Kia Soul 2023 Engine Maintenance and Services User Manual


Kia Soul 2023 Engine Maintenance and Services User Manual


A fantastic compact SUV with a great balance of design, adaptability, and efficiency is the Kia Soul 2023. This extraordinary car’s engine, which supplies the necessary power and performance for drivers, is its heart. Prioritizing routine engine maintenance and servicing is essential to maintaining the Kia Soul’s top performance and guaranteeing its long-term dependability. This extensive manual will cover the significance of engine care, point out important service requirements, and offer helpful advice to assist Kia Soul owners keep their engines in top condition for many years to come.

Engine maintenance is essential because the engine is without a doubt the most important part of any car, and the Kia Soul 2023 is no exception. In order to maximize performance, increase fuel efficiency, extend the engine’s lifespan, and avoid expensive repairs in the future, regular engine maintenance is essential. Owners can enjoy a smoother driving experience while protecting their investment by following suggested maintenance schedules and taking care of potential concerns right away.

Overview of the Kia Soul 2023’s engines:
The Kia Soul 2023 is available with a variety of engines, including effective and exciting drivetrains. In order to accommodate a variety of driving tastes, these engines are built to provide a balance between power and fuel efficiency. The key to maximizing engine performance and preserving its longevity, whether you have a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine or the turbocharged version, is proper maintenance.

Engine Maintenance and Services

Regular oil changes are a necessary aspect of engine maintenance since oil lubricates an engine’s moving parts and dissipates heat. In order to avoid engine damage and maintain peak performance, regular oil changes are essential. The recommended oil change intervals, the significance of using premium oil and filters, and the methods required in an oil change for the Kia Soul 2023 will all be covered in detail.

Changing the Air Filter:
The engine’s air filter prevents impurities, dirt, and other particles from entering the combustion chamber. It may eventually clog up and restrict airflow, which would reduce engine performance. We’ll go over why changing your air filter is important and walk you through the procedure.

Spark Plug Maintenance:
Spark plugs are essential for starting the engine’s cylinders’ fuel-air combination. For effective combustion, it is crucial to ensure their good operation. We will go through how to check and replace spark plugs as well as any problems’ warning flags that must not be disregarded.

Maintenance of the Cooling System:
The cooling system controls engine temperature and guards against overheating. To protect the engine from excessive heat and potential damage, we’ll go through the value of routine coolant checks, flushing, and maintenance.

Professional Servicing and Diagnostic Tools:
While routine maintenance tasks are frequently doable by owners, it is strongly advised to seek professional servicing at accredited Kia service locations. These facilities have knowledgeable specialists with access to cutting-edge diagnostic equipment and in-depth knowledge of the Kia Soul 2023. We will go over the advantages of expert maintenance, such as specialized knowledge, authentic OEM components, and thorough inspections.

Warranty Considerations:
It’s critical for Kia Soul 2023 owners to comprehend the warranty coverage for engine upkeep and services. An review of Kia’s warranty policies will be given, along with information on normal coverage, suggested service intervals, and the significance of following manufacturer recommendations to preserve warranty validity.

Keeping up with your Kia Soul 2023’s engine is a responsibility that should not be ignored. Owners can make sure their Kia Soul’s engine runs at peak efficiency and is dependable for many years to come by according to the advised maintenance schedules and executing necessary activities like oil changes, air filter replacements, spark plug maintenance, and cooling system inspections.

Engine Compartment

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The actual engine cover in the vehicle may differ from the illustration.

  1. Engine coolant reservoir
  2. Engine oil filler cap
  3. Brake/clutch fluid reservoir
  4. Air cleaner
  5. Fuse box
  6. Negative battery terminal
  7. Positive battery terminal
  8. Engine oil dipstick
  9. Radiator cap
  10. Windshield washer fluid reservoir

Maintenance Services
You should exercise the utmost care to prevent damage to your vehicle and injury to yourself whenever performing any maintenance or inspection procedures.
Should you have any doubts concerning the inspection or servicing of your vehicle, have an authorized Kia dealer perform this work.
An authorized Kia dealer has factory-trained technicians and genuine Kia parts to service your vehicle properly. For expert advice and quality service, see an authorized Kia dealer.
Inadequate, incomplete or insufficient servicing may result in operational problems with your vehicle that could lead to vehicle damage, an accident, or personal injury.

Owner’s Responsibility

Maintenance Service and Record Retention are the owner’s responsibility. You should retain documents that show proper maintenance has been performed on your vehicle in accordance with the scheduled maintenance service charts shown on the following pages. You need this information to establish your compliance with the servicing and maintenance requirements of your vehicle warranties.
Detailed warranty information is provided in your Warranty & Consumer Information manual.

