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Hyundai Veloster Engine Oil Change Guide
How to change the motor oil in a 1st generation 2012 to 2017 Hyundai Veloster with the Gamma GDI 1.6L I4 engine.

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2017 Veloster 1.6L I4
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Raise Front of Car
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Plastic Under Engine Cover

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the first generation (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017) Hyundai Veloster 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 Elantra, Sonata, Azera, Santa Fe, Tucson, Accent, Ioniq, Genesis, Tiburon, ix20, i20, i30, i40, Veracruz, Optima, Cadenza, K900, Soul, Niro, Sportage, Sorento, Sedona, Rio, Forte and Spectra may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A few compatible replacement oil filters with their part numbers are as follows: Mobil 1 M1-104, Bosch 3312, Fram HM9688, Hyundai 26300-35503, Pennzoil HPZ-37, Ecogard X4612, Purolator PL14459, Wix 51334, K&N PS-1004, ACDelco PF1127 and Hastings LF565.

The tools needed to complete this procedure include a small flathead screwdriver, a 10mm socket with a 1/4" drive ratchet, a 17mm socket, a 3/8" drive ratchet, a used oil catch container, an automotive funnel and a Lisle 63600 oil filter wrench.

The Gamma GDI 1.6L I4 engine requires 3.8 U.S. quarts (3.6L) of new SAE 5W-20 oil for an oil change with filter replacement.

(The Turbo GDI 1.6L I4 engine requires 4.8 U.S. qts or 4.5 liters of SAE 5W-30.)

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Plastic Pop Rivet - Front
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Pry Out Center of Fastener
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Pull Out Pop Rivet
The first step is to warm up the engine for at least a few minutes. Warming up the engine will help suspend any contaminants within the old oil and also allow it to drain out more quickly.

The new three steps are to park the car on a level surface, turn off the engine and engage the emergency / parking brake.

Raise the front of the car with a floor jack and securely support it with at least two jack stands.

Place wheel chocks on both sides of the rear wheels to prevent the car from moving.

Slide under the front of the car with the small flathead screwdriver, a 10mm socket and a 1/4" drive ratchet.

There are two round black plastic pop rivet fasteners at the front edge of the under engine cover or "skid plate".

Gently pry out the center piece of the two pop rivets to release them before pulling out the base of the fastener.

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Remove 2nd Pop Rivet
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Loosen Counterclockwise
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First Bolt Removed
There are seven 10mm bolts that secure the under engine cover to the bottom of the car.

Loosen the bolts by turning them counterclockwise.

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Remove Other Bolts
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Loosen Counterclockwise
There are four 10mm bolts near the front of the under engine cover and another three near the rear edge of the cover.
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Rear 10mm Bolts
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Under Engine Cover Removed
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Slide Out Skid Plate
Set the seven 10mm bolts and the two plastic pop rivet fasteners aside in a safe place.

Gently lower the under engine cover and slide it out of the way.

(Don't be tempted to throw away the under engine "skid plate" to avoid the extra work for every oil change. The cover helps fuel economy (MPG) by reducing air turbulence (aerodynamics) and may guard the engine from debris or oil pan punctures when driving on rural dirt / gravel roads.)

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Oil Pan & Oil Filter Location
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Oil Drain Bolt Location
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Oil Filter Location
Once the skid plate is out of the way, you'll be able to easily see the black metal oil pan and the oil filter.
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Loosen Oil Filler Cap
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Lift Up Oil Dipstick Handle
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Used Oil Catch Basin
Move to the top of the engine bay and twist off the oil filler cap in the counterclockwise direction and lift up the yellow handle dipstick an inch or two.

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

Slide the used oil catch container to just below the oil drain bolt.



 

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Loosen Oil Drain Bolt
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Draining Out Old Oil
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Tighten Oil Drain Bolt
Loosen the oil drain bolt by turning it counterclockwise with the 17mm socket and a 3/8" drive ratchet or use a 17mm wrench.

Be careful when you remove the oil drain bolt. The old oil might still be hot enough to burn your fingers.

Spin out the oil drain bolt by hand and set it aside in a safe place.

Allow the old oil to drain out of the pan for at least 5 to 10 minutes or until the flow slows down to just an occasional drip.

