How to Change the Oil on Hyundai Cars

by Contributing Writer; Updated June 12, 2017

The engine oil in a Hyundai car acts to lubricate the internal components of the engine to prevent them from seizing. This is because engine oil breaks down over time due to the heat generated inside the engine. While the oil does help to control the friction of the internal components--and thus the heat--it is unavoidable that some heat will be generated and that this heat will work to degrade the oil.

Under The Hood:

 How to Change the Oil on a Hyundai Sonata 3.3L

Place the jack under the front end of the vehicle under the frame. Jack up the car enough to slide the jack stands under each side behind the wheels. Lower the car onto the stands. This will prevent the car from falling on you and prevent injury if the jack fails.

Slide underneath your Sonata and locate the oil pan in the front center area. Place the drain pan under the oil pan and unscrew the plug. Allow all of the old oil to drain into the pan. Wipe off any excess oil and replace the pan plug.

Unscrew the oil filter located on the side of the engine with the oil filter wrench. Place the old filter open side down into the drain pan as well. Wipe off any oil from the filter port and screw in the new oil filter. Use the filter wrench to secure it snugly in place. It should be tight enough that it cannot be loosened by hand.

Slide out from under your vehicle and jack up the car enough to pull the jack stands out from under each side. Release the jack and lower the car back to the ground. Open the driver's side door and pull the hood latch.

Open your hood and locate the "Engine Oil" cap near the front of the engine next to the dipstick. Unscrew the cap and insert the funnel in to the port. This will prevent spilling oil all over your engine. Pour in the new oil then replace the "Engine Oil" cap tightly.

Start your Sonata and check to make sure there are no oil leaks. Turn off the engine. Pull out the dipstick and wipe it off with the rag. Reinsert it and pull it out again and check the oil level on the end. It should reach the "Full" mark. If it does not, add more oil and recheck.

Items you will need

  • Jack

  • Jack stands

  • Drain pan

  • Oil filter wrench

  • HP-1004 oil filter

  • Shop rag

  • Funnel

  • Six quarts of 10W30 oil

 How to Change Oil in a 2007 Santa Fe

Run the Santa Fe's engine to warm the engine oil and then turn off the car. Open the Hyundai Santa Fe's hood and remove the cap from the oil pour valve. The oil pour valve says "Engine Oil" on the cap. Raise the front end of the Santa Fe with the jack and rest the Santa Fe's front end on the jack stands.

Position the oil drain pan underneath the oil pan's drain plug. Remove the oil pan's drain plug with the ratchet set. Drain the engine oil into the oil drain pan. Replace the oil pan's drain plug to the bottom of the Santa Fe's oil pan and tighten it with the ratchet. Connect the oil filter tool to the oil filter and twist the filter off of the engine.

Fill the new oil filter with new engine oil. Twist the new oil filter onto the bottom of the Santa Fe's engine. Remove the oil drain pan from under the engine block. Lower the Santa Fe down to the ground.

Pour 5 quarts of fresh engine oil into the oil pour valve. Replace the oil pour valve cap. Start the engine. Let the Santa Fe run for 5 minutes.

Items you will need

  • Jack

  • Jack stands

  • Drain pan

  • Ratchet set

  • Oil filter tool

  • New oil filter

  • New engine oil

 How to Change the Oil on a 2000 Hyundai Elantra

Raise the front of the car using the floor jack. Place jack stands under the subframe and lower the car so it rests on the stands. Place the drain pan under the oil filter housing located on the driver's side, under and just to the outside of the alternator.

Remove the oil filter with the oil filter wrench by turning it counterclockwise. Make sure that the rubber gasket did not stick to the housing. If the gasket stuck to the housing, remove the old gasket from the housing.

Place a small amount of oil on the rubber gasket on the top of the new filter and thread the filter clockwise on the housing. Tighten it by hand,3/4-turn after initial resistance. Move the drain pan under the drain plug on the oil pan. Remove the drain plug with a wrench and allow the oil to drain for 10 minutes.

Replace the oil drain plug by threading it on clockwise by hand. Tighten it with a wrench the rest of the way, but only until it is snug. The pan is thin and there are only two or three threads. Overtightening it will strip the threads out of the pan.

Pull the drain pan out from under the car and lower the car. Remove the oil filler cap and fill the engine with 4.3 quarts of oil. Replace the cap. Record the mileage at which the oil was changed and add 3,000 miles for the next oil change.

Items you will need

  • Floor jack

  • Jack stands

  • Drain pan

  • 5 quarts of 5W30 weight motor oil

  • Oil filter

  • Oil filter wrench

  • Set of wrenches

 How Do I Change Oil in a Hyundai?

Run your Hyundai for at least 10 minutes so that the oil becomes warm. Turn off the car.

Place a drip pan underneath the oil pan located under the engine block.

Unscrew the oil drain plug and allow the oil to completely drain from the engine block.

Wipe the excess oil from the oil pan's hole with a shop rag. Place a new oil drain plug gasket onto the oil drain plug and screw in the plug.

Unfasten the oil filter (located beneath the vehicle near the oil pan) with a band wrench and allow the excess oil to pour into the drip pan. Put a thin coating of oil on the edge of the new oil filter and screw it into place, tightening it with the band wrench.

Locate the Hyundai's oil fill cap on top of the engine block, remove it and insert an oil funnel. Pour the required amount of oil into the funnel according to the owner's manual. Remove the funnel and replace the oil fill cap.

Start the Hyundai and let it run for 15 minutes. Check the oil level by pulling the oil dipstick from its sheath, wiping it clean, replacing it then rechecking it. Top off the oil as necessary.

Items you will need

  • SAE 5W-30 motor oil

  • Drain pan

  • Shop rag

  • Ratchet and socket set

  • Band wrench

  • Replacement oil filter

  • Oil drain plug gasket

  • Oil funnel

 How to Change the Oil in a Hyundai Tucson

Jack up the front of the Tucson using the floor jack. Place the jack underneath the front jack point and lift the vehicle off the ground.

Place a jack stand under each of the front pinch welds and lower the Tucson onto the stands.

Climb under the vehicle and place the oil catch pan under the oil pan.

Remove the oil drain bolt from the oil pan and allow the oil to drain out.

Remove the oil filter. The filter is located directly above the oil pan and is screwed into the engine block. Turn the filter counterclockwise to remove.

Replace the oil drain bolt when all the oil has been drained.

Place a small amount of fresh engine oil on the rubber seal of the new oil filter. Install the new oil filter. Tighten the oil filter hand-tight only.

Open the engine oil filler cap on the top of the engine and pour in four quarts of fresh oil. Check the oil level by pulling out the dipstick, wiping it off, reinserting it and pulling it out again. The oil level should be between the upper and lower marks on the tip of the dipstick. If it is not, you may need to add additional oil until it is between these marks. Tighten the oil filler cap when you are done.

Pull the oil catch pan out from under the Tucson and lower the vehicle to the ground.

Items you will need

  • Jack and jack stands Fresh engine oil New oil filter Oil catch pan Socket wrench and socket set Floor jack

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