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Kia Soul Engine Oil Change Guide
How to change the motor oil and replace the filter on the Nu 2.0L GDI I4 engine in a 2014 to 2019 Kia Soul.

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2019 Soul Nu 2.0L GDI
Twist Off Counterclockwise
Oil Filler Cap Removed
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the 2nd generation (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019 model years) Kia Soul in changing the motor oil and replacing the oil filter on the Nu 2.0 liter GDI inline four cylinder engine. The procedure should be the same or very similar for the Gamma 1.6L GDI I4 engine and the Gamma 1.6L T-GDI turbocharged I4 engine.

Owners of other Kia, Hyundai or Genesis vehicles such as the Niro, Sportage, Sedona, Telluride, Sorento, Rio, Forte, Optima, K900, Cadenza, Stinger, Tucson, Santa Fe, Kona, Palisade, Elantra, Sonata, Accent, Veloster, Ioniq, Nexo, Venue, G70, G80 and G90 may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A few compatible replacement oil filters with their part numbers include the following: Bosch 3312, Fram XG9688, Wix 51334, ACDelco PF1127, Pennzoil HPZ-37, Royal Purple 10-2808, Purolator PL14459 and Mobil 1 M1-104.

The oil filters listed above are supposed to be compatible with the Nu 2.0L GDI I4, Gamma 1.6L GDI I4 and also the Gamma 1.6L T-GDI turbo I4 engines.

The tools needed to complete this procedure include a floor jack, two jack stands, a 17mm socket, a 3/8" drive ratchet, a used oil catch container, a Lisle 63600 oil filter wrench (optional) and 5 U.S. quarts of new SAE 5W-20 oil. (If you live in a very cold or a very hot climate, check the owner's manual for the recommended oil type.)

The oil capacity specifications for an oil change with a filter replacement for the three engines are as follows: Nu 2.0L GDI I4: 4.23 U.S. quarts (4.0 liters), Gamma 1.6L GDI: 3.80 U.S. quarts (3.6L) and Gamma 1.6L T-GDI turbo I4: 4.75 U.S. quarts (4.5L). Please double check the oil capacity for your vehicle in the owner's manual.

The first steps are to warm up the engine for a few minutes, drive the car on to a level surface, shift the transmission into "Park" and turn off the ignition.

Warming up the engine will help suspend any contaminants within the old oil and also allow it to drain out more quickly.

Engage the emergency / parking brake and place wheel chocks on both sides of the rear tires to prevent the vehicle from moving.

Open the hood, twist off the oil filler cap in the counterclockwise direction and partially remove the oil dipstick an inch or two.

Removing the oil fill cap and lifting out the dipstick will help prevent a vacuum from forming and allow the old oil to drain out more quickly.


Lift Up Oil Dipstick
Raise Front of Vehicle
Under Engine Cover
Raise the front of the vehicle with the floor jack and securely support it with at least two jack stands.

Please do not solely rely on the floor jack to support the car!

Slide under the front of the car and locate the two service access covers on the black plastic under engine cover.

The round oil filter access cover was missing on this 2019 Soul.

Service Access Cover
Pinch Release Tabs
Drain Bolt Cover Removed
Pinch together the two release tabs on the oil drain bolt access cover before pulling it straight off the under engine cover.

Set the cover aside in a safe place.

Oil Pan & Drain Bolt
Loosen Counterclockwise
Draining Out Old Oil
Slide the used oil catch container to just below the oil drain bolt.

Loosen the drain bolt by turning it in the counterclockwise direction with the 17mm socket and a 3/8" or 1/2" drive ratchet.

Spin out the oil drain bolt the rest of the way by hand.

Be careful when you remove the oil drain bolt. The old oil might still be hot enough to burn your fingers depending on how long you warmed up the engine.

Allow the old oil to drain out for at least a few minutes or until the flow slows down to just an occasional drop.

Replace Oil Drain Bolt
Old Oil Filter Location
Slide Basin Forward
Check the condition of the metal crush washer or "gasket" on the oil drain bolt.

If necessary, replace the washer. The OEM Kia / Hyundai part number for the oil drain bolt washers is 21513-23001.

Spin in the oil drain bolt a few turns by hand in the clockwise direction to prevent it from becoming cross threaded.

