I ended up just removing the whole belly pan and that gave me enough room to get a strap wrench on the filter. The pan comes off pretty easily with several captive fasteners and a couple of screws.1) The oil filter was very tight - no way could break it loose with hand as hard to get a grip on it thru the cover hole (I add DEALER did my first Oil Change -supposed changed it).
Wondering if you ever found the answer. Just about to hit 22,500 with mine. Can't find it anywhere.Does anyone know how to change the engine clutch actuator fluid? When I log onto the Kia Owners website and look at the maintenance section for the Kia Niro, you can look at the schedule and associated dealer costs. For me, it shows the 22,500 service to be $138.85 and includes an oil change, tire rotation and changing the engine clutch actuator fluid. A tire rotation and oil change is $48.90, so I'm guessing just changing the actuator fluid is about $90 and I would think it's simple, but I can't find any guide on doing it.
Only dealers have the special pump and software required (and not all of them made the investment).