Repairs and adjustments required as a result of improper maintenance or a lack of required maintenance are not covered. Have your vehicle maintained and repaired by an authorized Kia dealer. An authorized Kia dealer meets Kia’s high service quality standards and receives technical support from Kia in order to provide you with a high level of service satisfaction.

NHTSA Safety Corrosion Alert
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a general warning to all vehicle owners of all brands regarding the risks associated with vehicle underbody corrosion. From your initial purchase, take the following steps to prevent unsafe corrosion damage to your vehicle:

  1. Wash the undercarriage of your vehicle regularly during the winter and whenever your vehicle has been exposed to such salts or chemicals.
  2. Do a thorough washing of the under-carriage at the end of the winter.
  3. Use professional service technicians or governmental inspection stations to annually inspect for corrosion.
  4. Immediately seek an inspection of your vehicle if you become visually aware of corrosion flaking or scaling or if you become aware of a change in vehicle performance, such as soft or spongy brakes, fluids leaking, impairment of directional control, suspension noises, or rattling metal straps.
  5. NHTSA further advises that after a vehicle is 7 years old, it is essential that you take these indicated maintenance steps to ensure that you protect yourself from unsafe corrosion conditions.

Owner Maintenance Precautions
Improper or incomplete service may result in problems. This section gives instructions only for the maintenance items that are easy to perform.
As explained earlier in this section, several procedures can be done only by an authorized Kia dealer with special tools.

Improper owner maintenance during the warranty period may affect warranty coverage. For details, read the separate Warranty & Consumer Information manual provided with the vehicle. If you’re unsure about any servicing or maintenance procedure, have it done by an authorized Kia dealer?

Maintenance Work
Do not wear jewelry or loose clothing while working under the hood of your vehicle with the engine running. These items can become entangled in moving parts, if you must run the engine while working under the hood, make certain that you remove all jewelry (especially rings, bracelets, watches, and necklaces) and all neckties, scarves, and similar loose clothing before getting near cool-ing fans.

Touching Metal Parts
Do not touch metal parts (including strut bars) while the vehicle is operating or hot. Doing so could result in serious bodily injury. Turn the vehicle off and wait until the metal parts cool down to perform maintenance work on the vehicle.

Owner Maintenance
The following lists are vehicle checks and inspections that should be performed by the owner or an authorized Kia dealer at the frequencies indicated to help ensure safe, dependable operation of your vehicle.
Any adverse conditions should be brought to the attention of your dealer as soon as possible.
These Owner Maintenance Checks are generally not covered by warranties and you may be charged for labor, parts, and lubricants used.

Owner Maintenance Schedule
When you stop for fuel:

  1. Check the coolant level in the coolant reservoir.
  2. Check the windshield washer fluid level.
  3. Look for low or under-inflated tires.
  4. Check if the front of the radiator and condenser are clean and not blocked with leaves, dirt or insects etc. If any of the above parts are extremely dirty or you are not sure of their condition, take your vehicle to an authorized Kia dealer.


Hot Coolant
Kia Soul 2023 Engine Maintenance and Services 01Be careful when checking your engine coolant level when the engine is hot. Scalding hot cool-ant and steam may blow out under pressure.

While Operating Your Vehicle:

  1. Note any changes in the sound of the exhaust or any smell of exhaust fumes in the vehicle.
  2. Check for vibrations in the steering wheel. Notice any increased steering effort or looseness in the steering wheel, or change in its straight-ahead position.
  3. Notice if your vehicle constantly turns slightly or “pulls” to one side when traveling on a smooth, level road.
  4. When stopping, listen and check for unusual sounds, pulling to one side, increased brake pedal travel, or “hard-to-push” brake pedal.
  5. If any slipping or changes in the operation of your transmission occurs, take your vehicle to an authorized Kia dealer.
  6. Check the automatic transmission P (Park) function.
  7. Check the parking brake.
  8. Check for fluid leaks under your vehicle (water dripping from the air conditioning system during or after use is normal).

At least Monthly:

  1. Check the coolant level in the coolant reservoir.
  2. Check the operation of all exterior lights, including the stoplights, turn signals, and hazard warning flashers.
  3. Check the inflation pressures of all tires including the spare for tires that are worn, show uneven wear, or are damaged.
  4. Check for loose wheel lug nuts.

At Least Once Every 6 Months:

  1. Check the radiator, heater, and air conditioning hoses for leaks or damage.
  2. Check the windshield washer spray and wiper operation. Clean the wiper blades with a clean cloth dampened with washer fluid.
  3. Check the headlight alignment.
  4. Check the muffler, exhaust pipes, shields, and clamps.
  5. Check the lap/shoulder belts for wear and function.

