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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 12-29-2017, 12:16 PM Thread Starter
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First oil change

Did my first oil change this morning. My Niro hit exactly 7000 miles and I'm off work so it worked out just right.

A few points...

If I had all my tools and stuff lined up, I think I could have done it in 20 minutes. Heck, my garage never even got warmed up with a space heater.

Why did I have to use the 17 mm wrench on the pan bolt the entire way out? I could not turn it by hand. Threading is easy...

Of course the factory filter was installed by a giant with a 1" air impact wrench set to 900 foot pounds, but I've never had a vehicle that hadn't been. My filter wrench actually crushed the end before it finally broke free.

The oil filler opening has some kind of metal guard inside, I assume it is to keep oil from splashing up or from dropping something in there, but all it does is make using a funnel a 2 person job. Silly design.

4 quarts sucks, wish it took 5. Oil comes in 5 quart bottles and guessing is kinda dumb. Maybe next time I'll go back to single quart bottles, but that's a waste of plastic and money. Or 4 oil changes and I'll have 4 quarts left over in 4 bottles.

Other than that, piece of cake.

P. S. Oil was Mobil 1 0W-20 and filter was Mobile 1 also. On sale at Advanced Auto for $29.99.
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Thanks for info. I bought Mobil 1 0W-20 in advance for when I start changing. Right now, I get three years of free oil changes/tire rotation from the dealer.


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Hope mine NEVER sees the inside of the dealer.
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Wait 7,000 miles for first oil change?

Bought my last new car in 2002 when the first oil change was something like 1,000 miles, as I recall. It is troubling to think I should be driving around with the first oil for 7,000 miles. Can that be correct? It will take me close to two years to put that many miles on my Niro. I bought my car in September and now have 2,000 miles on it. Longest trip might be 50 miles. Most are 3 miles.
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7,500 miles actually for first service.

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Did my first oil change this morning. My Niro hit exactly 7000 miles and I'm off work so it worked out just right.

P. S. Oil was Mobil 1 0W-20 and filter was Mobile 1 also. On sale at Advanced Auto for $29.99.
I'm not quite clear if this is a Kia thing, but I had the idea that the first service, including oil change, was free. I confirmed this when I picked up the car.

Mobil 1 filters have been excellent non-paper filters in the past, but the problem is that they can switch designs and vendors. I discovered years ago that Purolator One filters have the same excellent design as the Mobil 1 filters at less than half the cost ($5 to $8). I use them on my cars and motorcycles. If you are going to change filters at the recommended intervals, cheaper paper filters will work fine. But a low stressed Atkinson cycle engine can go much further between changes. Purolator markets these filters as good for 10,000 miles. In the last forty years, I have changed my oil every 30,000 miles and have never worn an engine out. Anecdotal for sure, and really I should test the old oil after changes. But objective evidence is out there for longer oil change intervals. Used to be safer to do that, but now with Kia's silly long drivetrain warranty, we have to stick to recommended intervals for 100,000 miles to maintain the warranty.

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I'm not quite clear if this is a Kia thing, but I had the idea that the first service, including oil change, was free.
I believe this varies from dealer to dealer - my paperwork clearly states that ONLY the 1st oil change is free, I have to pay for the remainder of the 7500-mile 1st service. (Yeah, my cheap-ass dealer sucks.)
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I used the phrase "first service" with my sales rep, but their word is not gospel.

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I was thinking of doing 5000 mile oil changes (with whatever other maintenance is due by then... e.g something listed for 22,500 miles I'd probably do at the 20K appointment.

Reasons why:
1) 5000 is easier math to do :-), but I'm an engineer so I can handle that one...
2) The manual (I believe) says "7500 miles or 6 months". I don't drive 7500 miles in 6 months (typically I do 11-12K per year so that's 5K in just about 5 months). So that would leave me doing every 6 months at whatever random mileage. I'd rather have a mileage target.
3) Slightly more often oil changes is cheap insurance to avoid problems later.

Any reason not to do oil changes at 5000 mile intervals instead?
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