recommended oil Hyundai Santa Fe 2008 Owner's Manual
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DRIVING YOUR HYUNDAI
C160D01A-AATCheck Battery and CablesWinter puts additional burdens on the
battery system. Visually inspect the battery
and cables as described in Section 6. The
level of charge in your battery can be
checked by your Hyundai dealer or a ser-
C160F01A-AATCheck Spark Plugs and Ignition
SystemInspect your spark plugs as described in
Section 6 and replace them if necessary.
Also check all ignition wiring and compo-
nents to be sure they are not cracked, worn
or damaged in any way.C160E01A-AATChange to "Winter Weight" Oil if
NecessaryIn some climates it is recommended that a
lower viscosity "winter weight" oil be used
during cold weather. See Section 9 for
recommendations. If you aren't sure what
weight oil you should use, consult your
C160G01A-GATTo Keep Locks from FreezingTo keep the locks from freezing, squirt an
approved de-icer fluid or glycerine into the
key opening. If a lock is covered with ice,
squirt it with an approved de-icing fluid to
remove the ice. If the lock is frozen inter-
nally, you may be able to thaw it out by
using a heated key. Handle the heated key
with care to avoid injury.NOTE:The proper temperature for using the
immobilizer key is from -40°F (-40°C) to
176°F (80°C). If you heat the immobilizer
key over 80°C to open the frozen lock, it
may cause damage to the transponder
in its head.
C160C01A-AATUse High Quality Ethylene Glycol
CoolantYour Hyundai is delivered with high qual-
ity ethylene glycol coolant in the cooling
system. It is the only type of coolant that
should be used because it helps prevent
corrosion in the cooling system, lubricates
the water pump and prevents freezing. Be
sure to replace or replenish your coolant in
accordance with the maintenance sched-
ule in Section 5. Before winter, have your
coolant tested to assure that its freezing
point is sufficient for the temperatures an-
ticipated during the winter.
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CORROSION PREVENTION AND APPEARANCE CARE6
E040D01A-AATCleaning the Seat BeltsTo clean the seat belts, use a cloth or
sponge with mild soap or detergent and
warm water. Do not use strong detergents,
dye, bleach or abrasive materials on the
seat belts as this may weaken the fabric.
While cleaning the belts, inspect them for
excessive wear, cuts, fraying or other signs
of damage and replace them if necessary.E040C01A-AATCleaning the CarpetsUse a foam-type carpet cleaner. Cleaners
of this type are available in aerosol cans in
liquid form or powder. Read the instruc-
tions and follow them exactly. Using a
vacuum cleaner with the appropriate at-
tachment, remove as much dirt from the
carpets as possible. Apply the foam follow-
ing the manufacturer's directions, then rub
in overlapping circles. Do not add water.
These cleaners work best when the carpet
is kept as dry as possible.
E040B01A-AATTo Clean the Leather Upholstery
(If installed)In the normal course of use, leather uphol-
stered surfaces will, like any material, pick-
up dust and dirt. This dust and dirt must be
cleaned off or it may work into the surface
of the leather, causing damage.
Fine leather needs care, and should be
cleaned when necessary. Washing leather
thoroughly with soap and water will keep
your leather lustrous, beautiful and ensure
you have many years of wear.
Take a piece of cheese cloth and using any
mild soap and lukewarm water, work up a
good lather. Thoroughly wash the leather.
Wipe clean with a slightly damp cloth and
dry with soft cloth. Do this as often as the
leather becomes soiled.
During tanning operations, sufficient oils
are incorporated through processing that
none need be applied during the life of the
leather. Oil applied to the finished surface
will in no way help the leather and may do
more harm than good. Varnishes and fur-
niture polishes should never be used un-
der any conditions.
CLEANING THE INTERIORE040A01A-AATCleaning the upholstery and interior
Remove dust and loose dirt from vinyl with
a whisk broom or vacuum cleaner. Clean
vinyl surfaces with a vinyl cleaner.
Remove dust and loose dirt from fabric
with a whisk broom or vacuum cleaner.
Clean with a mild soap solution recom-
mended for upholstery or carpets. Re-
move fresh spots immediately with a fabric
spot cleaner. If fresh spots do not receive
immediate attention, the fabric can be
stained and its color can be affected. Also,
its fire-resistant properties can be reduced
if the material is not properly maintained.
Using anything but recommended clean-
ers and procedures may affect the
fabric’s appearance and fire-resistant
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VEHICLE MAINTENANCE REQUIREMENTS2
F010C01A-AATSpecified Scheduled ProceduresThese are the procedures such as inspec-
tions, adjustments and replacements that
are listed in the maintenance charts start-
ing on page 5-4. These procedures must
be performed at the intervals shown in the
maintenance schedule to assure that your
warranty remains in effect. Although it is
strongly recommended that they be per-
formed by the trained technicians at your
Hyundai dealer, these procedures may be
performed at any qualified service facility.
It is suggested that genuine Hyundai ser-
vice parts be used for any required repairs
or replacements. Other parts of equivalent
quality such as engine oil, engine coolant,
manual or auto transaxle oil, brake fluid
and so on which are not supplied by
Hyundai Motor Company or its distributor
may be used without affecting your war-
ranty coverage but you should always be
sure these are equivalent to the quality of
the original Hyundai parts. Your Owner's
Handbook provides further information
about your warranty coverage.
