This is just a quick post for anyone that may have friends or family that drive newer Kias. Especially the 2010 Souls. Apparently, the aftermarket oil filters (several that are available) thread pattern isn’t quite exact. This 2010 Kia Soul came thru my office this week for “Mechanical Failure due to incorrect Oil Filter”. Turns out the correct AM filter was used. But the AM filter doesn’t have a check valve which causes the oil pressure to drop extremely low, causing the damage. Which is what happened in this case.
So here you can see the hole in the block caused by one of the piston rods blowing thru it. The whole was almost big enough to for the service writer to fit his entire hand in it. He blurted out “I’m totally touching crank right now.” Which of course I couldn’t help but laugh. After realizing what he had said, he got red in the face and we joked about how that could be Kia’s new slogan?The service writer said that this was the 3rd Kia Soul he’s had to replace the motor in this year alone due to AM oil filters that don’t have the check valves. He’s also had one of the sedans in for the same thing, but I can’t remember which one he said. He has fixed several in the past for Enterprise Rental Car because they do their own servicing & use the AM filters.
This vehicle will be back on the road in no time. Once the quick lube stations insurance company coughs up the $7,000 to replace the motor (parts & labor). $2,000 of that is the core charge by the way, as the engine block core is obviously no good anymore.
So the moral of the story is: If you have a Kia, and are tempted to go for a Non dealer oil change, or do it yourself, that’s fine. Just make sure They/You, use OEM filters. Or you too could have the opportunity to “Totally touch Crank.”