Do It Yourself Kia Stinger Oil Change

oddball

Active Member
276
99
28
On the 3.3T engine the oil cartridge cap is 26 ft/lb. and the oil drain plug is 32.5 ft./lb.
Woof. The filter cap seals with an o-ring, so it doesn't need to be tight to seal. I'd fear 26 ft/lb would be a bit much for that plastic.
I just tighten until it seats then set it "snug". My finely calibrated wrist would call it 10-15ftlb.
 

RLittle

Active Member
115
21
18
Woof. The filter cap seals with an o-ring, so it doesn't need to be tight to seal. I'd fear 26 ft/lb would be a bit much for that plastic.
I just tighten until it seats then set it "snug". My finely calibrated wrist would call it 10-15ftlb.
I agree.
Once it bottoms out it does not move much further.
It indeed tightens to about 15ft lb then stops moving as you put more pressure.
you have to give it a good shove to bottom the element on to the cap.
It took a bit of twisting by hand to get the cap to screw on as the filter element gets pushed on to the inlet then the last turn or two with the wrench with moderate pressure until it stops moving. No leaks here.

32ft/lb on the drain plug seems a bit much also in that the threads are covered with oil and there is a new gasket.
 

Kamauxx

2500 Posts Club!
4,569
1,701
118
A "friend of a friend" tightened the filter cap without using a torque wrench. It was his first time dealing with a plastic filter housing.

After finishing the job he verified there were no leaks and buttoned everything back up.

He drove to Autozone to dispose of the old oil and noticed a faint oil smell but paid no attention to it. Once he got home he saw a dotted line from the garage leading into the street. He noticed it was oil that had leaked out as he backed out of the garage. He then noticed a large pool of oil on the garage floor. After checking the dipstick he figured approximately half of the new oil had leaked out through the broken filter housing.

He wants me to implore everyone to pay close attention to the ft lb requirement and do not exceed them! Good luck.
______________________________
 

SteveCo

1000 Posts Club!
1,724
593
118
Calgary, AB
I'd fear 26 ft/lb would be a bit much for that plastic.
35.3 Nm/26.0 lb ft is specified in KIA's KGIS service procedure as the tightening torque for the oil filter cap, after applying clean engine oil to the O-rings. I'm sure they took the materials into consideration when arriving at that number, so that's what I'll be using.

I'm not going to second guess their specifications and risk a possible oil leak, especially with the oil filter hidden underneath the engine behind the underbody tray. :thumbup:
 

Muldune

Member
21
12
3
I paid the $19 to get the Kia online shop manuals for 3 days access. The Kia spec for the oil cap is 26 ft lbs, or 35.3 Nm. One should tighten the cap until it seats against the hold, just like in this picture:
IMG_1683 edited.jpg
 

KiaWill

Member
23
2
3
A "friend of a friend" tightened the filter cap without using a torque wrench. It was his first time dealing with a plastic filter housing.

After finishing the job he verified there were no leaks and buttoned everything back up.

He drove to Autozone to dispose of the old oil and noticed a faint oil smell but paid no attention to it. Once he got home he saw a dotted line from the garage leading into the street. He noticed it was oil that had leaked out as he backed out of the garage. He then noticed a large pool of oil on the garage floor. After checking the dipstick he figured approximately half of the new oil had leaked out through the broken filter housing.

He wants me to implore everyone to pay close attention to the ft lb requirement and do not exceed them! Good luck.
Was your "friend of a friend" able to replace or fix the broken filter housing?
 

RLittle

Active Member
115
21
18
Cracked. Entire engine bay and body panels under the car coated in fresh oil.
Thanks man!

I'll be careful not to overtighten.

I'm sure the dealer techs are not going to use a torque wrench for that.
Actually, the torque is supposed to be measured while the cap is still moving.
I bet it bottoms and stops moving well before 26ftlb
 

Kamauxx

2500 Posts Club!
4,569
1,701
118
By now the dealerships should be used to the plastic housings. They've been used on the 3.3l engines in a few other Kia vehicles over the years. They're probably trained to just hand tighten them.
 

eflyguy

2500 Posts Club!
3,536
1,204
118
Georgia, USA
I've been working with canister filters on a couple of vehicles for a few years, they do bottom out, it's a "plastic on plastic" situation. The torque spec is supposed to be enough to prevent it from working loose, but the (fresh, supplied with every cartridge) O-ring provides the seal.

Very disappointed that the cartridge is underneath.
 

SteveCo

1000 Posts Club!
1,724
593
118
Calgary, AB
Very disappointed that the cartridge is underneath.
Indeed. On my other car the filter container is a 'top-loader' with very easy access under the hood. Unscrewing the cap lets you cleanly extract and replace the used filter cartridge form the recessed housing without spilling a drop of oil. A nice clean process, and still environmentally friendlier by eliminating the disposable spin-on metal filter housing - nice! :thumbup:
 

RLittle

Active Member
115
21
18
By now the dealerships should be used to the plastic housings. They've been used on the 3.3l engines in a few other Kia vehicles over the years. They're probably trained to just hand tighten them.
I needed a wrench to get it over the o ring. Once bottomed it stopped turning.

Oh, I did spill some oil when pulling the old filter out of the cap.
 

celwin

Active Member
123
20
18
Long Island, NY
Volume is fine for me too. For those that do your own oil change make records and save paperwork/receipts, This way for any warrenty work they may want to see you were properly maintaining. I decided since I don't have the time like in the past I take it to the dealership and everything is on records. Just something to think about. Another great video!
If you are doing yourself, what receipts are you referring to? Receipt of purchasing the oil? I tend to document mileage and date in an excel spread sheet.
______________________________
 
Top