If there is a crush washer or "gasket" on the oil drain bolt, inspect it and replace it if necessary. The genuine OEM oil drain bolt washer part number is Hyundai 21513-23001.

Clean the oil drain hole with a paper towel to remove any debris and make sure the old washer is not still stuck to the engine.

Spin in the oil drain bolt and tighten it in the clockwise direction with the 17mm socket and a 3/8" drive ratchet to just past hand tight or about 25.3 to 32.5 lb-ft of torque.

Double check that the oil drain bolt is tight before moving on to the next steps.

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Move Basin Forward
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Twist Off Old Oil Filter
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Lisle Oil Filter Wrench
Slide the used oil catch container forward to just below the oil filter.

Twist off the oil filter by twisting it in the counterclockwise direction.

If the old oil filter is too tight and you have trouble loosening it, I highly using recommend the Lisle 63600 oil filter wrench.

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Remove Old Oil Filter
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Dip Finger In New Oil
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Lubricate Rubber O-Ring
Allow the old oil to drain out of the oil filter receptacle for at least a few minutes.

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

Lubricating the rubber 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.

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Twist On New Oil Filter
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Position Engine Skid Plate
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Line Up Under Engine Cover
Make sure the rubber o-ring from the old filter is not still attached to the engine.

Twist on the new oil filter in the clockwise direction to about 1/3 to 1/2 turn past hand tight.

Try to avoid over tightening the new oil filter which may damage the rubber gasket and lead to an oil leak.

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

Slide the under engine cover back in to position.

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Tighten Seven 10mm Bolts
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Re-Insert Pop Rivets
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Push In Center Pieces
Spin in a few of the 10mm bolts by hand to hold the under engine cover in place.

Tighten them in the clockwise direction with the 10mm socket and a 1/4" drive ratchet until they are snug.

Re-insert the two plastic pop rivets and push in their center pieces to lock them in place.

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Plastic Fasteners Secured
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Skid Plate Re-Installed
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Lower Front of Car
Double check that all of the under engine cover fasteners are tight and properly secured.

Carefully lower the front of the car from the jack stands by using the floor jack.

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Insert Automotive Funnel
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Pour In New Oil
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Replace Oil Filler Cap
Insert the automotive funnel in to the oil filler hole.

The standard Gamma GDI 1.6L I4 engine requires 3.8 U.S. quarts (or 3.6L) of new SAE 5W-20 oil for an oil change with filter replacement.

(The optional Turbo or "Turbocharged" Gamma GDI 1.6L I4 engine requires 4.8 U.S. qts (or 4.5 liters) of SAE 5W-30 oil.)

It is far better to have slightly less oil in an engine than to overfill it. Running an engine that has been overfilled with oil may lead to sluggish performance, cause damage to seals or gasket and possibly damage other components.

I recommend at first only pouring in about 3.25 to 3.5 U.S. quarts of new oil in to the engine.

Temporarily replace the oil filler cap and push down the dipstick.

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Check Dipstick Oil Level
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Re-Insert Oil Dipstick
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Engine Oil Change Complete
Start the engine and allow it to warm up for at least a few minutes.

Then turn off the ignition and allow the new oil to drain back down to the oil pan for at least 5 to 10 minutes.

Pull out the yellow plastic handled engine oil dipstick, wipe it clean with a paper towel, re-insert it and pull it out again to check the oil level.

If necessary, slowly pour in more oil and repeatedly check the oil level until it reaches at or just below the upper metal dimple at the end of the dipstick.

Replace the dipstick and make sure the oil filler cap is tight by rotating it in the clockwise direction.

To reset the "Engine oil service required" message, just press and hold the "Reset" button until the message disappears from the screen.

To reset the oil life interval before the service required message appears, follow these steps. 1. With the car stopped and the ignition set to "On" or the engine running, press the "Trip" button for at least two seconds to enter the "User Setting" mode. 2. Use the "Trip" button to move through the menu and "Reset" to select an item. 3. Select the "Maintenance" menu. 4. While viewing the "Service in XXXX miles" screen, press and hold the "Reset" button until the miles and days until the next service go back to the original setting (e.g. 7500 miles / 90 days).

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

For more, check out all of my 2012-2017 Hyundai Veloster DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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