In this guide, you will find instructions on how to change the engine oil on Hyundai vehicles with a four-cylinder engine such as Santa Fe, Sonata, Accent, Elantra, Veloster, etc. 

The video clips and pictures in this guide are from a 2015 Hyundai Elantra. 

What you will need

Follow these steps to change the engine oil on your Hyundai.


  1. Drive the car up on-ramps. Secure it with jack stands. Place wheel chocks behind the rear tires.
  2. Open the hood by pulling the hood release under the hood. how to change engine oil on hyundai Watch the video if you need help with this step.
  3. Secure your Hyundai. Engage the parking brake and make sure the gear selector is moved into Park position. hyundai tucson oil capacity
  4. Access the Hyundai filter and oil drain plug. Remove the undercarriage from underneath the Hyundai engine. The plastic on the bottom is held in place with plastic screws. hyundai santa fe oil change
  5. Remove all 10 mm bolts for the splash accent engine oil change guide
  6. Remove plastic screws. There are also a few plastic screws that you need to oil change hyundai elantraOnce you get them unscrewed a few turns, simply pull them out. diy hyundai oil change instructionsOnce all the screws are removed the cover can be removed. recommeneded hyundai oil change interval
  7. Access oil filter. Now you can see the engine oil filter and drain plug. In the following picture oil filter is yellow. hyundai engine oil filter location
  8. Drain engine oil.  Place a drain oil pan under the engine. Remove the oil drain engine oil type and viscosityLet the oil drain for at least five minutes. diy hyundai oil change
  9. Install Oil Drain Plug Reinstall the oil drain plug. If you have a replacement washer make sure to install it. Tighten the oil drain plug to 30 lb-ft. how much does it cost to change hyundai engine oil
  10. Replace Engine Oil Filter Remove the oil filter using an oil filter wrench. You can remove the oil filter by turning in counterclockwise. Clean the surface where the oil filter will be installed. Apply a thin film of clean oil on the gasket of the new oil filter. Screw the new oil filter in and tighten it by hand until the gasket contacts the engine block. Tighten the new oil filter to 8.5-10 lb-ft. Most people can tighten the filter to 9 lb-ft by hand.
  11. Add engine oil Remove the engine oil  sonata oil change
  12. Use a funnel to add engine oil and filter changeIf your Hyundai requires 4.5 liters/quarts, start by adding 4 quarts. Wait a few minutes and check the engine oil level.
  13. Re-check engine oil level Lower your vehicle from the jack or your ramp. Next, start the engine and let it run for a minute. Turn off the engine and let the car sit for a few minutes. Re-check the engine oil level make sit it is within the required MIN and MAX marks of the dipstick. hyundai elantra oil change

Oil Change Interval

Every Hyundai engine is different.

According to Hyundai, 2010 and newer models (Hyundai Elantra, Sonata, Santa Fe, Accent) have a recommended oil change interval of 7,500 miles. Pre-2010 Hyundai models require oil changes every 3,000 to 5,000 miles.

That assumes that you are using synthetic oil and a quality oil filter.

If you switch to conventional engine oil make sure to change the engine oil on your Hyundai every 3000 miles even for 2010 and newer models.

We encourage you to check the recommended oil change interval in your owner's manual. 

Oil Capacity

hyundai engine oil capacity lookup chart table

Hyundai engine oil capacity with filter.

  • Accent
    • 1.6L - 3.5 QUARTS
  • Azera
    • 3.3L 6 Cylinder Engine - 5.5 quarts
    • 3. 8l 6 Cylinder Engine - 5.5 quarts
  • Elantra
    • 2.0L 4 Cylinder Engine - 4.2 quarts
    • 1.8L 4 Cylinder Engine - 4.2 quarts
  • Genesis
    • 3.8L 6 Cylinder Engine - 5.5 quarts
    • 4.6L 8 Cylinder Engine - 6.9 quarts
  • Santa Fe
    • 2.4L 4 Cylinder Engine - 4.9 quarts
    • 3.5L 6 Cylinder Engine - 5.5 quarts
  • Sonata
    • 2.4L 4 Cylinder Engine - 4.5 quarts
    • 3.3L 6 Cylinder Engine - 5.5 quarts
  • Tucson
    • 2.4L 4 Cyliner Engine - 4.8 quarts
  • Verazruz
    • 3.8L 6 Cylinder Engine - 5.5 quarts

Verify Hyundai oil capacities on your owner's manual.

Recommended Hyundai Oil

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The recommended oil as per Hyundai is Quaker State. The recommended oil viscosity should be printed on the oil cap located on top of the engine. 

If you don't see it there, look it up in the owner's manual. You will see a chart that shows the recommended oil viscosity.

Most Hyundai vehicles use either 5W20 or 5W30 oil type.

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