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Hyundai Santa Fe 2.4L Engine Oil Change Guide
How to change the motor oil and filter on the 2.4L I4 engine in a 3rd generation 2013 to 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe.

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2014 Santa Fe 2.4L I4
Oil Filler Cap
Twist Off Counterclockwise
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the third generation (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and perhaps also the face lifted 2017 model year) Hyundai Santa Fe in changing the motor oil and replacing the oil filter on the Theta II 2.4 liter inline four cylinder GDI engine.

Owners of other Hyundai or Kia vehicles such as the Optima, Cadenza, K900, Sorento, Sportage, Sedona, Soul, Elantra, Veloster, Sonata, Azera, Tucson, Forte, Genesis, Cerato, Spectra, Accent, Sephia, i20, i30, ix35, i40 and Equus may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The items needed to complete this procedure include a floor jack, two jack stands, a 17mm socket with a 3/8" drive ratcheting wrench, a used oil catch container, an automotive funnel, 6 quarts of new SAE 5W-20 oil and a Lisle 63600 oil filter wrench (optional).

A few compatible replacement oil filters with their part numbers are as follows: Hyundai 26300-35503, Purolator PL14459, Fram XG9688, Denso 150-2043 and Wix 51334.

Lift Up Oil Dip Stick
Raise Front of SUV
Service Access Covers
The first steps are to warm up the engine for a few minutes, park the vehicle on a level surface and turn off the engine.

Warming up the engine 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.

Next, open the hood, twist off the oil filler cap in the counterclockwise direction and pull up the red plastic handled dipstick an inch or two.

Removing the oil filler cap and pulling up the dipstick will help prevent a vacuum from forming and also allow the old oil to drain out more quickly.

Raise the front passenger side of the SUV with the floor jack and securely support it with at least two jack stands.

Slide under the engine bay and locate the plastic access covers for the oil drain bolt and the oil filter.

Plastic Oil Filter Cap
Drain Bolt Access Panel
Squeeze Together Tabs
Push in the tabs on the covers to release the retaining clips before pulling them straight out.
Remove Drain Bolt Cover
Push In Release Tabs
Filter Cover Removed
Set the two service access covers aside in a safe place.
17mm Socket
Oil Pan & Drain Bolt
Loosen Counterclockwise
Slide the used oil catch container to just below the oil drain bolt.

Loosen the oil drain bolt by turning it counterclockwise with a 17mm socket and a 3/8" drive ratchet.

Drain Out Old Oil
Replace Oil Drain Bolt
Re-Insert Plastic Cover
 Be careful when you remove the oil drain bolt since the old oil may still be hot enough to burn your skin depending on how long you warmed up the engine.

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 if necessary.

A new crush washer can be purchased at the parts counter of any Kia or Hyundai dealership. Crush washers can usually be re-used a few times before needing to be replaced.

Re-insert the oil drain bolt and tighten in the clockwise direction to just past hand tight or about 20 to 25 ft-lbs of torque.

Snap In To Place
Slide Forward Catch Basin
Oil Filter Location
Double check that the oil drain bolt is tight before moving on to the next steps.

Replace the drain bolt access cover.

Slide the used oil catch container forward to just below the old oil filter.


Twist Off Counterclockwise
Dip Finger In New Oil
Lubricate Rubber O-Ring

Twist off the old oil filter in the counterclockwise direction.

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

Attach the oil filter wrench to a short 3/8" extension bar and a ratcheting wrench.

Rotate the wrench counterclockwise to loosen the oil filter.

Allow the old oil to drain from the oil filter receptacle for a few minutes.

I recommend buying either the OEM Hyundai 26300-35503 or the Purolator PL14459 oil filters since they have excellent reviews on Amazon.

Dip your pinky finger in to some new oil and lubricate the rubber o-ring gasket on the new oil filter.

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

Twist On New Oil Filter
Line Up Access Cover
Pop In Retaining Clips

Make sure that the rubber o-ring gasket from the old oil filter is not still attached to the engine.

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

Double check that new oil filter is tight before moving on to the next steps.

Re-insert the filter access cap.

Lower Car From Stands
Insert Automotive Funnel
Pour In New 5W-20 Oil

Carefully lower the vehicle from the jack stands by using the floor jack.

Insert an automotive funnel in to the oil filler hole.

Start by pouring in only about 3.5 to 4 U.S. quarts.

It is far better to have slightly less oil than necessary in an engine than to overfill it. Running an engine that has been overfilled with oil may lead to damaged gaskets, seals or other components which could result in oil leaks.

The total oil capacity for this 2014 Santa Fe with the Theta II 2.4L GDI I4 engine is 5.28 U.S. quarts or 5.0 liters.

(Please check your owner's manual to verify the oil capacity for your vehicle.)

Replace Oil Filler Cap
Check Dipstick Oil Level
Oil Change Complete

Temporarily replace the oil filler cap by twisting it on in the clockwise direction.

Push down the dipstick.

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

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

If necessary, slowly pour in more oil and check the dipstick again until the oil level reaches at or just below the "Full" level marked by the upper dimple on the end of the dipstick.

You may not need to pour in the entire oil capacity specification in order to reach the upper dot at the end of the dipstick which indicates the "Full" or "Maximum" level.

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

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

I'd recommend checking your driveway or garage during the next few days for drops of oil which may indicate a loose oil drain bolt or filter.

For more, check out all of my 2013-2016 Hyundai Santa Fe DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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