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Mission accomplished. That shouldn't be big news in and of itself. But it was more of an adventure than I planned on. At 7511 miles on my 2022 EX, I was going to just let the dealership do the oil change and tire rotation, but even with their coupon, it was way more $ than it should have been. Plus, I had a new unopened jug of 0W-20 Mobil 1 from my previous vehicle...plus I like doing them, and I trust myself to do it right. So I went to the dealer, bought an oem KIA oil filter from the parts department, got my correctly labeled "campaign" oil cap replaced and got an inspection sticker while I was at it. To their credit, they were very accommodating and made no effort to convince me that they should do the service.

So last Saturday morning, I got out my cardboard, my drain pan, my 17mm ratchet, and got to it. I decided to change the filter first this time because I thought it had potential to get a little messy. Well, as happens every time I do a first oil change on any car I've owned, I needed a filter wrench. Not sure why service people don't understand 'hand-tighten plus a little extra' when they put these things on. The wrench made it pretty easy and the large size cardboard coffee cup I used over the filter after it was loosened made the mess more manageable. Let it drain a while, swapped in the new filter, hand tightened it and moved onto the main drain bolt.

That's when the fun began. If I thought the gorilla who put on the filter overdid it, whoever put on the drain bolt was not to be outdone. To make a long story short(er), I butchered that bolt head, even using the correct 17mm socket. It took a soaking with Kroil, PB Blaster, some vice-grips and a lot of cursing to finally get that thing off. I even did a little research to make sure it wasn't a reverse-threaded bolt before I finally won the battle. Next stop: back to the dealer to buy a new oil drain plug and crush washer since I mangled the original. Thankfully, they had one in stock.

Funny thing is, I debated ordering a Fumoto valve (or something similar) before I started, just to make future oil changes even easier. It made sense when I was commuting to work and putting nearly 100 miles a day on a vehicle. But now that I'm semi-retired and working from home, I'll only be doing these oil changes once a year. I can deal with the drain plug.

So consider this a cautionary tale for those of you doing your own oil changes, especially if you're not the first do do it.:)
 

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We have a '20 Soul LX with the same engine/trans: 2.0 MPFI and IVT.

For the first oil change, I took it to a friend who was a Top-Tier Gold Mechanic at Kia when I worked there as the webmaster. He opened his own shop. VERY honest and knowledgeable guy. He let me watch the whole process so that I would be familiar with it. Easy set up!! I did go and buy a Performance Tool 80mm / 15 Flute oil filter cap wrench at Advance Auto and used a 6-inch ratchet extension to reach up through the access hole in the plastic panel underneath.

No problems with the drain plug. The shop manuals say to tighten the Kia ones between 26 lb/ft and 32 lb/ft, so I have my torque wrench set on 30 lb/ft. I use an 18-inch breaker bar and 6-point socket to loosen it when I do the next oil change, and it usually only takes a slight tug. And, always put a new crush washer on.

If the layout underneath the car (plastic shielding) is similar to the Soul, it should be an easy oil change.

I have done almost all the oil changes on my cars for the past 30+ years and enjoy doing it. It's cheaper, but it's also peace of mind that it's done right.
 

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Lower mileage after oil change? 2021 Seltos LX, 3500m. No kidding I was getting over 35 mpg right along, then I took it in for a tire rotation and oil change and now I only get like 32.5mpg at best. What’s up with that? What should I say to their service dept?
 

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Lower mileage after oil change? 2021 Seltos LX, 3500m. No kidding I was getting over 35 mpg right along, then I took it in for a tire rotation and oil change and now I only get like 32.5mpg at best. What’s up with that? What should I say to their service dept?
Glad you get 32 MPG. Since new, my 2021 1.6, only gets 22avg around town. On some rare occasions it may be 24mpg. Highways, it would be rare to get 30-31. Usually 28-29. Just did a 1200 mile straight thru trip in July with 28.8 being the best. Note, I have noticed that if I put in a can of B&G or Barryman just before a trip, I can get 31 highway. Only those 2 products do it. 46K in 2 years.
 
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