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I found where to drain the oil but cant find the filter anywhere. I did not take all the plastic off however. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks
 

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It's under the hood. Take the plastic cover off the engine, it just pulls up. On the right side you'll see the oil filter housing with a large plastic cap. I didn't have a wrench large enough so ended up using a crescent wrench.
 

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Thanks so much. I would never have known. Mine has a nut on top of the large part . Does the oil not run all over the place when you take it off or maybe it just drains down and then not full. Also the sales guy said i should use blended synthetic. I have always used non syntheticCastrol in all my other cars. What do you think? Thanks again.
 

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If you get free oil changes why do it yourself?
 

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I bought it used and do not get free service.
What did you pay used? and that's unfortunate! Should have gone CPO! :p:nerd
I bought mine new and was never told about "Free" service..
Direct from kia you get you 36 months or 6 services for free for buying the car.
 

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What did you pay used? and that's unfortunate! Should have gone CPO! :p:nerd

Direct from kia you get you 36 months or 6 services for free for buying the car.


After seeing your post I contacted the dealer. The KIA manager said "Oh yeah, I suppose you do qualify for that"...


Not impressed with the dealership, but he informed me that when I schedule a service to do so through him and he'd make sure the service department honors the free service every 5000 miles for 2 years.


Thanks for pointing it out.
 

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Oil Filter

Well, until the discussion about oil changes from the stealership being free or not free is settled, here is where it is for the DIY types.


Lift the helipad sized cover straight up from the engine and you will see it.


 

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Use blended synthetic or full synthetic in your Cadenza. The dealership should use blended synthetic per KIA spec's.
Let the dealer do it with the free service.
 

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Does the oil not run all over the place when you take it off or maybe it just drains down and then not full
I had watched a how to video (not specifically for the Cadenza just vehicles with the same oil filter housing) where the guy opened the oil filter housing and said to let that drain for 5 minutes or so before removing the oil pan drain plug and emptying the oil from there. He never gave a reason why to start with the oil filter housing, anyone know? I would have started with oil pan plug and then while that was draining open the filter housing. Oh I have 2017, if that makes any difference.

For those who DIY oil changes, what's the correct procedure when completing an oil change on Cadenza? I'm used to the screw on filters (from below) which I remove while the oil is draining.
 

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I change my own oil and do it just like any other car. I remove the drain plug, then while that is draining, unscrew the oil filter housing and remove the filter. No oil splashes anywhere, it stays in place while you do the change. I really like the canister filter now, with it being up top, I find it easier to access, and less messy than regular filters on the bottom.
 

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Wow!! The oil filter is not where I expected it to be on my 2017 3.3L engine. It's actually under the car in front of the passenger side drive axel. I'm going to create a new thread discussing this in more detail since it appears many in this thread have earlier models.
 
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