Hyundai Oil Change in Springfield

 


Your Hyundai's engine is complex, with many parts working together, and all of this needs to be lubricated for smooth operation. Motor oil provides that lubrication and more: it also removes potentially harmful excess heat and carries away small bits of debris, which are then trapped in the oil filter. Over time, though, oil thins out, oxidizes, collects water and gases, and becomes contaminated with particles - all factors that cause it to lose function. At that point, it's necessary to have your engine's oil and oil filter replaced to protect its components from damage. With regular oil changes, you will notice improved fuel economy and better performance in general.

 

            Schedule Your Oil Change

Oil Change Intervals

The old rule of thumb said that oil changes should take place every 3,000 miles, but with today's vehicles, that interval has gone up to 5,000 miles and higher. Your Hyundai may be equipped with an oil life monitor (OLM), which will count down the number of miles until the next recommended oil change, displaying a reminder for your convenience. Whether or not your vehicle has an OLM, you should use the manufacturer-recommended interval specified for your model, and adjust it as needed according to your driving conditions. That means you should take it in for oil changes a bit more frequently if your vehicle has high miles or you do a lot of short drives (especially in cold weather), commute in stop-and-go traffic, tow a trailer, live in a dusty area, or don't do much highway driving.

As far as which oil to use, you can choose conventional or synthetic. These days, synthetic is the gold standard as it offers better viscosity (allowing it to flow better even when it's cold), superior resistance to oxidation, and a longer lifespan than conventional oil. Even if you simply want added protection for your engine, synthetic is the way to go.

 

Checking the Oil Level Yourself

Gone are the days of "service" stations, where an attendant would pump your gas for you, wash your windshield, and ask if you'd like your oil checked. You should get into the habit of checking your Hyundai's oil level yourself every couple of months, especially if the vehicle is older. Your fuel stop is a good time to do it because the oil will be warm and the vehicle will be on a flat surface. To check the oil, pop the hood and remove the dipstick from the oil reservoir. Wipe it off with a rag or paper towel and place it back in the reservoir. Wait a few seconds, then remove the dipstick again. If you see that the oil level is below the two lines, add a quart.

This procedure only helps for checking the oil level, not its condition - although you can generally tell when oil is no longer fresh. When the oil has life remaining, it will look like dark amber honey and be free of any obvious particles. When you can see that the oil is gunky or dark, schedule a change as soon as possible. If oil changes are neglected for too long, the engine may suffer damage.

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