DIY Ser­vic­ing: Hyundai i20 1.2

Al­most noth­ing on the Hyundai i20 is that dif­fi­cult to cope with at home. So once these new-ish mod­els are out of their dealer war­ranty, why not ser­vice them your­self, asks Richard Gunn?

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The Hyundai i20 was in­tro­duced in 2008 as a re­place­ment for the Getz, al­though that South Korean su­per­mini lin­gered on be­side its suc­ces­sor for a few years. The i20 was a clean-sheet piece of en­gi­neer­ing, with a new plat­form de­signed in Ger­many and in­tended to ap­peal to Euro­pean tastes.

The first-gen­er­a­tion lasted from 2008 to 2014, be­fore Hyundai in­tro­duced the sec­ond se­ries. Again orig­i­nat­ing from Hyundai’s Euro­pean de­sign cen­tre in Rus­selsheim, this good-look­ing small car sits in be­tween the i10 and i30 in the Hyundai hi­er­ar­chy. The mar­que calls its styling ‘Flu­idic Sculp­ture 2.0’. But as there’s just been a mid-life facelift, we’re prob­a­bly on ‘Flu­idic Sculp­ture 2.1’ now.

Our ve­hi­cle here is a 2016 i20 SE MPI, with the 1248cc four-cylin­der Kappa 2 en­gine. This is a sim­ple yet ro­bust unit – fans of old school mo­tors will ap­pre­ci­ate that it still has con­ven­tional HT leads con­nect­ing di­rectly to the spark plugs with­out in­di­vid­ual coil packs get­ting in the way. There’s a tim­ing chain rather than a cam­belt, and elec­tric power steer­ing rather than hy­draulic, both of which con­trib­ute to a car pack­age that’s pretty easy to ser­vice your­self. It would be even eas­ier still if Hyundai hadn’t placed the coolant ex­pan­sion tank in such a stupidly in­ac­ces­si­ble place. For that, and the ex­ces­sive num­ber of screws and clips se­cur­ing the en­gine un­der­tray, we’ve given it a two-span­ner dif­fi­culty rat­ing rather than just one.

Equip­ment re­quired

› Fun­nel › small in­spec­tion mir­ror › torch › jack › axle stands › oil con­tainer/tray › sock­ets and span­ners › flat-head and crosshead screw­drivers › spark plug ter­mi­nal pli­ers › tyre tread depth checker › wheel brace › an­tifreeze hy­drom­e­ter › wire brush › abra­sive pa­per › cop­per grease › gen­eral pur­pose grease › spray grease › LM grease › tyre pump › torque wrench › rags for clean­ing › dis­pos­able gloves

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