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Kia Sportage 2.4L I4 Engine Oil Change Guide
How to change the motor oil and filter in a 3rd generation 2011-2016 Kia Sportage with the Theta II 2.4L I4 engine.

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2014 Sportage 2.4L I4
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Twist Off Oil Filler Cap
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Pull Up Oil Dipstick

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the third generation (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016) Kia Sportage SUV in changing the motor oil and replacing the oil filter on the Theta II 2.4 liter inline four cylinder engine.

Owners of other Kia and Hyundai vehicles such as the Optima, Forte, Cadenza, K900, Rio, Sorento, Sedona, Soul, Elantra, Veloster, Sonata, Azera, Tucson, Santa Fe, Genesis and Equus may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The items needed to complete this procedure include a floor jack, two jack stands, a 17mm socket with a 3/8" drive ratcheting wrench, a used oil catch container, an automotive funnel, 6 quarts of SAE 5W-20 oil and possibly also an oil filter wrench.

A few compatible replacement canister style oil filters with their part numbers are as follows: Mobil 1 M1-104, K&N PS-1004, Royal Purple 10-2808, Purolator L14459, Fram PH9688, Wix 51334, Pennzoil HPZ-37, Kia 26300-35503, Denso 150-1006, ACDelco PF1127, Mahle OC 707 and Bosch 3312.

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Raise Front of Vehicle
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Remove Plastic Access Panel
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Oil Drain Bolt - 17mm
The first two steps are to warm up the engine to near operating temperature and park the vehicle on a level surface before turning off the engine.

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

Then engage the emergency / parking brake and chock the rear wheels to prevent the vehicle from moving.

Next, open the hood, twist off the oil filler cap in the counterclockwise direction and pull up the red plastic handled dipstick an inch or two.

Removing the oil filler cap and pulling up the dipstick will help prevent a vacuum from forming and also allow the old oil to drain out more quickly.

Raise the front passenger side of the SUV with the floor jack and securely support it with the two jack stands.

Slide under the engine bay and locate the plastic access covers for the oil drain bolt and the oil filter.

The plastic service access covers were missing on this Sportage. Your SUV may or may not be equipped with the plastic access panels for the oil filter and oil drain bolt.

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Oil Filter Location
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Used Oil Catch Basin
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Loosen Counterclockwise
Slide the used oil catch container to just below the drain bolt.

Loosen the drain bolt by turning it counterclockwise with the 17mm socket and 3/8" drive ratcheting wrench.

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Spin Out Oil Drain Bolt
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Drain Out Old Oil
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Tighten Drain Bolt Clockwise
Be careful when you remove the oil drain bolt since the old oil may still be hot enough to burn your skin 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 to an occasional drip.

If the oil drain bolt is equipped with a crush washer, inspect it and replace it if necessary.

A new crush washer can be purchased at the parts counter of any Kia or Hyundai dealership. Crush washers can usually be re-used a few times before needing to be replaced.

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Lisle Oil Filter Wrench
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Slide Container Forward
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Loosen Old Oil Filter
Re-insert the oil drain bolt and tighten in the clockwise direction to just past hand tight or about 20 to 25 ft-lbs of torque.

Twist off the old oil filter in the counterclockwise direction.

If you have trouble loosening the old oil filter, you may need to use an oil filter wrench such as the Lisle # 63600.

Attach the oil filter wrench to a short 3/8" extension bar and a ratcheting wrench.

Rotate the wrench counterclockwise to loosen the oil filter.



 

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Dip Finger In New Oil
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Lubricate Rubber O-Ring
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Spin On New Oil Filter
Allow the old oil to drain from the oil filter receptacle for a few minutes.

I recommend buying the Mobil 1 M1-104 oil filter since it has excellent reviews on Amazon.

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

Lubricating the gasket on the new filter will allow it form a better seal, prevent leaks and also make it easier to remove during the next oil change.

Make sure that the rubber o-ring gasket from the old oil filter is not still attached to the engine.

Twist on the new oil filter in the clockwise direction to about 1/4 to 1/3 turn past hand tight.

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

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Lower Car From Stands
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Insert Automotive Funnel
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Pour In New SAE 5W-20 Oil
Remove the used oil catch container and any tools from the underside of the SUV.

Lower the vehicle from the jack stands by using the floor jack.

Insert an automotive funnel in to the oil filler hole.

The total capacity for the Hyundai Theta II GDI 2.4L I4 engine in this 2014 Kia Sportage for an oil change with a filter replacement is 5.1 U.S. quarts (or 4.8 Liters) of SAE 5W-20 oil.

Since running an engine that has been overfilled with oil may damage seals, gasket or other components, I'd recommend only pouring in about 4 to 4.5 quarts of oil at first.

Then temporarily replace the oil filler cap and push down the dipstick.

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Replace Oil Filler Cap
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Check Dipstick Oil Level
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Push In Oil Dipstick
Start the engine and allow it to idle for a few minutes, turn it off and then allow the oil to drain back down to the oil pan for at least 5 to 10 minutes.

Pull out the dipstick, wipe it clean with a paper towel or a clean rag, re-insert the dipstick and pull it out again to check the oil level.

If necessary, slowly pour in more oil and repeatedly check the level on the dipstick until it reaches at or just below the upper hole in the dipstick which indicates the "Full" or "MAX" line.

You may not need to pour in the entire 5.1 U.S. quarts of the engine's total capacity to reach the "Full" line depending on how long you allowed the old oil to drain out.

Once the level on the dipstick is correct, re-insert the dipstick and make sure that the oil filler cap is tight.

If you're Sportage (such as the SX trim level) is equipped with an oil life meter, follow these steps to reset the maintenance reminder.

1. Hold down the "Trip" button until the menu appears on the screen. 2. Select the oil life option and hold down "Reset" until the message goes away or the meter resets to 100% depending on your model year.

Check out my other 2011-2015 Kia Sportage DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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