What Kind of Oil Does a Hyundai Elantra Take?

2021 Hyundai Elantra

Changing your new Hyundai Elantra oil is an important part of maintaining your vehicle. Not changing the oil in your vehicle can result in damage to your engine, overheating, or seized parts that can lead to costly repairs. That’s why it’s important to know the recommended Hyundai Elantra oil type. 

It’s recommended that you change the oil of most vehicles every 7,500-10,000 miles in Waterford, but the exact interval can be found in your owner’s manual. Once it’s time to change the oil in your Hyundai Elantra, you may be wondering what kind of oil does a Hyundai Elantra take? We’ve listed the Hyundai Elantra recommended oil types for you below, as well as a guide to how to change your oil. If you’d rather someone change it for you, stop by Old Saybrook Hyundai and our service center will change your Elantra model’s oil for you. 

Hyundai Elantra Recommended Oil

There are two options for Madison drivers choosing their Hyundai Elantra oil type: conventional and synthetic. Conventional oil is the more common form of oil used by Branford cars, and is unrefined. It breaks down more quickly, and so needs to be changed every 3,000-5,000 miles. However, it is cheaper. 

Synthetic oil is more expensive, but is the Hyundai Elantra recommended oil. Synthetic oil is refined, and has additives that lengthen the life of the oil as well as improve its performance in comparison to conventional oil. It can last up to 10,000 miles before needing to be changed.

For the Hyundai Elantra oil type, choose either of these grades in conventional or synthetic oil:

  • 5W-20
  • 5W-30

Why these oils in particular? The density of oil determines how the oil sits between the engine’s parts. 5W-20 or 5W-30 oil has the appropriate density for your Hyundai Elantra. If you were to get a 0W-15 or a 10W-40 oil, the oil would be too thin to properly protect the engine parts or would be too thick to fit between them. 

How To Change Hyundai Elantra Oil

If you would rather someone else change your oil because you’re in a hurry or don’t want to get dirty, you should schedule service at our Old Saybrook service center. We’ll change your oil for you. Don’t forget to check our service specials either, which can save you money. If you would rather change the oil yourself, follow these steps: 

  1. Buy either the 5W-20 or the 5W-30 in synthetic or conventional oil. 
  2. Buy an oil filter. There are many types of oil filters that work with the Hyundai Elantra. We recommend asking an associate for help finding an OEM Hyundai Elantra oil filter. You can get the oil and the filter at any auto parts store in Branford or from the Old Saybrook Hyundai parts department.
  3. Jack your Elantra up with a car jack or steel ramps.
  4. Secure your Elantra with jack stands or wheel blocks.
  5. Crawl under the front of your car using a dolly or on your own.
  6. Find the oil drain plug on the bottom of your oil pan underneath your engine. You can use your vehicle owner’s manual to find its exact location under your car. 
  7. Place an oil basin or a large tub directly underneath the plug, unscrew the plug and allow the old oil to drain out completely – this may take up to 15 minutes. When all the oil has drained, replace the plug. 
  8. Locate your oil filter underneath your engine and move the oil basil or tub underneath it.
  9. Remove the oil filter with an oil filter wrench. Expect a bit of extra oil to drain out when you remove the filter.
  10. Get your new filter and rub a bit of the new car oil around the rubber seal – this is an essential step to ensure your filter is watertight and is easy to remove in the future. 
  11. Set the new filter in place, then tighten it first by hand and then with the oil filter wrench. 
  12. With your old oil drained and a new filter in place, you can come out from under your Elantra.
  13. Go to your engine and remove the cap to your oil well. Pour in the specified amount of new oil. This should be about 4.2 quarts for the Hyundai Elantra, but you can find the exact amount in your owner’s manual.
  14. Replace the cap to your oil well.
  15. Check the oil level by using the dipstick. If you’re still low, add another ounce and check the level again. Once you get a proper oil level reading, you’re good to go!

Come to Old Saybrook Hyundai and Have Your Elantra Inspected!

We hope that now that you know the answer to “what kind of oil does a Hyundai Elantra take?” and you know how to change the oil in your Hyundai Elantra. If you still have questions, contact us and our certified service technicians will help you with all your Hyundai Elantra service needs.


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