I have about 2500 miles on my 3 months old Sonata (4 cyl).
I would like to change oil myself. I will probably use the genuine filter
from the dealership. I noticed the oil filter is in the front underneath the
engine which seems very convenient, once drained the oil there is no danger
of spilling it.
How do I lift the front? Where do I place the jack?
I have also a Camry V6 2003 and there is a metal bar underneath the engine
that can support the weight of the car. Is there anything similar in the
Any advice you could give would be appreciated.
Indeed, if you can get over the fact that these are not the "spin-on"
filters we have gotten used to over the years, you will like how convenient
these cartridge oil filters are. You also have to get used to the fact
that, at least for the time being, they will probably be a little more
expensive, until more of these types are made.
As for getting the car up, for a job like this, ALWAYS use ramps or a hoist.
You only need jacks and jack-stands for jobs where you have to take the
wheel(s) off. One would hope interference wouldn't require that. Ramps are
relatively inexpensive and available just about anywhere, if you don't
already have them.
Interference is usually much more a problem for spin-on oil filters, then
for the oil pan and drain plug. It should be no problem on this one.
Hope this helps.
That's right Matt, I just purchased the filter from the dealership, opened
up the box expecting to find a weird looking filter, found instead a blue
one that had the thread, the rubber gasket and a little Hyundai sign
embossed on a metal part inside the filter. Paid $7.44 for it before taxes.
Dealer's posted oil change price was $29.75, but somebody asked me "do you
have an appointment?" (!)
I wouldn't recommend using a jack. If you do use a jack, be sure to
place jack stands under the car once you have it lifted to working
height. Most new cars don't really have good places to use a jack other
than the locations designed for a full vehicle lift or the jack that
comes with the car.
Personally, I use wheel ramps. They are relatively easy to use
(although not with a manual transmission Sonata - with its touchy
throttle and clutch and too tall first gear!), don't cost much, quite
safe as long as you set the parking brake and block the wheels and have
less chance of damaging the car. Unless of course, you drive up them
too fast and go over them with the front wheels! I've never done this,
but I've seen it done...
I'd suggest you invest in wheel ramps if you plan to do your own
You shouldn't need to jack up the car, but if you decide to, use a floor
jack placed just behind the center tow hook, then put jack stands under
the corner tow hooks. Don't use the jack that comes with the car, as
it's not designed to lift the entire front end.
What's a curb? We don't have many of them where I live. :-)
I guess I could drive to the city to change my oil... :-)
Someone said you can change the oil without raising a Sonata, but you'd
have to be a lot smaller and thinner than me to do it that way!
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