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#61 Souldier

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    Posted 03 March 2012 - 04:39 PM

    Im still getting the care free maintenance and oil changes from the dealer but once thats over i plan to use Royal Purple Oil and the Royal Purple filter.
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    Posted 28 March 2012 - 02:40 PM

    My first oil change at the dealership yesterday 3/27. Dealership gives four free oil changes. I chose to use my first at 3315 miles. Used the stock KIA filter and new gasket but furnished my own oil.

    Pennzoil 5w-20 Ultra full synthetic. Registered for 15 year 500,000 mile warranty. Pennzoil allow me to change the oil at the KIA suggested intervals for normal driving at 7500 miles and still quaify for the warranty.

    I will change the oil again at 7500 miles and then every 7500 miles after that.

    The car seemed to run smoother on the way home after the oil change. First time for full synthetic, I confident this is the right choice after much research. Better gas mileage, better protection and allows for better flow of oil and heat distribution.

    Many really good synthetic out their but Pennzoil oil is my choice.

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    Posted 28 March 2012 - 02:42 PM

    I'm switching to Royal Purple on my next change. And OEM filter. Only the best!

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    Posted 28 March 2012 - 03:31 PM

    I'm not able to change my own oil, so I take my car somewhere to get changed. I do emphasize the use of 5w30 full synthetic. I changed my oil in December and still haven't needed to since. I'm only at 1800 miles since then though. I do change the oil in my truck though. We've used Fram filters in it since 87 and never had a problem. Use 10w30 in it with synthetic blend. Guy saw me driving it one day and kept urging me to get high mileage, and i refused, since the engine only has about 20k on it - he just wouldn't understand.

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    Posted 28 March 2012 - 05:08 PM

    A lot of people believe oil myths. Don't believe everything you read, especially on the internet and, ESPECIALLY on forums.

    I haven't changed my oil yet since I'm only 250 miles in, but I will definitely NOT be switching to synthetic. Synthetic might last longer between changes, but it is not so much better like people claim. Do your research. Read real, independent studies from reliable sources.

    I never used synthetic oil in my 1995 S-10 and I let oil changes go 10,000 miles. I had 140,000 on it when I traded it in and the motor was still strong. I never had a problem.

    Amsoil is the worst for fabricating studies and they try to pass off lies and opinions as facts.

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    Posted 29 March 2012 - 01:56 AM

    Fram makes some pretty horrible filters these days. There is a TSB on the Kia site about filters, and after working on the Beta engine for well over 10 years now, I won't use anything else.

    Only ONE other I've found puts the pressure in the right range.

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    Posted 30 March 2012 - 03:07 AM

    back in the day, oil changes used to be standard 5k, but they changed it to 3k to get more money

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    Posted 30 March 2012 - 02:08 PM

    it's 7,5k on kias these days... or 8k km in canada

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    Posted 17 May 2012 - 12:02 PM

    Hey everyone. New member here. We just picked up a 2012 Soul with the 2.0L engine and I was looking at what oil to put in this thing when we change it. The oil cap says 5w20 and in the manual it recommends Total Quartz oil. I have not found 5w20 in the Total Quartz only 5w30. What are you guys using?

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    Posted 17 May 2012 - 12:26 PM

    I use 5w20 synthetic blend in whatever brand is on sale. I never heard of the brand total quartz.......
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    Posted 17 May 2012 - 12:36 PM

    Mobil1 5w20 full synthetic.


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    #72 Roadwrench

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    Posted 17 May 2012 - 01:29 PM

    This has been covered before, do a search for lots of views.

    I would/did change my oil at around a 1000 miles, putting in recommended weight regular oil. At around 4000 miles I switched to Mobile 1. I will continue to run Mobile 1 changing oil between 5000-6000 miles.

