2012 Kia Optima Oil Change

2012 Kia Optima Maintenance Schedule

What is the manufacturer-recommended maintenance schedule for a 2012 Kia Optima? Find maintenance info for your vehicle.

When to Change 2012 Kia Optima Engine Oil

Looking for oil change recommendations for your 2012 Kia Optima? Look no further than Firestone Complete Auto Care! We're experts in more than tires. Oil and lube services are also our specialties. We couldn’t put it better than our technician, Brianna. She likes to explain to customers that, “Oil is the blood of the engine. It’s the #1 thing you can do for your car.”

Kia recommends having your 2012 Kia Optima’s motor oil changed at regular intervals. Check the interval for your vehicle mileage in the table above. Your Optima may need an oil change right away if your check engine/oil change light is on, you hear knock knock knock coming from the engine, smell oil inside the vehicle, or notice excess vehicle exhaust. You may also need an oil change more frequently than Kia recommends if you haul heavy loads, drive in dusty areas, go off-roading a lot, or go at low speeds on long distance trips. Generally, getting more frequent oil changes won’t hurt your Kia Optima. In fact, more frequent oil changes give our technicians more opportunities to catch and alert you to any issues, like worn brake pads or a weak battery.

What’s the Right Type of Oil for 2012 Kia Optima?

Your local Firestone Complete Auto Care has the right 2012 Kia Optima motor oil: either synthetic or conventional. Kia has specifically identified either synthetic or conventional as the best oil for 2012 Kia Optima vehicles. Motor oil reduces friction between engine components, maintain proper engine temperature, and prevent harmful substances from accumulating in the engine. In an oil change service, one of our techs will change your Optima’s oil, replace and recycle the old oil and filter, check all of your other filters, top-off important fluids, and visually inspect the rest of the vehicle. You can drive easy knowing that we strive to do what's best for your vehicle and take into account your driving style, and odometer.

Types of Motor Oil for Kias

Wondering if we carry the right motor oil for your Kia? Your Optima engine deserves the very best, which is why we only stock the best! Consult Kia's recommendations to select the right  2012 Optima oil and talk with a teammate to learn more about our oil options: Quaker State® Advanced Durability™ conventional oil, Pennzoil® High Mileage Vehicle® motor oil, Pennzoil Platinum® Full Synthetic motor oil with PurePlus™ Technology, and Shell Rotella® heavy-duty engine oil. With so many motor oil brands in the market, why do we carry these brands? They are proven winners. For example, Quaker State was shown to provide 2x more protection than the industry standard when tested in taxi fleets across the country. [1] Pennzoil is another option. Pennzoil Synthetics are the most technologically advanced, fully formulated motor oils available and exceed current industry and manufacturer requirements. Then there's Shell Rotella heavy-duty engine oil. It's made for gasoline and diesel engines that need to withstand rugged conditions, and is fortified to deliver increased wear protection, heightened performance in extreme temperatures, and improved oxidation resistance. For help picking the correct motor oil for your 2012 Kia Optima, refer to Kia's recommendations first.

Where to Go for 2012 Kia Optima Oil Change

The next time your Kia Optima needs an oil change, you know where to turn. Your local Firestone Complete Auto Care has some of the best motor oil for Kia Optimas. We’ve got convenient appointment times to take care of you, with the right oil at the right price. Find out how much your Kia Optima oil change will cost by calling ahead. Get professional engine care by making an oil change appointment for your Optima today. Many stores are open late and on weekends for your convenience.

[1] ILSAC GF-5 represents the latest performance standard set by the International Lubricant Standardization and Approval Committee (ILSAC), a joint effort of U.S. and Japanese automobile manufacturers. Most automobile manufacturers are expected to recommend oils that meet ILSAC GF-5. API SN is the most recent service category issued by API’s Lubricants Group. Oils meeting API SN and the new “Resource Conserving” designation meet all ILSAC GF-5 performance requirements.

Oil Change Q&A for Your 2012 Kia Optima

  • Should I check my Kia Optima motor oil level? Motor oil lubricates important engine parts. If your oil runs low, these components can grind against each other, generate excess heat, and eventually lead to Kia Optima engine failure. That’s why you’re better off checking your oil levels and investing in routine lube services.
  • How hard is it to change Kia Optima oil at home? Changing your own oil isn't as convenient as you might think. You’ll have to buy special tools and figure out a way to recycle the old oil properly. Getting a professional oil change reduces the risk of something going wrong during the service, but also with your vehicle down the road.
  • Why is my Kia Optima spewing blue or gray exhaust smoke? You could have an oil leak and have a case of burning oil. It may be time for a pro to take a look. The leak could be caused by several issues like leaking valve seals, blown piston rings, or old cylinder walls.

Get an Oil Change for Your Kia Optima

Help your 2012 Kia Optima run newer, longer with routine oil changes. Schedule your oil change appointment today.