At Least Once a Year:

  1. Clean the body and door drain holes.
  2. Lubricate the door hinges and check the hood hinges.
  3. Lubricate the door and hood locks and latches.
  4. Lubricate the door rubber weather- strips.
  5. Check the air conditioning system.
  6. Inspect and lubricate automatic transmission linkage and controls.
  7. Clean the battery and terminals.
  8. Check the brake fluid level.
  9. Visually inspect steering, suspension, and chassis components for damaged, loose, or missing parts or signs of wear.

Scheduled Maintenance Service
Follow the Normal Maintenance Schedule if the vehicle is usually operated where none of the following conditions apply.
If any of the following conditions apply, follow the Maintenance Under Severe Usage Conditions.

  1. Repeated driving short distances of less than 5 miles (8 km) in normal temperature or less than 10 miles (16 km) in freezing temperature.
  2. Extensive engine idling or low-speed driving for long distances.
  3. Driving on rough, dusty, muddy, unpaved, graveled or salt-spread roads.
  4. Driving in areas using salt or other corrosive materials or in very cold weather.
  5. Driving in heavy dust conditions.
  6. Driving in heavy traffic areas.
  7. Driving on uphill, downhill, or mountain roads repeatedly.
  8. Used for towing or camping and driving with loading on the roof.
  9. Driving as a patrol car, taxi, or other commercial use of vehicle towing.
  10. Frequently driving under high speed or rapid acceleration/deceleration.
  11. Frequently driving in stop-and-go conditions.

If your vehicle is operated in any of the prior listed conditions, you should inspect, replace or refill more frequently, using the severe usage maintenance schedule instead of the normal usage maintenance schedule.

After 10 years or 100,000 miles (150,000 km), we recommend using a severe maintenance schedule.


  1. How often should I change the oil in my Kia Soul 2023?
    Your Kia Soul 2023 should have its oil changed every 7,500 to 10,000 miles, or as the oil change sign on the car indicates.
  2. What type of oil should I use for my Kia Soul 2023?
    For the Kia Soul 2023, Kia suggests using a synthetic blend or complete synthetic oil with a viscosity of 5W-20.
  3. How often should I replace the air filter in my Kia Soul 2023?
    Your Kia Soul 2023’s air filter needs to be changed every 30,000 miles or as directed by the vehicle’s maintenance plan.
  4. When should I replace the spark plugs in my Kia Soul 2023?
    Your Kia Soul 2023’s spark plugs should be changed every 60,000 miles or as instructed by the manufacturer.
  5. How often should I rotate the tires on my Kia Soul 2023?
    Your Kia Soul 2023 should have its tires rotated every 7,500 to 10,000 miles, or as specified by the maintenance plan.
  6. What is the recommended tire pressure for my Kia Soul 2023?
    The owner’s handbook or a sticker normally found inside the driver-side door jamb of the Kia Soul 2023 lists the recommended tire pressure. For the best performance and safety, it is critical to adhere to the recommended pressure.
  7. How often should I check the brake fluid in my Kia Soul 2023?
    It’s a good idea to check the brake fluid level in your Kia Soul 2023 each time you change the oil, or as the manufacturer may advise.
  8. When should I replace the brake pads in my Kia Soul 2023?
    our Kia Soul 2023’s brake pads should be checked frequently, and replacement is usually necessary when the pad thickness reaches about 3mm or as the manufacturer advises.
  9. How often should I flush the coolant in my Kia Soul 2023?
    According to the manufacturer’s recommendations, your Kia Soul 2023’s coolant should be cleansed and replenished every 60,000 to 100,000 miles.
  10. How often should I replace the cabin air filter in my Kia Soul 2023?
    According to the Kia Soul 2023’s maintenance schedule, the cabin air filter needs to be changed every 15,000 to 30,000 miles.
  11. Do I need to use Kia-branded parts for maintenance and repairs?
    While using genuine Kia components or parts of comparable quality is not required, it is often advised to ensure correct fit and performance.
  12. How often should I have the battery checked in my Kia Soul 2023?
    To make sure it is in good shape, it is a good idea to have the battery in your Kia Soul 2023 tested annually or as the manufacturer may advise.
  13. What is the recommended interval for replacing the timing belt in my Kia Soul 2023?
    Under normal running conditions, the Kia Soul 2023’s timing belt does not need to be replaced on a regular basis because it has a maintenance-free construction.
  14. How often should I have the transmission fluid changed in my Kia Soul 2023?
    Your Kia Soul 2023’s gearbox fluid should be changed every 60,000 to 100,000 miles, or as instructed by the manufacturer.
  15. Can I perform basic maintenance tasks on my Kia Soul 2023 myself?
    Yes, you can conduct a number of basic maintenance activities on your Kia Soul 2023, like checking and topping off fluid levels, changing out the lights, and checking the belts and hoses. However, it is advised to refer to the owner’s manual or seek expert assistance for more difficult procedures.

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