On most modern cars the forward jack points are on the pinch welds just aft of the front tires. If you have a floor jack a piece of 2x4 with a slot cut in the middle to fit over the flange works great (across the grain, otherwise it will just split). Or a hockey puck with a slot if you happen to be a flappy headed Canadian. >I changed the oil today. What a mess. There is about 1/4 inch clearance between my oil drain pan and the undercarriage shield. It was all I could do to get my fat fingertips on the drain plug to twirl it out when the drain pan was in place. The filter? forget about it. Had to move the pan, oil spilling all over our beautiful pavement driveway.
Is there no place forward of the front axle that I could lift just a little bit? I don't need tires off the ground, just maybe 3" clearance.
For the truly lazy, you can buy jack pads from Amazon or other online retailer.
I had the same problem with the filter on my first oil change. Evidently the robots at Kia are set to "Conan" when it comes to installing the oil filters. Like you I had to remove the whole belly pan which was annoying.