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What kind of trans oil do i use?
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Where do i pour it in?
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Welcome to the forum! You need Dexron-III fluid, or equivalent. You fill it through the dipstick tube. Well, assuming it's an auto trans anyway. If it's a manual trans, you'll need 75w-90, API service GL-4 oil. You fill it through by removing the fill plug in the "front" of the case (front meaning toward the front of the car).

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Thank You, and is it the plastic dipstick tube near the radiator on right side? and yes it is an automatic

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Wait until a tech or fellow owner on the forum confirms for you before doing anything , we didn't have the Sephia in Aus but the location of the tube you mention doesn't sound right to me it sounds more likely to be dipstick for engine oil. If you are really inexperienced with cars, it may be best to get the trans checked and serviced at a garage, you don't want to damage anything through making a mistake..

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I had a look on www.kiatechinfo.com for you. The filler would be on the rear left[ to your right if you are standing at the front of car facing engine] of engine bay near the firewall by the look of it, see attachment. But if you are not sure on the correct way to check and fill the transmission to the correct level[ it varies in different cars] or the auto has not been checked out in a while it is probably best to get a garage to check and change the fluid for you.
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it's not that im inexperience,cause i work my car, it's that i never worked with a different car and my gf doesn't have a repair manual and made me do it at night >.< and her brother doesn't know where it is, either. But it just makes it more fun for me =)

but thank you and i'll try taking a picture of what I'm talking about cause that thing has a lot of gunk.
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it's not that im inexperience,cause i work my car, it's that i never worked with a different car and my gf doesn't have a repair manual and made me do it at night >.< and her brother doesn't know where it is, either. But it just makes it more fun for me =)

but thank you and i'll try taking a picture of what I'm talking about cause that thing has a lot of gunk.
The things that are done for girlfriends. Has your girlfriend still got the owners glovebox manual for the car?, that would be a big help because it should tell you the correct way to check the trans fluid level for that car[ whether the car needs to be warmed up, running in neutral or park etc]

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you fill it through the dipstick tube, it's sort of right under the flexible intake tube that goes to the throttle body. you can check it with the transmission temperature either hot or cold but the engine has to be running. when i had the auto trans in my car before i converted it to manual trans my transmission held 4-5 quarts after draining the pan and the pulling the drain plug on the bottom of the transmission. i usually put 4 quarts in to start and start the engine and check the level with the dipstick. the vehicle has to be in park with this transmission to check the level. after checking with 4 quarts in the trans, add and check trans fluid as needed. you could go by the "cold" reading on the dipstick but i would let the trans warm up for 15-20 minutes and go by the "hot" reading just to be sure you've filled it to the right level.

and Mercon/Dexron III is the correct fluid.

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