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Spicy Red Optima SX, Mazda6 Wagon
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Oil changes on the Optima are quite easy, and much simpler with ramps instead of jack+jack stands to elevate the front end. The engine shroud does not have to be removed.

Check out a Fumoto oil drain valve if you're doing your own oil changes. The Optima takes the "106" size that is readily available from Amazon, and the N option adds a nipple so that the oil can be drained directly into bottle for recycling. I use a piece of 7/16" hose. Oil filter changes will be cleaner with a cut-down 2 liter pop bottle under the filter to catch what drains off the filter.

There are several excellent threads over on the other Kia Optima forum about oils, ramps, oil changes and Fumoto oil drain valves.
 
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