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How to Replace Spark Plugs, Ignition Coils Kia Optima 2016-2020

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

Summary

Step-by-step instructions on how to replace the coil pack and spark plug on a 2016-2020 Kia Optima.

What you will need

Procedure

  1. Open the hood. Pull the hood release under the dashboard.Hood release of 2016-2020 Kia Optima.Unlock the hood latch and pull the hood up.Opened hood of the Kia Optima.

     

  2. Remove the engine cover by pulling it up.Removing the cover of the engine.Removing the cover of the engine.

     

  3. Disconnect the electrical connectors on each ignition coil. Pull out the locking clip and then pull the connector out while squeezing the clip.Disconnecting the electrical connector from the ignition coil.Disconnecting the electrical connector from the ignition coil.

     

  4. Remove the size ten bolts on each ignition coil using a socket wrench.Removing the bolts on the coil pack. Remove the coil pack by pulling them up.Removing the ignition coil on the Kia Optima.Pulling the ignition coil out.

     

  5. Check for any burn marks or cracks on the ignition coil; you can also check what ignition coil is misfiring using an OBD-II scanner.Checking the ignition coil of the vehicle.

     

  6. Loosen and remove the spark plug using a 5/8 spark plug socket with a ratchet extension.Removing the spark plug of the 2016-2020 Kia Optima.Removing the spark plug of the 2016-2020 Kia Optima.

     

  7. Put the new spark plug into the spark plug socket and carefully lower them into the engine. Do not allow the spark plugs to drop into the engine block, as that can lead to damage at the tip of the spark plug. Then tighten the spark plug to the proper torque specification.Installing the new spark plug of the vehicle. Recommend torque is 15ft/lbs. Installing the new spark plug of the vehicle.

     

  8. Line up the new ignition coil and push them in.Installing the new coil pack of the vehicle.

     

  9. Reinstall the 10mm bolts on each ignition coil.Reinstalling the bolts back to the coil pack.

     

  10. Connect the electrical connectors back to the ignition coil. Push the connectors until they lock in.Reconnecting the electrical connector back to the coil pack.Reconnecting the electrical connector back to the coil pack.

     

  11. Line up the engine cover and push it in to lock the rubber grommets.Reinstalling the cover of the engine.

Torque Specification

  • Spark Plug: 10.8 to 18.0 lb-ft of torque (14.7 to 24.5 Nm

Spark Plug Gap 

  • Gapped to 0.044
How to Replace Spark Plugs, Ignition Coils Kia Optima 2016-2020 What you will need Ignition coil Spark plugs (FXU16HR11) - The OEM spark plugs are laser iridium spark plugs.