Kia and the “Almost Right” oil filter

This is just a quick post for anyone that may have friends or family that drive newer Kias. Especially the 2010 Souls. DSC05299Apparently, 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.DSC05291

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?DSC05302The 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.”

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A Property Damage Appraiser in the State of Idaho.
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5 Responses to Kia and the “Almost Right” oil filter

  1. Carlos says:

    Wow. I never knew this could happen with an aftermarket oil filter.

    What I don’t understand is how the oil starvation caused the piston to go thru the block. If there is no oil in the car, wouldn’t the engine just seize up?

    • clymerdude says:

      Haha, You’re right Carlos! I’ve looked at a few motors this week and mixed this one up with another one. I posted this late last night & was tired. The other one the owner was claiming the oil filter fell off while he was driving. He said he heard something under the car, but didnt run anything over. He kept driving and not long after his motor locked up. This post is actually about there not being a check valve in the AM filter so the pressure drops way low causing the damage. I’m fixing the post now. Thanks for the comment! who knows how long it would have taken me to see the mix up.

  2. tysonhugie says:

    Wow is right. That’s just scary looking. Good heads up for those who drive these Kias.

  3. pawela says:

    I couldn’t help but burst out laughing at the “Totally touch crank” phrase. That’s crazy how an aftermarket filter could cause so much damage! Glad you shared this and hope that Kia owners will take note. Shows that there is value in dealership service or at the very least, OEM stuff. I learned the hard way with my car.

  4. A right filter is necessary for smooth running of car. It would help in sustaining long life of car.

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