How Do I Know When My Hyundai Needs Servicing?


Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could drive our vehicles every day and never have to worry about bringing it into the service station for maintenance? While such self-maintaining vehicles might be possible in the future, such is not the case for today's vehicles. When you purchase a new Hyundai for your household, then taking care of your investment will require routine maintenance and servicing. But how do you know when that's needed? The following is a quick look at some of the specifics to help you better understand your new Hyundai and when its time to take it in to your local dealership or authorized service center for maintenance:


Understanding When Your Hyundai Needs Servicing


The most routine type of maintenance your Hyundai will need is an oil change. Oil changes are necessary for the overall health and longevity of your engine. However, how often your Hyundai requires an oil change will depend on several factors, including how often you drive and what type of conditions you drive in. Thankfully, there are some good rules of thumb that you can follow.


For example, every Hyundai model will have a suggested maintenance timeline in the owner's manual. So for something like the 2018 Hyundai Sonata, a quick review of your service manual will show that under normal driving, the 2018 Sonata will need its oil and filter to be changed about every 7,500 miles. This interval is based on the assumption that the average driver goes about 1,000 miles each month. However, if you do what Hyundai calls 'more severe driving', then you'll find your service manual recommends changing oil and filter every 3,000 miles.


So what is considered more severe driving? 


More severe driving goes back to those several factors we talk about in regards to how often your Hyundai needs its oil changed. The following are some driving characteristics that would be defined as more severe driving:

  • Frequent short trips around Des Plaines or other Chicago neighborhood
  • Constant use of brakes or braking
  • Driving often in dusty or sandy locations
  • Driving in especially cold or humid climates
  • Driving primarily in heavy urban traffic

In addition to ensuring your oil is properly changed at the correct intervals, it's also important to keep in mind other key service tasks. Often times, your car will tell you when something is wrong and requires professional attention. Let's take your braking system for example. If you notice any of the following abnormal working conditions, then you should take your Hyundai to your local Hyundai dealership as soon as possible:

  • Squishy brake pedal, if you have to press the pedal all the way to ground to safely stop, then something is very wrong and your car requires immediate attention.
  • Hard brake pedal, the opposite is just as dangerous and a brake that does not comfortably give way to your foot must be inspected.
  • Grinding sound when braking,  this genreally indicates that the brake pads are completely gone and require replacement
  • Pulling to the left or right when braking, here, the brake calipers are in need of adjusting.

Get Your Oil Changed & Brakes Checked at McGrath City Hyundai


Is it time for you to get your oil and oil filter change on your new Hyundai? Or maybe you are in need of other maintenance or service repair advice on your leased Hyundai? In either case, our team here at McGrath CityHyundai is here for you! In addition to offering a wide selection of new, used, and Certified Pre-Owned vehicles, we have a wonderful service staff and mechanic shop. 





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