Elantra Oil Capacity (again)

Discussion in 'Hyundai Elantra / Lantra' started by dkortz, Apr 30, 2005.

  1. dkortz

    dkortz Guest

    From reading through this group I know the issue of the true oil change
    capacity of the Elantra is less than stated in the manual. (I recently
    did the first oil change on my '05 GT and, using the manual as a guide,
    overfilled it by dumping in 4+ qts.) Anyway I was wondering if anyone
    has ever had any word from Hyundai on whether the manual is wrong, or
    possibly, is the dipstick wrong, IOW, is it really supposed to take
    4.25 US Qts? It just baffles me that this could have been wrong in the
    manual for so long (it seems this problem dates back several model
    years) and they haven't corrected it. Right now my oil level is
    registering about 1/4 inch over full and I decided to just leave it, as
    it didn't seem to have any negative effect on the engine - no evidence
    of foaming, etc, but is that too overfilled? On my Jetta there were
    warnings that it could damage the catalytic converter if overfilled. I
    was also questioning the viscocity chart in the manual as opposed to
    the webtech chart - it seems the manual says go with 5/30, but the
    webtech site recommends 10/40 if the temps are warmer (I live in
    northern NY and used 5/30 for this change, but am wondering about next
    time when the temps will probably (hopefully) be in the 70-80 range)
    dkortz, Apr 30, 2005
  2. You should always check the dipstick as you add the new oil. Once you
    reach the full line, start the car, let it run for ~30 seconds, then
    shut it off and let the oil drain back into the crankcase for a few
    minutes. Check the oil level, then top it off if necessary.
    That may be what it takes to fill a dry engine. You'll never get all the
    oil out of an engine once it's been filled, but there shouldn't be a
    large disparity.
    I can't say for sure, but if it was my car, I'd drain some of it out.
    5W-30 should be fine at those temps. That's what I run year round and it
    will sometimes get into the 90's here.
    Brian Nystrom, Apr 30, 2005
  3. dkortz

    hyundaitech Guest

    Don't sweat the additional oil. It's not enough to make a difference.
    hyundaitech, Apr 30, 2005
  4. dkortz

    Michael Guest

    My 2002 says the same thing BUT it is wrong !!

    They amended that to 3.25, I have free oil changes for life but I asked
    the service guy and he said the info in the shop had been updated...

    Good luck
    Michael, Apr 30, 2005
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