Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Pittsboro, NC
Drives: 2000 Kia Sephia LS, 1999 Kia Sephia, 1998 Kia Sportage 4x4
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i'm not much for using "multi-transmission" fluids because they seem like a shortcut to me but if that's what you want to use then that's your choice. as for me, i get my info straight from kia and they say that the only 2 compatible fluids with your transmission are Diamond ATF SP-III or SK ATF SP-III. and whatever you do, don't use anything other than what's specified and this includes using flushing chemicals (yes i read that you're only doing a drain and fill which is good). i've already had 2 transmissions this week come in on a tow truck because some shop used that crap to flush kia transmissions and now they have unhappy customers wondering why their cars don't have 1st, 2nd, and 3rd gears.
as for changing the fluid, you're not gonna get air in it. i do drain and fills all day and air won't be a problem. i can't exactly remember what the 2.0 sportage takes but i would put 3 quarts in and start the vehicle and check it and add as needed. when you get the fluid in the "cold" zone on the stick, take it for a 5 minute or so drive and get it warm and check it again (in neutral, don't forget parking brake) and see what the level is and add as needed.
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