How to Change Oil on Hyundai Accent

How to Change Oil on Hyunda Accent

Changing the oil and filter on your Hyundai Accent is really easy so if you have never done it before I can help you learn.  Follow along to learn how to change the oil and filter on your Hyundai Accent…

How to Change Oil on Hyundai Accent

Vehicle:

Parts Needed:

Tools Needed:

Step 1: Drive your Hyundai up on the ramps.

I first should say that although it pretty easy to put your vehicle up on ramps, you could damage your car if you are not careful.  Take your time and be careful.  First slide the ramps right up to the tires and align them up with the direction the tires are pointing (hopefully pointed straight forward):

Hyunda Accent Wheels Lined Up WIth Ramp copy
Center the ramps in front of each wheel and wedge them tightly against the tire

Then drive your Accent up onto the ramps.  If you stick your head out your driver’s side window you can see where you are at and so you don’t drive off the end of the ramp:

View out Window--About to drive up ramp
View out Window–About to drive up ramp

If you try to turn your wheels while you are in contact with the ramp the ramp will turn with you wheels so if you need to start over just start over (don’t try turning your wheels).

View out Window-At Top of Ramp
View out Window-At Top of Ramp

Step 2: Position the oil catch pan under the oil plug.

The oil pan is on the passenger’s side of the vehicle to the right of the exhaust pipe as seen below:

Position the pan under the oil plug
Position the pan under the oil plug

One thing to note is that the oil will shoot out the back of the oil drain hole and will land 5-6 inches towards the back of the vehicle.

Step 3: Remove the oil plug.

The oil plug is on the back edge of the oil pan and has a 17mm bolt head on it:

Removing the oil plug
Removing the oil plug

I would suggest breaking the bolt free with the socket and ratchet and then loosing the bolt the rest of the way with your fingers so you can keep track of the drain plug–remember that you turn it counter-clockwise to loosen it.  Another thing I want to mention is to keep the socket square on the nut head so you do not accidentally round it with the socket.

Hand Loosening Oil Plug-Hyundai Accent
Finish removing the bolt with your fingers
Oil Draining Out
Oil draining out

Step 4: Remove the dip stick and oil fill cap.

The oil will drain out better if you take out the dip stick and remove the oil fill cap so air can come in as the oil drains out.  Turn the oil fill cap counter-clockwise to unscrew it:

Location of dipstick and oil fill cap
Location of dipstick and oil fill cap
Dipstick and oil fill cap both removed to allow all the oil to drain out
Dipstick and oil fill cap both removed to allow all the oil to drain out

Step 5: Remove the oil filter.

The oil filter is located on the front side of the oil pan as seen below.  Your filter may be any color (black, blue, red…):

Location of the oil filter
Location of the oil filter

Once the oil is only dripping from the drain hole you can move the drain pain over under the filter.  You possibly can remove the filter by hand but I’ve found that often it is very handy to have a filter wrench.  Oil filter wrenches either loosen or tighten based on which side you put on the filter first.  When you go to loosen or tighten the filter, the wrench will tighten around the filter.  If it does not do what you want when you turn it the direction need to go, simply flip the wrench around and then it will work.  Turn the filter counter-clockwise to loosen it:

Removing the oil filter with a filter wrench
Removing the oil filter with a filter wrench

I would get the oil filter broken free with the filter wrench and then remove it the rest of the way by hand.  One thing to note is that oil will begin leaking out before the filter is completely removed so keep yourself clear from the oil:

Removing Filter By Hand
Remove the filter by hand and watch for leaking oil
The filter has been removed
The filter is now freed from the vehicle
The Oil Filter Removed
The oil filter removed

Once the filter is free you can just set it in the oil pan if yours has a nice grate on it like mine:

Oil Filter and Plug in Pan Grating
My oil pan has a handy grating where you can put the dirty filter and plug in

Step 6: Install the new oil filter.

Step 6a: IMPORTANT: You must apply a thin layer of oil onto the rubber seal of the new filter before installing!

Dip your finger into some of the used oil you just drained off and smear a layer of oil on the new oil filter o-ring:

Apply oil to new filter o-ring
Apply a thin layer of oil to the rubber o-ring on the new filter

Step 6b: Put the oil filter on by hand.

I just hand tighten my filters about as tight as I can and that is plenty good enough.

Turn the filter clockwise to tighten
Turn the filter clockwise to tighten

Step 7: Reinstall the oil plug.

Start the oil plug bolt by hand so you make sure that you do not cross the threads and then tighten with a 17mm socket and ratchet.  You don’t need to torque it down very tight because you could strip the threads.

Start the oil plug by hand
Start the oil plug by hand
Tightening the oil plug with a socket ratchet
Tightening the oil plug with a socket ratchet

Step 8: Fill the engine with oil.

The Hyundai Accent 1.6L engine takes 3.49 quarts of oil if you change the filter, which I would always prescribe:

Lubrication Chart from the Service Manual
Lubrication Chart from the Service Manual

What I do is first pour in 3 whole quarts:

Pouring the fresh oil in
Pouring the fresh oil in

And then mark the 4th bottle at 16 ounces, which is a half quart:

16 Ounces of Oil Marked
16 Ounces of Oil Marked

And then pour half the quart of oil in, watching for the oil level to get down to my 16-ounce mark.

Step 9: Reinstall the oil fill cap and the dipstick.

Location of dipstick and oil fill cap
Location of dipstick and oil fill cap

Step 10: Check your Oil.

Now you should run your car for a few minutes, let it set for 5 minutes, and then check the oil (the car must be on a level surface to get a good reading).  One thing to note is that fresh oil is difficult to see because it has not gotten dirty and is clear.  An easy way to “see” how much oil is on the dipstick is to take the dipstick and lay it on a clean paper towel, carefully keeping the dipstick parallel to the oil mark on the towel, and the level will be easily visible, Full:

Using a paper towel to "see" the oil level
Using a paper towel to “see” the oil level

Changing your own oil is an easy thing to do and it gives you a chance to look your vehicle over with your own eyes, which can help you to notice things that need attention.

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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

    • Thank you for sharing. Recently I’ve been doing some of my oil changes and I simply log them in the maintenance table I created that mimics the one in the owner’s manual. Because I keep such good records of all the service I do on my vehicles I don’t think anyone would have a problem if I handed them a table that I filled out showing the dates and mileage of the oil changes I performed. That is what I would recommend you do and it doesn’t have to be fancy–you could do it on a sheet of paper by hand.

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