    I have a 2010, you need to find out what is in it now, whether it is synthetic or not. I did a Google search on Total Quartz and I didn't see a 5-20 either, but they may make it. You really only have to use an oil with the minimum ratings required by Kia. They can't specify a brand. I doubt the dealer is using Total in their bulk oil dispensers

    Total Oil: . http://www.total-us....A8?opendocument

    Total engine oil info: http://www.lubadmin....=4&Parametre1=2
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    Posted 17 May 2012 - 02:45 PM

    Kia around here uses Castrol. I just switched to Royal Purple.

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    Posted 07 July 2012 - 07:42 AM

    Like the rest of my cars, I will be using Mobil 1 oil and Mobil 1 oil filters.

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    Posted 07 July 2012 - 03:27 PM

    Careful with any filter other than the OEM filters on Kias and Hyundai's. You should read the thread my man, I've not found one aftermarket filter that provides the oil pressure these cars need.

    Hell, Kia and Hyundai even have Technical Safety Bulletins about this.

    Not to mention, the Kia/Hyundai filters are cheap, and VERY high quality filters. Made by Wix I believe.

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    Posted 08 July 2012 - 04:50 PM

    When I attended our Kia dealers new car care clinic there was a long discussion about oil filters. Supposedly Kia filters have a "check valve" in them that helps maintain proper oil pressure. They actually have cut several popular brands of filters apart to see which ones have them and which ones don't. They did mention that the "cheap" ones don't always have this valve in it. Of course because they were touting the filter that they use they wouldn't say which brands have this valve and which ones don't have it. They did say that if you want to purchase a specific brand for your car to contact them prior to buying it to check with them and see if it is on their list of ones that have the valve in it.

    As for synthetic/non-synthetic oil they leave it up to the customer's personal preference. Some purchase their own synthetic oil (as I do by the case from Costco) some purchase a specific brand of oil and bring it in while others just pick from what the dealership has to offer (regular, semi-synthetic or full synthetic) Their philosophy is that as long as it's getting changed per KIA's recommended mileage/time intervals they don't care which brand of oil you put in your car as long as it meets the specs for the car. Although they did get put on the spot by a guy who travels extensively for several months at a time (he puts less than 5,000 miles a year on his Optima) and the service dept. wouldn't commit to answering in front of everyone how often he really needed to come in for oil changes.

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    Posted 09 July 2012 - 03:56 PM

    They are right, that valve is what does it.

    I can tell you this.

    1. Fram filters don't have it.
    2. K&N filters don't have it.

    If I remember correctly, the Mobil 1 filter is the ONLY aftermarket one I found that DID have it.

    How will you know? Well, if you use an aftermarket filter and hear a lot more engine noise than usual, it doesn't have it. You'll hear your valves making a lot more noise without the proper pressure.

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    Posted 10 July 2012 - 03:59 AM

    Dumped the factory fill at 5K and been running MINI (BMW) full synthetic 5W-30 with a Baldwin B7243 filter for the last 2.5K with no issues.

    Edited by Hootbro, 10 July 2012 - 04:00 AM.


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    Posted 31 July 2012 - 02:56 PM

    Last week was my second oil change since I got my soul, first was from the Hyundai dealer where I purchased it, now I using
    Mobil 1 full synthetic 5w30 & OEM filter.

    If anyone is looking for OEM filters, I ordered a 6 pack from this seller, they had the best price, comes to $5.83 each, and delivery was free and quick. Another cool thing it my wifes santa fe takes the same filter.


    Edited by FMuscle, 31 July 2012 - 09:48 PM.
    ebay thingy


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    Posted 17 November 2012 - 12:36 PM

    Intelestink! Velly intelestink!!

    I have a case (6 with the crush washers) of the OEM filters on the way from Deland Kia for $5 a piece plus shipping. I'll be using a synthetic blend of 5w20.


    That's exactly what my dealer, "Citrus Kia" uses. They will be taking care of my Soul for the next year, so I'll not be worrying about what to use till after that.
    $5 ea. for filters is a very reasonable price, so I may go with those too.
    It's all about giving my engine the best possible maintenance while keeping the price down.
    That's why I built permanent concrete ramps in my back yard, so I can quickly and easily do my own oil changes. I even do them for my neighbors.

    Nice forum!

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