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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 06-26-2019, 12:37 AM Thread Starter
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Is there anything unusual about an oil change for the Niro HEV?

My 2018 Niro HEV is about ready for its first oil change. The dealer isnít close or convenient so Iíll probably take it to Tires Plus that Iíve been using for years now. Is there anything unusual about the Niro that will confuse the average grease monkey? Does it take regular or synthetic oil? Should I do it myself (havenít done oil changes before)?

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0w20 synthetic oil is what the manual says.

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If the 2019 manual is the same, it lists both 10W-30, 0/5W-20 and 5W-30, depending on the expected lowest temperature expected. If the outdoor temp is expected to remain above 0F, then 10W-30, otherwise one of the other two. Since he's in Florida, I recommend 10W-30.

It also doesn't specifically state synthetic, although I would probably use it myself. All the manual states is:

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ACEA A5 *3 or above API SM or above, ILSAC GF-4 or above

*3 : If the ACEA A5 engine oil is not available in your country, you are able to use API service SM or above, ILSAC GF-4 or above, ACEA A3

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That stock oil filter is a bitch to get off. Almost didn't get it off it was so tight. Better let someone else do it.
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If the 2019 manual is the same, it lists both 10W-30, 0/5W-20 and 5W-30, depending on the expected lowest temperature expected. If the outdoor temp is expected to remain above 0F, then 10W-30, otherwise one of the other two. Since he's in Florida, I recommend 10W-30.

It also doesn't specifically state synthetic, although I would probably use it myself. All the manual states is:

FYI, all Niro sent from Korea to Canada comes with a 0w20 Synthetic oil in the engine, but dont know about the USA.

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Read your Owner's manual. Here is a snapshot of the relevant lubricants page from my 2018 Niro PHEV Owner's Manual in the USA.

As you can see, for Engine Oil: 0W-20 API SN or ACEA C2.
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Read your Owner's manual. Here is a snapshot of the relevant lubricants page from my 2018 Niro PHEV Owner's Manual in the USA.

As you can see, for Engine Oil: 0W-20 API SN or ACEA C2.
Notice there's a footnote to see the next page for recommended SAE viscosity numbers, based on temperatures. This is where the 2018 owners manual differs from the 2019. My manual doesn't list viscosity on the chart you attached. You have to look at the next page for those recommendations. Does the 2018 manual also have the 10W-30 recommendation if the temps remain above 0F? Sine the OP is in Florida, I would say that 10W-30 suits his environment better, as long as it's shown on that chart.

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Here is the SAE viscosity numbers vs. temperature chart you refer to.
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Clearly the specified 0W-20 is appropriate for every climate in North America. Yes, you can safely use higher viscosity oil, but the only difference will be reduced fuel economy.
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That stock oil filter is a bitch to get off. Almost didn't get it off it was so tight. Better let someone else do it.
It, like all new cars, is really tough. Complicating that is that oil filter wrenches are not standard. My 3 prong wrench got it with some difficulty. The trick is continuous force as the rubber, unlike a steel, gives way slowly. I have a wrench for the NAPPA Gold/WIX that I'll use from now on. I also use Moble 1, 0W20 oil.
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