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DIY Hyundai Oil Change & Filter Replacement Guide

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Follow Hyundai recommended maintenance by performing regular oil and filter changes.  In this DIY tutorial, you will learn how to change the engine oil on most Hyundai vehicles. We have provided step by step instructions with pictures and video clips to help beginners and advanced DIYers change the engine oil and filter on their Hyundai. Note that this is a complete guide that covers all Hyundai models. Guides for specific Hyundai models may also be available. 

How often should I change the oil on my Hyundai? 

  • 2010 and older vehicles should change the oil every 5,000 miles.
  • 2010 and newer Hyundai vehicles should change the engine oil every 7,500 miles. 

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DIY Hyundai Oil Change Instructions

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

Tools Needed: 

  • Metric Socket Set
  • Oil Drain Pan

Oil Filter Wrench

Parts Needed: 


Hyundai Oil Filter


  1. Get ready to change Hyundai engine oil
    Park your Hyundai on level ground and let it cool down. Next open the hood. how to change engine oil on hyundai
  2. Raise your vehicle
    Raise the front of your Hyundai and place jack stands under the vehicle to secure it.how to change hyundai oil yourselfA better and safer way to raise your Hyundai would be to use car ramps. Place wheel chocks at the rear wheels to stop your Hyundai from rolling backward. 
  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 Hyundai filter and oil drain plug
    Remove the undercarriage from underneath the Hyundai engine.hyundai santa fe oil changeThis is held inplace with several 10 mm bolts.hyundai accent engine oil change guideThere are also a few plastic screws that you need to remove.diy 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 intervalNow you can see the engine oil filter and drain plug. hyundai engine oil filter location
  5. Drain Oil
    Place a drain oil pan under the engine. Remove the oil drain plug.hyundai engine oil type and viscosityLet the oil drain for at least five minutes. diy hyundai oil change
  6. Install Oil Drain Plug
    Reinstall the oil drain plug. If you have a replacement washer make sure to install it. Even though the Hyundai dealer recommended to change the oil drain plug at every oil change, note that you can reuse the same oil drain plug gasket a couple of times without having any oil leaks. Tighten the oil drain plug to 30 lb-ft. how much does it cost to change hyundai engine oil
  7. Replace Engine Oil Filter
    • Locate the engine filter on your Hyundai
    • 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. how to change your hyundai oil
  8. Add engine oil 
    Remove the engine oil cap.hyundai  sonata oil changeUse a funnel to add the new oil.hyundai 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. 
  9. 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
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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. The best way to confirm the oil change interval for your Hyundai engine is to check the owner's manual. 

During the engine break-in interval, your Hyundai dealer may replace the engine oil every 4000 miles or so. This is necessary only when you first purchase your Hyundai. The new engine may cause excessive wear during the first few thousand miles. 

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Hyundai Oil Capacity

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 

The recommended oil as per Hyundai is Quaker State. You can switch to other synthetic oil brands such as Mobil1 and Valvoline without any problem. 

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Hyundai Engine Oil Filter Location

hyundai oil change capacityThe oil filter is located next to the engine block. It needs to be accessed from underneath the engine. The oil is round and typically yellow or white as shown in the following picture. 

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Hyundai Engine Oil Type & Viscosity

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. hyundai oil filter location

Most Hyundai vehicles use either 5W20 or 5W30 oil type. hyundai engine oil capacity lookup chart table

Make sure to keep all the receipts when you purchase the oil and filter for your Hyundai. The dealer may require them if there is any warranty disputes. 

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