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Why regular oil changes are so important

Getting regular oil changes is easy and can extend the life of your car. Engine oil is one of the most important fluids in your car. It helps keep your engine running smoothly and lubricates engine components. As you drive, oil breaks down and is exposed to contaminants reducing its lubricating properties. Many people may be unaware when they should get their oil changed.

Many new and older-model Hyundai vehicles utilize an oil life monitoring sensor that alerts you when you need an oil change. However, a good rule of thumb for oil change intervals is every 5,000 miles. This may vary depending on the type of motor oil you use (synthetic vs. conventional oil, for instance) and could even be extended to 7,500 or 10,000 miles. Always check your owner's manual for recommended oil change times, or let an oil change shop near you tell you when your vehicle's ready for maintenance.

If your driving conditions match any shown below, then your frequency of oil changes should be increased: 

Repeated short distance trips

Like to the store or school and back

Driving in dusty conditions

Winds often move dust more than we realize

Corrosive driving condtions

Driving in areas where salt of other corrosive materials are being used

Extensive use of brakes

Been in rush-hour traffic lately?

Rugged conditions

Driving on rough or muddy roads

Inclines and elevation

Driving in mountainous areas

Idling and low speeds

Extended periods of idling or low speed operation. Again, rush hour?

Hot urban driving conditions

More than 50% driving in heavy city traffic in above 90 degree weather

Check you owner's manual to see what grade and viscosity of oil and change frequency your vehicle needs and occasionally confirm that the oil is at its optimal level.

Based on all your combined driving habits, you may need to change the oil more frequently (every 4,500-5,000 miles may be more appropriate than the normal 6,000-7,500 miles).

Need help finding your Hyundai oil change interval? Click here to download a PDF of your specific Hyundai model's owner's manual.

12 Warning Signs You Need an Oil Change ASAP

If you happen to spot any of these warning signs, be sure to visit Jim Burke Hyundai in Birmingham for prompt oil change service. It could very well be a "life or death" situation for your vehicle!

1. Dashboard Warning Light

The most common sign that your car needs an oil change is the dashboard warning light. This is usually indicated by an oil can icon or the words "check engine" or "oil."

2. Engine Noise

If you hear strange noises coming from your engine, such as knocking, ticking or grinding, it may be a sign that your car needs an oil change.

3. Dirty Oil

When you check the oil on the dipstick, and it appears dark or dirty, that's a clear indication that it's time for an oil change. Motor oil may also have visible metal shavings in it, too, which may be indicative of an engine that's approaching end-of-life.

4. Low Oil Level

Check your oil level using the dipstick to see if it's at the recommended level. If it isn't, you'll need to diagnose why. This can sometimes be due to not having an oil change in a while, though you may also have an oil leak. Bring it to an oil change shop near you for an inspection.

5. Poor Performance

If your car is not performing as well as it should, it could be due to old or dirty oil. You may experience sluggish acceleration, reduced fuel efficiency or a loss of power. When the oil in your car is dirty, the engine has to work harder, which can result in poor fuel economy, among other things.

6. Exhaust Smoke

Notice dark smoke coming from your exhaust? Dark or even black exhaust smoke could indicate that your engine is burning oil. If you don't get an oil change quickly enough, your engine could be irreversibly damaged!

7. Smell of Burning Oil

If you smell burning oil inside your car or under the hood, you're almost certainly in need of an oil change. The smell may be caused by oil leaking onto hot engine parts.

8. Oil Change Interval

Can't remember the last time you changed your oil? Then it's probably time for one! Most car manufacturers recommend changing the oil every 5,000 to 7,500 miles, though it's important to check your owner's manual and consult with your auto service center's technicians.

9. Engine Overheating

If your engine is running hotter than normal, it could be a sign that your car needs an oil change. Dirty or old oil can cause the engine to overheat and lead to expensive repairs.

10. Rough Idling

A car engine that seems to be idling roughly or is running unevenly may be caused by really thick motor oil. Dirty or old oil turns to gunk, which can cause the engine to run roughly and lead to other problems.

11. Engine Stalling

If your car's engine stalls while driving, it could be due to dirty or old oil. When the oil in your car is dirty, the engine can lose power and stall, which can be dangerous while driving.

12. Vibrations

Noticed your car vibrating excessively while driving? Although this can be caused by many things, including misaligned wheels, suspension problems or unbalanced tires, dirty or old oil can also cause the engine to vibrate. A trip to an oil change place near you will get to the bottom of it.
Spending the money and taking the time to get oil changes when recommended by the manufacturer can save lots in the long-run. 

Other benefits include:


And finally, setting a regular oil change maintenance schedule can serve as a benchmark for when other auto maintenance needs are to be met. 

Start by scheduling an oil change at a Hyundai dealer near you. 

We strive to do better than the "cheap oil change places" in town, because you deserve quality care at an affordable price. When you bring your Hyundai into our Birmingham service center for an oil change, you'll also receive a free and quick Multi Point Inspection. Our oil change service technicians will also perform any needed adjustments based on your car's age and condition, go over recommended service for down the road, and alert you to any issues with your Hyundai tires, brakes or battery

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Delaying oil change service can result in irreparable damage to your vehicle. Let our Birmingham oil change shop provide the best possible service for you Hyundai.

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  1. Jim Burke Hyundai

    1424 5th Avenue North
    Birmingham, AL 35203

    • Sales: (205) 324-3371
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1424 5th Avenue North
Directions Birmingham, AL 35203

  • Contact our Service Department at: (205) 324-3371
  • Monday7:00AM - 6:00PM
  • Tuesday7:00AM - 6:00PM
  • Wednesday7:00AM - 6:00PM
  • Thursday7:00AM - 6:00PM
  • Friday7:00AM - 6:00PM
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Oil Change Service FAQs

Q: What do I need to do when my "Change Engine Oil" message comes on?
A: As soon as your Hyundai alerts you, you'll want to schedule an oil change appointment at our Hyundai service center near Hoover, AL. We will handle changing your oil, resetting the system, and scheduling you for another appointment in a few months.

Q: What type of motor or engine oil does my Hyundai need?
A:  Always consult your vehicle's owner's manual or speak with your Hyundai oil change mechanic. Most newer Hyundai models will require full-synthetic motor oil, though the viscosity and type will vary by your engine and Hyundai model. Choosing the right Hyundai oil will improve performance, protect your engine and components, reduce oil consumption, and give you better fuel economy.

Q: How long can I go without changing my oil?
A: Back in the day, oil changes were required after 3,000 miles. But with advanced motor oil and full-synthetic oil, most new Hyundai vehicles can drive more than 5,000 miles before needing to change oil.

Q: Do I really need an oil filter?
A: Yes, it's highly recommended you replace your oil filter with an oil change. A clean oil filter will ensure the proper lubrication level throughout your engine. Plus, oil filters are very cheap and are included in our oil change price in Birmingham.