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2004 Kia Optima EX 4dr Sedan Auto

2004 Kia Optima
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Front Wheel Drive, 4dr Sedan, Compact
22 mpg city / 30 mpg hwy
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April 9, 2013, 9:26 pm

Jesse A

Question: fill up oil tank with good oil even if it has sludge ?

I recently was given a 2007 kia optima that ran fine. Engine light was on but never had money to go get it checked. I finally had money to go get some maintenance on it and was shocked. The lube n tube place would not change my oil. They said from the looks of the dip stick it had metal shavings (which I did not see) had lots of sludge and was two quarts low. They said for liability issues they could not Change the oil. They recommend me going to the dealership....and see what they recommend..perhaps an engine flush. I checked with the dealership and they said a motor flush (600 $)could help but may not fix the problem entirely. I do not have that kind of money on me. But I do need to use the vehicle. I do plan to do the motor flush just not for at least another few weeks for lack of funds. My question is should I fill up the oil ? Put in the two quarts it is missing or will this do more harm then good cause of all the sludge ? Thank you for an answers or help.

April 14, 2013, 10:14 am

Richard W
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Put the oil in. Also I would not get a oil flush for $600. That is a rip off. So top off the oil. Then go to a different oil stop have them change the oil. Then in one 300 miles change the oil again. Then I would drive the car for another 500 miles and look at the oil. If it's really black have it changed. At this point you will have three oil changes on your car. Check the oil aain in 500 miles. If it's black again just cange it. But at that point just run it every 3000 miles. But make sure you change it every 3000 miles.

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April 14, 2013, 10:36 am

Jesse A

Thank you Richard for your help. I plan to do three oil changes and hopefully the oil gets clearer with time.

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