Tighten the oil drain bolt in the clockwise direction with the 17mm socket and a 3/8" drive ratchet to just past hand tight.

If you have a torque wrench, the service manual specification for the oil drain bolt is 25.3 to 32.5 lb-ft of torque (34.3 to 44.1 Nm).

Carefully slide the used oil catch basin forward to just below the old oil filter.


Lisle Oil Filter Wrench
Loosen Counterclockwise
Dip Finger In New Oil
Twist off the old oil filter by turning it in the counterclockwise direction.

If you have trouble removing the old oil filter, use an oil filter wrench such as the Lisle 63600.

Attach the oil filter wrench to an extension bar and the 3/8" drive ratchet.

Allow the old oil to drain out from the oil filter receptacle for at least a few minutes.

Dip your pinky finger into some new oil and lubricate the rubber o-ring gasket on the new oil filter.

Lubricating the rubber o-ring will help the new oil filter create a better seal, prevent oil leaks and also make it easier to remove the filter during the next oil change.

Lubricate Rubber O-Ring
Twist On New Oil Filter
Replace Service Cover
Make sure that the old filter's rubber o-ring is not still attached to the engine.

Twist on the new oil filter in the clockwise direction and tighten it to about 1/4 to 1/3 turn past finger tight.

(The service manual specification for tightening the oil filter is 8.7 to 11.6 lb-ft of torque.)

Avoid over tightening the new oil filter to prevent from damaging the rubber o-ring gasket which could lead to an oil leak.

I recommend buying the Bosch 3312 oil filter since it has excellent reviews on Amazon.

Double check that the oil drain bolt and the new oil filter are tight before moving on to the next steps.

Replace the two service access covers for the oil filter and drain bolt.

Push To Secure Clips
Insert Automotive Funnel
Pour In New Oil
Make sure that the oil drain bolt and oil filter service access covers are securely in place.

Move to the engine bay and insert an automotive funnel into the oil filler hole.

The total oil capacity specification for this Nu 2.0L GDI I4 engine is 4.23 U.S. quarts (or 4.0 liters) of SAE 5W-20 oil for an oil change with a filter replacement.

(If you have a Gamma 1.6L GDI I4, the specification is 3.80 U.S. quarts or 3.6L. The specification for the Gamma 1.6L T-GDI turbo engine is 4.75 U.S. quarts or 4.5L.)

It is much better to have slightly less oil than necessary in an engine than to overfill it. Running an engine that has been overfilled with oil may cause damage to seals, gaskets or other components and cause sluggish performance.

I recommend at first only pouring in about 3.75 to 4 U.S. quarts of the Nu 2.0L engine's 4.23 U.S. quarts total capacity.

Replace Oil Fill Cap
Push Down Dipstick
Check Oil Level
Temporarily replace the oil filler cap by twisting it on in the clockwise direction and push the oil dipstick back down into place.

Start the engine and allow it to warm up for at least a few minutes.

Then turn off the engine and allow the new oil to drain back down to the oil pan for at least 10 to 15 minutes.

Replace Oil Dipstick
Double Checking Level
Oil Change Complete
Pull out the dipstick, wipe it clean with a paper towel, fully re-insert it and pull it out again to check the oil level.

If necessary, slowly pour in more oil and repeatedly check the dipstick until the oil level reaches at or near the top line of the cross-hatched area on the tip of the dipstick which indicates the "Full" or "Maximum" level.

You may not need to pour in the entire 4.23 U.S. quarts of new oil to reach the "F" line on the dipstick depending on how long you allowed the old oil to drain out.

To reset the "Service Required' message for the oil life meter, follow these steps: 1. Start the engine or turn the ignition switch to the "On" position. 2. When you see the "Service Required" message, press the "Reset" button (the arrow that points down on the steering wheel) for at least a few seconds. 3. The "Service Required" message should have disappeared to indicate that the oil life monitor system has been reset.

You can adjust the service interval for your oil life monitor by navigating into the "Service Mode" menu. The default oil change service interval specification in the owner's manual is 7,500 miles (12,000 Km) or every 48 months.

For more, please check out all of my 2014-2019 Kia Soul DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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