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GeoSoul said: "The steering was loose as a goose but ran forever. "

I once had a car like that....very loose steering. Then a mechanic friend of mine showed me how to adjust the depth of gear mesh in the steering box, and once I did that little adjustment the steering was GREAT! Of course, I did check the ball joints and tie rod ends, which were good.
The front end is one more thing that gets very little attention till something just comes apart.
I see those quite often, sitting along side the road, with the two front wheels pointing in opposite directions! lol
I really do love the Electronic Steering in the KIA Soul. Really GREAT steering and very low maintenance.

I hope yous guys all had a very good Father's Day.

Happy Independence Day!
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At the moment, I'm using Castrol Edge Titanium. Pennzoil Ultra Platinum and Valvoline Modern Engine Oil would also be excellent choices. They all have very good Noack and TEOST scores and should help reduce carbon buildup.

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A Supercharged Saturn Ion - how much horsepower?

I had a 1997 CRV that I installed a Jackson Racing Supercharger on. It was cool - made a nice whine and bumped my HP about 50%... from 125 HP to about 200 HP. The supercharger is to the rear of the engine - hard to see but it's there. I paid about $2500 for it back then and I also paid a mechanic $500 to help me install it. He was a Honda mechanic with a hopped up Civic hatchback. It ran pretty nice and required premium of course. I removed it when I sold the CRV and sold the JR Supercharger for about $2000 - so it was fun and no too bad on the wallet.
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At the moment, I'm using Castrol Edge Titanium. Pennzoil Ultra Platinum and Valvoline Modern Engine Oil would also be excellent choices. They all have very good Noack and TEOST scores and should help reduce carbon buildup.

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Lets include Mobil-1 EP and Valvoline Advanced.
 

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Lets include Mobil-1 EP and Valvoline Advanced.
I haven't researched them lately, but generally speaking, most companies' top-shelf products are fine if they meet the manufacturer specs. It's hard to go wrong with M-1, though.

I haven't used the Valvoline Advanced nor looked at recent test results, so I really can't speak from experience on it.

With GDI engines, it's all about volatility and deposit-forming tendency. All the high-end synthetic oils have good lubricity, VI, detergency, and so forth. With GDI engines (and even more so T/GDI engines), however, the carbon buildup is the major concern. That's why I emphasize Noack and TEOST values for GDI and T/GDI engines. Any top-shelf oil will lubricate well, so the "best" of those oils are the ones that will contribute least to carbon buildup.

I also tend to prefer oils that meet the European ACEA standard specified by the engine manufacturer. ACEA specs tend to be more detailed and somewhat stricter than the US SAE/API specs. Of course, for warranty purposes, the oil also has to meet the standards of the owner's nation of residence; but it would be a rare thing for an oil meeting the ACEA spec not to also be certified as meeting the US SAE/API specs.

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I work at a Kia Dealership and if you look at the top of your air filter it states Kia Recommends Total Quartz Oil and at our dealership we use what Kia requires for their car line.....and we use 5w30 semi synthetic Total oil........
funny how mine says 5w20 and was told by our dealership the oil is full synthetic, changed every 7500 miles .
 

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Ummm... not their synblend oil. One can get full syn (name brand for less).
Not fond of their 5w20 choice either. I prefer a smidge thicker viscosity (5w30).
No CAFE requirements during my backyard oil changes.

Their OEM filter grades above average. But I can get the same approx flow and trapping rates for $2 less.
 

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3rd change at 8150, going by the date not miles. Such an easy maintenance item to do. Castrol Edge 5w-30 and man was the oil dirty so for sure I'm on the extreme oil change schedule. 2700 miles and it was very BLACK!!! Next change I'm sending a sample to Blackstone.
 

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I know I must have answered this topic once before, but things do change.

Since my last oil change, my dealer has changed brands of Oil. They were using Havoline Blend and now are using Castrol GTX 5W20.
Next year, when I start doing my own oil changes, I'll still be using Castrol GTX, 5W20. (NO Synth.)

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The first oil change on my new to me Soul at 12,400 miles was Quaker State Full Synthetic 5w30 and an OEM filter.

My next change coming up soon at 15,400 miles will be Valvoline Extended Protection Full Synthetic 5w30 (got it on sale at Walmart for under $18 for 5 quarts) and an OEM filter.

I don’t know what brand I’ll stick with the most, but I don’t want to pay more than $20 for a 5 quart jug. I like Quaker State and it’s price and have used it for years in my old Hyundai’s without any issues.
 
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A Supercharged Saturn Ion - how much horsepower?

I had a 1997 CRV that I installed a Jackson Racing Supercharger on. It was cool - made a nice whine and bumped my HP about 50%... from 125 HP to about 200 HP. The supercharger is to the rear of the engine - hard to see but it's there. I paid about $2500 for it back then and I also paid a mechanic $500 to help me install it. He was a Honda mechanic with a hopped up Civic hatchback. It ran pretty nice and required premium of course. I removed it when I sold the CRV and sold the JR Supercharger for about $2000 - so it was fun and no too bad on the wallet. View attachment 134106
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Funny how many different Dealerships use different motor oil brands, guest it doesn't matter. I use Walmart brand full synthetic motor $17 for 5 quarts 5w-30 weight.
I think you're right.
You can spend a lot more but do you really get a lot more!!
 

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I use whatever cheap junk oil the service station puts in it. I certainly don't pay for synthetic since Kia insists that I get the oil changed every 6 months which is around 2500-3000 miles.
 

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I use whatever cheap junk oil the service station puts in it. I certainly don't pay for synthetic since Kia insists that I get the oil changed every 6 months which is around 2500-3000 miles.
I purchase 5 quart container of walmart brand synthetic motor oil $17. That comes to like $3.40 a quart, I'm not sure if you can find any oil cheaper that that?
 
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