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The owners manual contains VERY LITTLE information on simple service like an oil change... I normally do my own oil changes on my vehicles... I have not even crawled under this car yet so I have a few basic questions with regards to doing my own oil change...
1.) What is the oil capacity of the engine and oil filter?
|2.) What oil weight should I buy?|
|3.) What oil filter should I buy?|
|4.) Where is the oil pan drain plug located?|
|5.) Where is the oil filter located?|
If your can run the car onto some wooden blocks around 3-4 inches thick it gives you enough height to work ok.
Anyone that does DIY oil changes or other maintenance and minor repair needs a pair of these:
Amazon.com: Blitz Rhino Ramp 8000: Automotive
Yes, I know these are not handy for wheel-related work, jacks and stands are needed for that. Who knows? maybe Amazon delivers in Oz land...or is that Aus Land? Now I really do sound like an ugly American.
Drain and fill is listed as 4.23 US quarts. You going to crack open a 5th bottle regardless, so I would pour in 4-1/4 quarts, start the car to load the new filter, shut it off and check the dipstick. Add as needed. Last time I think it was close to 4-1/2 quarts with new filter.
5W-20, 5W-30 and 10W-30 are all specified as acceptable viscosities. Unless you are driving under extreme conditions, I would stick with the grade that came in the engine new, 5W-20. Use an API certified brand, grade SJ, SL or higher (they are pretty much all currently grade SM).
OEM. Hyundai/Kia 26300-35503 spin-on canister.
Back side of oil pan towards the crankshaft pulley end.
Opposite side from the plug near the crankshaft pulley.
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