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How to Change Engine OIL on a 2016-2020 Kia Optima

DIY Cost: $ 50 - 100
Est. Time: 30 mins - 1 hour
Difficulty: Intermediate


Step-by-step procedure on how to oil change and replace the oil filter on a 2016-2020 Kia Optima.

What you will need


  1. Park the vehicle at a safe flat ground level.
  2. Jack up the vehicle or put the vehicle on the car ramps and support the vehicle with jack stands. Then put wheel chocks on the back wheel.
  3. Locate the drain plug under the engineThe drain plug of the 2016-2020 Kia Optima. Place the drain pan below. 


    The oil pan below the drain plug of the engine.
  4. Loosen the 17mm drain plug and remove it by hand by turning it counterclockwise. Allow the oil to drain for at least 10 minutes. Loosen the 17mm oil drain plug of the 2016-2020 Kia Optima.


  5. Reinstall the drain plug with a new copper washer and torque it to the correct specification.Reinstalling the drain plug onto the engine.


  6. Locate the oil filter and place the oil pan below it.The oil filter of the 2016-2020 Kia Optima.


  7. Loosen the oil filter using an oil filter clamp and remove it by hand.Loosening the oil filter of the 2016-2020 Kia Optima.


  8. Clean the installation surface of the oil filter.Cleaning the oil filter installation surface.


  9. Install the new oil filter and tighten it by hand.Installing the new oil filter of the 2016-2020 Kia Optima.


  10. Remove the jack stands so that the vehicle is on a flat level surface. Do not start the engine as there is no oil in it yet. Opened hood of the Kia Optima.
  11. Open the hood and remove the oil cap by turning it counterclockwise.


    The oil cap of the engine 2016-2020 Kia Optima.
  12. Insert a funnel onto the engine and pour the engine oil into the funnel. Make sure to use the engine oil recommended by the vehicle's manufacturer. Do not add more than the recommended capacity. Adding Engine Oil to the Kia Optima.

    Drain and refill capacity: 4.8L or 5.0721 U.S.qts.

  13. Check the oil level using the dipstick.Checking the oil level of the engine.


  14. Place the oil cap back on the engine. Tighten it and go start the engine.
  15. Check for oil leaks, especially on the oil filter, and recheck the engine oil level to be safe.

Torque specifications

  • Oil drain plug: 34.3-44.1N.m (32.5 lb-ft)
  • Oil filter: 11.8-15.7 N.m (11.6 lb-ft)

Applicable Oil Filters

  • PurolatorBoss PBL14461
  • Fram Titanium FS9688
  • Mobil1 M1-104A
  • Purolator ONE PL14459
  • K&N HP-1004
  • Carquest Standard R85334
  • Carquest Premium 85334
  • K&N PS-1004
  • aFe POWER 44-LF018-MB
  • aFe POWER 44-LF018
  • OEZ 26300-35505
  • FRAM Force FF9688
  • Beck/Arnley 041-8707


How to Change Engine OIL on a 2016-2020 Kia Optima What you will need 5W-20 Engine oil 4.8L or 5.0721 U.S.qts. Oil filter (See Applicable Oil Filters Below) Oil pan Copper washer