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Hyundai Accent 1.6L I4 Engine Oil Change Guide
How to change the motor oil & filter in a 4th generation 2011 to 2015 Hyundai Accent with the Gamma GDI 1.6L I4 engine.

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2013 Accent 1.6L I4 Engine
Twist Off Oil Filler Cap
Pull Up Oil Dipstick
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the fourth generation (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015) Hyundai Accent in changing the motor oil and replacing the oil filter on the Gamma GDI 1.6 liter inline four cylinder engine.

Owners of other Hyundai or Kia vehicles such as the Tucson, Elantra, Sonata, Azera, Veloster, Tiburon, Genesis, Lavita, Veracruz, Santa Fe, ix20, i20, ix35, Fluidic Verna, Equus, Cadenza, Forte, Optima, Rio, Soul, Sedona, Sorento, Spectra and Sportage may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The items needed to complete this procedure include a floor jack, two jack stands, a used oil catch container, a 17mm socket with a 3/8" drive ratchet, 4 quarts of new SAE 5W-20 oil and a new oil filter.


A few compatible replacement oil filters with their part numbers are as follows: Purolator L14459, Wix 51334, Bosch 3312, K&N HP-1004, Fram PH9688, Mobil 1 M1-104, Royal Purple 10-2808, Mahle OC 707, ACDelco PF1127, Hastings LF565, Mann-Filter ML 1002, Pennzoil PZ-37, Ecogard X4612, Pentius PLB3593A and Hyundai 26300-35503
Raise Front of Vehicle
Black Metal Oil Pan
Oil Drain Bolt Location
The first steps are to warm up the engine for a few minutes, park the vehicle on a level surface and then turn off the engine.

Warming up the engine to near operating temperature will help suspend any contaminants within the old oil and also allow it to drain out more quickly.

Then engage the emergency / parking brake and chock both sides of the rear wheels to prevent the vehicle from moving.

Raise the front of the vehicle and securely support it with two jack stands.

I prefer to work on one side of the vehicle at a time to keep three wheels on the ground for extra safety.

The black metal oil pan is located near the front passenger area of the engine. The oil filter is located just in front of the oil pan.

Oil Filter Location
Used Oil Catch Basin
Loosen 17mm Oil Drain Bolt
Slide the used oil catch container to just below the oil drain bolt.

Be careful when you remove the oil drain bolt since the old oil may be hot enough to burn your skin depending on how long you allowed the engine to warm up.

Loosen the oil drain bolt by turning it counterclockwise with the 17mm socket and ratcheting wrench.

Drain Out Old Oil
Tighten Drain Bolt Clockwise
Spin Off Old Oil Filter
Allow the old oil to drain out for at least a few minutes or until the flow slows to an occasional drip.

If the oil drain bolt is equipped with a crush washer, inspect it and replace it with a new one if necessary. New crush washers can be purchased at your dealership parts counter or at an auto parts store.

Spin in the oil drain bolt by hand a few turns in the counterclockwise direction to prevent it from becoming cross threaded.

Tighten the oil drain bolt by turning it in the clockwise direction with the 17mm socket and ratcheting wrench to just past hand tight or about 30 ft-lbs of torque if you have a torque wrench.

Spin off the old oil filter in the counterclockwise direction.

If you have trouble turning the old oil filter, you may need to use an oil filter wrench such as the Lisle # 63600.


Dip Finger In New Oil
Lubricate Rubber O-Ring
Spin On New Oil Filter
Dip your pinky finger in to some new SAE 5W-20 oil and lubricate the rubber o-ring gasket on the new oil filter.

Lubricating the o-ring on the new oil filter will help it form a better seal, prevent oil leaks and also make it easier to remove during the next oil change.

Twist on the new oil filter in the clockwise direction to about 1/4 to 1/3 turn past hand tight.

Double check that the oil drain bolt and the new oil filter are tight before moving on to the next steps.

Lower Car From Stands
Insert Automotive Funnel
Pour In New SAE 5W-20
Carefully lower the car from the jack stands using the floor jack.

Insert an automotive funnel in to the oil filler hole.

It is far better to have slightly less oil than necessary in an engine than to have too much. Running an engine that has been overfilled may cause damage to seals, gaskets, or other components.

The Hyundai Gamma GDI 1.6L I4 engine's total capacity for an oil change with filter replacement is 3.8 U.S. quarts or 3.6 liters.

Only pour in about 3 to 3.5 quarts of new SAE 5W-20 oil in to the engine.

Twist On Oil Filler Cap
Check Dipstick Oil Level
Replace Oil Dipstick
Temporarily replace the oil filler cap and push down the oil dipstick.

Start the engine and allow it to run for a few minutes, turn off the engine, and allow the oil to drain back down to the pan for at least 5 to 10 minutes.

Pull out the yellow handled dipstick, wipe it clean, re-insert it and pull it out again to check the oil level.

If necessary, slow in pour in more oil and repeatedly check the level on the dipstick until it reaches just at or below the upper metal dot on the dipstick that indicates the "Full" or "Maximum" line.

You may not need to pour in the entire 3.8 U.S. quarts of new oil to reach the "Full" line depending on how long you allowed the old oil to drain out.

Once the oil is at the correct level, replace the dipstick and tighten the oil filler cap in the clockwise direction.

Be sure to record the oil change in your vehicle's service records.

It would be a good idea to check your parking spot, garage or driveway for drops of fresh oil which may indicate a leak from the drain bolt or the new filter.

For more, check out my other Hyundai Accent DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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