F010A01A-AATService RequirementsTo ensure that you receive the greatest
number of miles of satisfying operation
from your Hyundai, certain maintenance
procedures must be performed. Although
careful design and engineering have re-
duced these to a minimum, those that are
required are of the utmost importance.
It is your responsibility to have these main-
tenance procedures performed to comply
with the terms of the warranties covering
your new Hyundai. The Owner's Hand-
book supplied with your new vehicle pro-
vides further information about these war-
F010B01A-AATMaintenance RequirementsThe maintenance required for your
Hyundai can be divided into three main
o Specified scheduled procedures
o General checks
o Do-it-yourself maintenance
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CHECKING THE ENGINE
OILG030A01A-AATEngine oil is essential to the performance
and service of the engine. It is suggested
that you check the oil level at least once a
week in normal use and more often if you
are on a trip or driving in severe conditions.
G030C01JM-AATTo Check the Oil LevelBefore checking the oil, warm up the en-
gine to the normal operating temperature
and be sure your car is parked on level
ground. Turn the engine off.
Wait five minutes , then remove the dip-
stick, wipe it off, fully reinsert the dipstick
and withdraw it again. Then note the high-
est level the oil has reached on the dip-
stick. It should be between the upper ("F")
and lower ("L") range.
Recommended OilThe engine oil quality should meet the
API SJ, SL or ABOVE,
ILSAC GF-3 or ABOVE
NOTE:o For good fuel economy, SAE 5W-20
(5W-30), ILSAC GF-3 engine oil is pre-
o If SAE 5W-20, ILSAC GF-3 engine oil is
not available, other recommended en-
gine oils for corresponding tempera-
ture rangs can be used.
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Be very careful not to touch the radiator
hose when checking the engine oil as it
may be hot enough to burn you.
Slowly pour the recommended oil by
using a funnel. Do not overfill so as not to
Be very careful not to touch the radiator
hose when adding the engine oil as it may
be hot enough to burn you.
G030D02MC-AATAdding OilIf the oil level is close to or below the "L"
mark, add oil until it reaches the "F" mark.
To add oil:
1. Remove the oil filler cap by turning it
2. Add oil, then check the level again. Do
3. Replace the cap by turning it clockwise.
The distance between the "F" and "L" marks
is equal to about 1 quart of oil.
NOTE:o It is recommended that the engine oil
and filter should be changed by an
authorized Hyundai dealer.
o Always dispose of used engine oil in
an environmentally acceptable man-
ner. It is suggested that it be placed in
a sealed container and taken to a
service station for reclaimation. Do
not pour the oil on the ground or put it
into the household trash.
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PROPOSITION 65 WARNING:
This product contains a chemical known
to the State of California to cause can-
cer. Used engine oil may cause irritation
or cancer of the skin if left in contact with
the skin for prolonged periods of time.
Used engine oil contains chemicals that
have caused cancer in laboratory ani-
mals. Always protect your skin by wash-
ing your hands thoroughly with soap and
warm water as soon as possible after
handling used oil.
G050B01A-AATRecommended Engine CoolantUse a high quality ethylene-glycol coolant
in a 50/50 mix with water. The engine
coolant should be compatible with alumi-
num engine parts. Additional corrosion
inhibitors or additives should not be used.
The cooling system must be maintained
with the correct concentration and type of
engine coolant to prevent freezing and
corrosion. Never allow the concentration
of antifreeze to exceed the 60% level or go
below the 35% level, or damage to the
cooling system may result. For proper con-
centration when adding or replacing the
engine coolant, refer to the following table.
solution Engine Coolant concentration
CHECKING THE ENGINE
Do not remove the radiator cap when the
engine is hot. When the engine is hot, the
engine coolant is under pressure and
may erupt through the opening if the cap
is removed. You could be seriously
burned if you do not observe this precau-
tion. Do not remove the radiator cap until
the radiator is cool to the touch.NOTE:It is recommended that the engine cool-
ant should be changed by an authorized
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FILLING THE WASHER
RESERVOIRG090A01CM-AATThe washer fluid reservoir supplies fluid to
the front and rear washer systems.
A good quality washer fluid should be
used to fill the washer reservoir. The fluid
level should be checked more frequently
during inclement weather or whenever the
washer system is in more frequent use.
o Radiator anti-freeze (engine coolant)
should not be used in the washer sys-
tem because it will damage the car's
o The washer should not be operated if
the washer reservoir is empty. This
can damage the washer fluid pump.
o Windshield washer fluid agents con-
tain some amounts of alcohol and can
be flammable under certain circum-
stances. Do not allow sparks or flame
to contact the washer fluid or the
washer fluid reservoir. Damage to
the vehicle or its occupants could
o Windshield washer fluid is poisonous
to humans and animals. Do not drink
windshield washer fluid. Serious in-
jury or death could occur.
TRANSAXLE OIL (MANUAL)G100A01MC-GATTransaxle lubricant in the manual transaxle
should be checked at those intervals speci-
fied in the vehicle maintenance schedule
in Section 5.
It is always better to check the transaxle
oil level when the engine is cool or cold.
If the engine is hot, you should exercise
great caution to avoid burning yourself
on hot engine or exhaust parts.NOTE:It is recommended that the manual
transaxle fluid should be checked by an
authorized Hyundai dealer.