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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?

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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?
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.

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2.) What oil weight should I buy?
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).

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3.) What oil filter should I buy?
OEM. Hyundai/Kia 26300-35503 spin-on canister.

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4.) Where is the oil pan drain plug located?
Back side of oil pan towards the crankshaft pulley end.

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5.) Where is the oil filter located?
Opposite side from the plug near the crankshaft pulley.
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Do as Ken99 has said and you can't go wrong. I have a 2005 Cerato [ mechanically the same as your car], if you can get the car up a little off the ground you can remove and replace the filter without having to remove the splash tray under the car, just don't burn yourself on the exhaust , it runs close by the filter. If your can run the car onto some wooden blocks around 3-4 inches thick it gives you enough height to work ok. The amount of oil is 4Litres with filter in metric I usually add 3.5L start the car briefly to fill the filter, wait a little while for things to settle, and then add the rest slowly and keep checking the dipstick as I go to make sure I don't overfill.

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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 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.

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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.
+1 on the Ramps. It is nice to be safe and have some room to work.
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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.
My 06 spectra I only used 4qts. My sportage with the same engine only uses 4qts also.

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