from the top. As far as I am concerned the Mirage is one of those cars.