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#1 Old 02-22-2012, 04:57 PM
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Does anyone know how often the oil needs/should be changed on my 2012 Elantra? My manual states 12,000 kms or 6 months, however, the dealership is saying 6,000 kms. This is obviously a HUGE difference and I am wondering which is correct?
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Here is the U.S. the manual states 3,750 miles for "severe" driving conditions, 7,500 otherwise.

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Okay, the section in the manual where I read about changing the oil didn't mention anything about severe conditions (which I would assume Canada would fall under especially in winter). Thanks!
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Okay, the section in the manual where I read about changing the oil didn't mention anything about severe conditions (which I would assume Canada would fall under especially in winter). Thanks!
You're mixing up severe "weather" conditions with severe "oil" conditions. These are a few examples of severe oil conditions taken from another website: "frequent short trips (especially during cold weather), stop-and-go driving, driving in dusty conditions (gravel roads, etc.), and high-temperature conditions". If your driving habits fall under one or more of the above on a regular then change your oil more frequently.
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Oil changing is the #1 most important maintenance that can be performed on your car. My general rule is every 3 months or 5000km (6000 max), whichever comes first.
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Too often is much bettah than not often enough. I ignore all the advice and change mine as close to 3,000 miles as possible. Got 3,200 with a nice weekend coming up, so an oil/filter change may be on the weekend to do list.
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I did my first oil change at 2500 then 6500 then 11.5 next will be at 19. Always full synthetic and factory filters. Last oil change was Pennzoil Ultra and my driving has recently included more highway so for those reasons im stretching it to the max recommendation.

If there is a doubt then 4 months or 5k miles should work for any situation.

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I do 5k intervals on all my cars with regular oil.

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Oil changes are a HIGHLY debated topic on all forums. Unfortunately you won't find a consensus, but you won't hurt anything by changing it on an earlier schedule. Car manufactures are starting to recommend longer and longer service intervals.... while people providing the services (dealerships, shops, etc.) stick recommending shorter intervals for obvious reasons (money).

Personally I've always done the first oil change on a new car between 1-2k miles with standard oil. Then switch to synthetic another 3-4k miles later. After that regular service intervals between 4-6k miles. The key to remember is... use a quality oil and filter.

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Oil changes are important, but they really don't deserve any more attention than what is already spelled out in your owner's manual by the people who built your car. Engines these days are pretty bullet-proof; with only minimal care they generally outlast transmissions and other major components.

I use synthetic oil for the cold winter starts, but conventional oil is fine too. With my low mileage I change it twice a year - spring and fall - and do it myself to save time. And yeah... always use a Hyundai filter.
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