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Oil Change, How Often?

I remember looking in the manual and seeing several different mileage points. I just went back to the manual online and cant even find that page. I know my search fu is bad. I thought the oil change was every 7500 miles but had the first one done at about 3300 miles at the dealer and the sticker they put in shows 4500 miles as the interval.

So how long do I go between changes?

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Per the manual (starts on Page 7-7), the standard oil change interval is 7,500 miles. There are all sort of reasons that they suggest the interval be cut in half, but realistically very few vehicles should encounter a real need for this.

That said, I was considering having my first change done around 3750 miles, mainly because the break-in period on an engine can cause excess oil wear. However, when I pulled my oil dipstick to check the level last week, I found that the oil was clean and looking very good. I think I may pass on the early oil change now.

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Thanks, I knew I had seen it. 7500 it is then.
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Jglopic This is just me but I always thought the oil that comes with a brand new car should be changed right away. I just think it is probably a cheaper quality oil. I have almost 1,100 miles now and I think I'm going to convert to synthetic Mobil 1 when I get a chance. I would love to drive 10k miles on the Synthetic but I don't know if the Warranty requirements allow that. It would be a shame to pay extra for synthetic and still have to change it every 7500.
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I'm not positive, but based upon the info in the owner's manual and on the car, I am guessing that the stock fill of oil is Quaker State. Most car brands these days partner with a brand of oil for the stock fill, and it is essentially the same stuff you would get anywhere else.

The YF forum has had lots of threads on oil, and several people have run synthetic to around 10k miles. However, I have also heard that Hyundai can be a pain about verifying maintenance, especially after 50k miles on the car.

And pretty much any major label traditional oil will not have problems with 7500 miles these days. If you want to prevent warranty battles, I would stick to 7500 miles with a quality brand. Seems like a small price to pay to keep away from arguments.

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I always have used synthetic and because of that I have always changed the oil myself. I changed it myself because it was almost double the price to have somebody else change it. The problem was I didn't have a good way of documenting my own oil changes. I knew it would probably be a problem down the road. If I keep regular oil like you do then I would save a ton of money and not have to change it myself anymore!! Although I don't know how many places out there I can trust to change my oil...I guess the dealer would be good but they are 35 miles from me. I would say the gas money would not be worth it but I have a HSH lol
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I always have used synthetic and because of that I have always changed the oil myself. I changed it myself because it was almost double the price to have somebody else change it. The problem was I didn't have a good way of documenting my own oil changes. ...
I think that if you have the time and the facilities, changing your own oil is a reasonable move. When all I drove was trucks, I did almost all my own oil changes since getting under the vehicle was a breeze. With the HSH, I suspect I will not do any of my own since the car is so low to the ground and I no longer have ramps or even a decent jack.

That said, if you want to change your own oil, I would recommend keeping a simple log of oil changes including receipts for supplies. A simple yet defensable solution would be to get a cheap composition notebook (a buck or two at WalMart). For each oil change, note the date, odometer reading, and tape in the receipt(s) for oil and filter. Hyundai would have a hard time denying maintenance had been done if you had a record like this.

Also note that Hyundai uses a crush washer on the oil drain plug. This washer is not meant for multiple uses, so it really should be replaced at every oil change. I think if you buy the OE filter from the dealer, the box includes the crush washer. If not, I am sure they would be inexpensive to purchase separately.

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If I just have my mechanic change the oil, will he know about this "crush washer" thing? My dealer is 45 minutes or so away and I would rather just have it done at home.
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If I just have my mechanic change the oil, will he know about this "crush washer" thing? My dealer is 45 minutes or so away and I would rather just have it done at home.
Any good mechanic should't have any problems with this. I suspect Jiffy Lube and other quick lube places likewise have proper procedures for Hyundais. Of course, if the guy turning the wrench anywhere is lazy, you get an oil leak.

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Here we go another oil thread....

I change every 5000 miles on the clock with generic dino oil at the dealership or the local shop.
All modern SAE oils are good enough for the type of driving we do in these cars. You can safely go 7500 miles, I just do it at 5000 because it's a round, convenient number.

If you put synthetic, you should be fine for at least 10K miles. Changing synthetic every 7500 miles or less is a waste. Unfortunately the user manual does not make provisions for long oil-change intervals with full synthetic, that's why I stick to dino oil @ 5000 to be within the requirements of the maintenance schedule.

As for the first oil change - I would not rush to drain it too soon. Break-in does not put more wear on the oil - it's the oil filter that captures all the metal shavings. Some manufacturers (like Honda) used to put break-in oil, rich in molybden, and you were supposed to keep it in for the first 5000 miles. Nowadays nobody says anything about the first oil, so it may be spacial it may not, but there isn't a good reason to drain it too soon.

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