DIY: Engine Oil & Filter Change on the Fluidic Hyundai Verna CRDi
Unhappy with my Hyundai Authorized Service Center I decided to do the 3rd Engine oil service ( 16,000 Km ) by myself. I was surprised by how easy it was and wanted to share it with fellow Verna owners so that they could do it themselves too if needed.
Below is a list of all the things you will need before you start the Diy.
1) Oil Filter , Part # 26320-2A500 MRP – 459 Rs
2) Air Filter , Part # 28113-1V100 , MRP 346 Rs
3) 17 mm Wrench
4) 27 mm Hex socket with L rod and 10 inch extension rod. Total cost 500 Rs
5) A wide Pan with low height to collect the old oil. Something like the pic below. Sorry , forgot to take pic.
6) Engine oil , between 0W-40 and 15W-40 rating ( Just note that the number after W- must be always 40 due to our climate ), with min. API-CH4 grade or API-CI4 or API-CI4 plus oils. Choose either Mineral or Synthetic , don’t buy semi-synthetic !.
Any brand oils can be bought but I would choose only oils from either Mobil or Shell as they seem to be the favourites among Verna owners. Mobil Delvac 1 is the hot favourite but availability is scarce.
I went with Shell Rimula R3X API-CH4 , 15W 40 , 7.5 Litres , Cost 1970 Rs. So per liter cost was 263 Rs.
7) Jack Stands to lift Front of the car.
Ok so after getting all of the above stuff’s let’s get on with the Diy.
1) Make sure that your car is on a flat level ground. Then raise your car with the Jack provided with your car and place the jack stands on both front sides of your car.
2) Go under the engine bay and look for the oil drain bolt right below the front driver side. It’s near the front wheel axle , You can not miss it for sure.
Oops sorry , out of focus. I’ve highlighted the drain bolt in proximity to the wheel.
3) Now unscrew the oil drain bolt using the 17 mm wrench in anti-clockwise direction. Loosen it first with the wrench and then use your hand to unscrew it fully. Make sure your oil catch pan is ready below and keep it little further away as the oil gushes out a bit far. Let the oil drain for an hour or 2 or more if you want to get rid of every ounce of the old oil
4) Now move on to the top of the engine. Remove the engine cover by just tugging it slowly upwards as shown at the highlighted places. It should just pop off.
5) Unlike in Petrol engines , Verna’s CRDi engines oil filter is much easier to locate and work on. It’s on the top near the engine as highlighted on the pic.
6) Now use the Hex socket along with the L bar and extension rod unscrew the oil filter cover by turning it in anti-clockwise direction.
Below the old oil filter and the filter cap cover. Slightly wiggle the filter up and down and the filter will come out eventually.
7) Place the new oil filter by just pushing it into the filter cover. Now you need to replace 2 O-rings on the filter cover. One large O-ring and a small O-ring ( which was very difficult to pull out). Remember to lubricate the O-rings with the new engine oil before placing it on the filter cover. It is highlighted on the picture.
You get the O-rings along with a drain bolt crusher with the oil filter itself.
8) By this time all your old oil should have been drained out. Now fix the new crusher on the drain bolt and screw it back on the oil pan in clock wise direction. Just tighten it enough and check that there are no leaks.
9) Now screw back the new oil filter as well in clock wise direction but don’t over tighten it as you might break the plastic cover. You have to tighten it with 27 mm socket till it locks , but don’t over tighten it.
10) Now open the engine oil cover and pour 5 Liters of your new engine oil. The manual recommends 5.3 liter but after I put 5 liters the oil dip stick showed full. So 5 liters is enough as few other owners on hyundai forums also reported the same thing as well.
Just remember , whatever you do, don’t ever over fill with engine oil as that could damage your engine. 5 liters is safe
11) That’s it ! Now lift down your vehicle , start and let the engine warm up. Then turn the engine OFF and wait 5 mins. Check your engine oil level with the dip stick and if it’s between low and full , you have done a good job.
12) For air filter replacement.
This is the air filter right in front of the battery. Just press open the 3 clips as indicated on the pic and slightly pull up the filter cover to expose the filter. The filter cover won’t come out fully , you can only pull up as shown on the second pic. Slide out the old filter through the gap and replace it with the new filter.
Hold your chest high and be proud of your manliness at the job you’ve just accomplished. Not only did you save a lot of money but you have done everything to your satisfaction and also with a huge peace of mind by not having to worry about the incompetent ASC on how they would screw your car next.
I will monitor next week and see if there is a drop in engine oil levels and if a top up of .3 liters is needed and will post an update.
Cheers , hope this helps someone suffering from their dreaded ASC’s.