2013 Kia Optima Oil Change

If you are the owner of a 2013 Kia Optima, then you will need to perform an oil change on it at some point. The good news is that this process is relatively simple and can be done with common tools that most people have in their garage. In this blog post, we will walk you through the steps necessary to change the oil on your 2013 Kia Optima.


2013 KIA Optima Oil Type


The 2013 Kia Optima uses an engine oil with a specification of API SN. The recommended oil to use is synthetic motor oil. You can also use conventional, high mileage, or synthetic blend oils if they meet the same specifications.

If you are using a full synthetic oil, it’s important that you follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for viscosity and intervals between changes. Otherwise, you may experience decreased fuel economy and increased wear on your engine.


Kia recommends using engine oil of viscosity SAE 5W-30 (5W-40) for cars with a complete set 2.0 TGDI, whereas for cars with a complete set 2.4 GDI recommend using engine oil of viscosity SAE 5W-20 (5W-30).

However, SAE 5W-20 (API SM / ILSAC GF-4) is the best choice for good fuel economy.


The oil capacity is 4.6 quarts (4.4 liters).


The oil you use must meet the specification of “API Service SM”, ILSAC GF-4 or above, and labeled “Energy Conserving”. The oils with this label contribute to fuel economy by reducing the amount of fuel necessary to overcome engine friction.

If the API service SM engine oil is not available in your country, you are able to use API service SL.

You can use oil from this list of brands to change your engine oil in 2013 KIA Optima:

  • Mobil 1,
  • Valvoline,
  • Royal Purple,
  • Pennzoil,
  • Castrol.

The oil filter you use must meet the requirements of Kia motor company and be labeled “KC” or “Korea Built”. You can find this type of oil filter at an authorized Kia dealer.

It is important that you only use engine oils and filters that are approved by Kia Motor Company. Using non-approved products may void your warranty.

2013 KIA  Optima Oil Change Intervals


The Kia Optima is a great car, and like all cars, needs its oil changed on a regular basis.

The engine oil and filter should be changed at the intervals specified in the Maintenance Schedule. See your Owner’s Manual for more information.

In general, Kia recommends an engine oil change every:

7000 miles or every six months, whichever comes first, for Optima SX models.

8000 miles or every seven months, whichever comes first, for all other Optima models.

If you frequently drive your 2013 Kia Optima under the following conditions, you should change your engine oil more often:

in heavy city traffic where the outside temperature regularly reaches 90°F (32°C) or higher;

on dusty, rough, muddy, or salt spread roads;

when using recycled oil from a quick lube business;

If possible, avoid such places that use recycled oil and filters. Doing so helps prevent contamination of our environment with used filter waste as well as harmful deposits forming inside vital engine parts due to improper filtering practices.

if your Optima is equipped with a diesel engine, please consult your authorized Kia dealer for oil change intervals;

for the Optima Hybrid model, please consult your authorized Kia dealer for oil change intervals. Your owner’s manual will provide you with the recommended oil and viscosity grade recommended by Kia Motors America, Inc.

Best Oil for 2013 KIA Optima


The type of oil you use for your 2013 Kia Optima is incredibly important. You want to make sure that you are using a high-quality oil so that your engine runs as smoothly as possible and doesn’t experience any wear and tear.

There are a few different types of oil that you can choose from, so it’s important to do some research to figure out which one is best for your car. Some people prefer synthetic oils, while others swear by conventional oils.

No matter what type of oil you choose, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations when it comes to viscosity and weight. If you’re not sure which type of oil is right for your car, consult with an automotive specialist or your dealer.

You should also keep in mind how often you drive your car and what type of roads you’re driving on before choosing an oil type. If you only drive a few miles per day, then conventional oils might work just fine for you. But if you frequently travel long distances or take your car off-roading, then synthetic oils are more than likely the way to go because they’re better at resisting sludge buildups and protecting vital engine components from wear and tear due to extreme temperatures or harsh conditions that can occur during those long road trips.

The best oil for 2013 Kia Optima is one that will help prolong the life of your vehicle without breaking down over time like some less expensive brands do when exposed to high temperatures or extreme conditions.

Oil (By Manufacturer) – KIA recommends using “Mobil 1 Extended Performance Extended Performance 5W-30 Motor Oil”.

KIA recommended Oil for 2013 KIA Optima

Oil (Our Choice) – Pennzoil Platinum High Mileage Full Synthetic 5W-30 Motor Oil for Vehicles Over 75K Miles. Pennzoil Platinum High Mileage SAE 5W-30 is a full synthetic motor oil made from natural gas, not crude oil. It is uniquely engineered from revolutionary PurePlus gas-to-liquid technology which is a patented process that converts pure natural gas into a high-quality, full synthetic base oil. Because it is made from natural gas, the base oil contains fewer impurities than base oils made from crude oil, and when combined with advanced additive technology, creates one of the best formulations in our Pennzoil high mileage portfolio.

Oil Filter (By Manufacturer) – The Kia Optima oil filter is a spin-on type. The manufacturer recommends changing it every time you change your oil. The best option for this vehicle would be an oil filter from Bosch.

Bosch Premium FILTECH Oil Filter provides superior oil filtration for increased engine protection. This oil filter, featuring Bosch FILTECH, utilizes an exclusive blend of natural and synthetic materials to provide superior oil filtration and increased engine wear protection. The Bosch FILTECH filtering area is up to 42 percent larger than conventional filters and the filter media is close to 30 percent thicker and can screen out more harmful contaminants than a conventional filter.

Best Oil Filter for 2013 KIA Optima

How to Change Oil By Yourself – Step by Step

When it’s time for an oil change on your 2013 Kia Optima, you don’t have to go to the dealership or an auto mechanic. You can do it yourself in your driveway with just a few simple tools and some automotive knowledge. This step-by-step guide will show you how to change the oil on your Kia Optima in less than an hour.

What You Need:

  • wrench,
  • ratchet,
  • socket set;
  • funnel;
  • drain pan;
  • new oil filter and motor oil of the correct weight and viscosity for your vehicle;
  • paper towels or rags.

Steps to change oil:



Drive your car for about 20 minutes so the engine and oil can warm up. This will help the old, dirty oil drain out more easily. Park it on a flat surface with plenty of room for you to work beneath the vehicle. Use jack stands if necessary to prevent your car from moving while changing its fluid.



Locate the oil drain plug and remove it using a wrench or ratchet. Place your drain pan beneath the opening, then slowly unscrew the plug to allow the hot oil to flow into it.



Allow all of the old oil to completely drain from your vehicle’s engine before proceeding with the next step.



Replace your car’s oil filter by loosening it with an appropriate-sized wrench — making sure you turn in a counterclockwise direction — until you can twist off its cover by hand, then pull out any remaining old filter housing and gasket pieces from inside. Apply new motor oil on both sides of the replacement filter gasket for easy installation later on.



With the drain pan still in place, reattach the oil drain plug and tighten it securely by hand. Be careful not to over-tighten, which could damage your engine.



Pour fresh motor oil into your car’s engine through the funnel until its level reads “FULL” on the dipstick (you may need to wait a few minutes for the oil to settle). Replace and twist on the cap of the oil filler tube tightly.

You have now successfully changed your 2013 Kia Optima’s oil! Drive safely and enjoy knowing that you saved yourself some money by doing this simple task yourself.

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