What Kind of Oil Does a Hyundai Elantra Take?

March 31st, 2021 by

Adding oil to engine
 
Keeping up with regular oil changes is an important part of your Hyundai Elantra maintenance. When you do not change the oil based on the recommended intervals, it could lead to costly damage down the road. For most modern vehicles, an oil change is recommended every 7,500 – 10,000 miles in Tuscumbia.

Your owner’s manual may have more specific recommendations from the manufacturer. If your Elantra is in need of an oil change, you may be asking, “What kind of oil does a Hyundai Elantra take?” We’ve listed the Hyundai Elantra recommended oil types for you below, and we have also provided a guide on how to perform an oil change at home. Remember, you can always leave regular oil changes to the highly-skilled technicians at Greenway Hyundai of the Shoals.
 

 

Hyundai Elantra Recommended Oil

Wondering what Hyundai Elantra oil type is needed for your vehicle? Is conventional oil acceptable, or does the Elantra need synthetic oil? Conventional oil is unrefined crude oil, and it is found in most Muscle Shoals cars. This type of oil should be changed every 3,000 – 5,000 miles, however the up-front cost of conventional oil is less than synthetic.

Synthetic oil costs more up front, but it is the preferred Hyundai Elantra oil type. Synthetic oil is a smart investment because it has been refined. Additives help the oil last longer and work better in high-performance engines. When you use synthetic oil, it can last up to 10,000 miles, so your Elantra will require an oil change less frequently.
As for the Hyundai Elantra recommended oil type, select from these grades in conventional or synthetic oil:

  • 5W-20
  • 5W-30

Why is the oil grade important? 5W-20 or 5W-30 denotes the density your Hyundai Elantra needs in the winter and the summer for the oil to sit comfortably between the engine parts. You do not want to choose an oil that is too thin to properly protect the engine parts or too thick to fit between them.

Checking oil level on dipstick

How To Change Hyundai Elantra Oil

Now that you know what Hyundai Elantra oil you need, you are ready to perform an oil change. Once again, if you are not comfortable with changing the oil on your own, you can always leave this task to our service center. We also offer rotating service specials to make this task even more convenient and affordable. If you prefer a DIY oil change, follow the steps below.

  1. Select 5W-20 or 5W-30 synthetic or conventional oil.
  2. Find the proper oil filter. Because there are numerous oil filters that work with the Hyundai Elantra, we recommend asking one of our experts to help you find the perfect Hyundai Elantra oil filter for your particular model. You can find exactly what you need at our parts department.
  3. Jack the vehicle up with a car jack or steel ramps.
  4. Secure your Elantra with jack stands or wheel blocks.
  5. Locate the oil drain plug on the bottom of your oil pan underneath your engine, and place an oil basin right below the plug.
  6. Unscrew the plug and allow the old oil to drain out completely. This process could take up to 15 minutes. Replace the plug when all of the old oil has been drained.
  7. Find your oil filter underneath your engine and move the oil basil or tub underneath it.
  8. Remove the oil filter with an oil filter wrench. When you remove the oil filter, additional oil may drain out.
  9. Rub a bit of the new car oil around the rubber seal of the new filter. Do not skip this step! Thisensures that the filter is watertight.
  10. Properly put the new filter in place and tighten it first by hand before using an oil filter wrench.
  11. Add the specified amount of new oil. This should be about 4.2 quarts for the Hyundai Elantra. Consult your owner’s manual for an exact number.
  12. Replace the cap to your oil well.
  13. Check the oil level with a dipstick. If the level is correct, you are ready to hit the roads of Decatur.

Keep Up with Elantra Maintenance at Greenway Hyundai of the Shoals

You now know the answer to the question, “What kind of oil does a Hyundai Elantra take?” You may also now realize that you need to replace your Hyundai Elantra oil. If you do not want to perform your own oil change, set up an appointment with Greenway Hyundai of the Shoals. Contact us today for more information.


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