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Well, I have done (what should be) the unthinkable. I was changing oil in my Sportage , had a complete 'brain meltdown' and drained my transmission fluid. Yup, red fluid came out. I am thinking 'not to worry', I will get more and add it. Now I am worrying because I cannot find any transmission filler tube. Does it have one? And if so, could someone tell me where it is? Thanks.
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Well, I have done (what should be) the unthinkable. I was changing oil in my Sportage , had a complete 'brain meltdown' and drained my transmission fluid. Yup, red fluid came out. I am thinking 'not to worry', I will get more and add it. Now I am worrying because I cannot find any transmission filler tube. Does it have one? And if so, could someone tell me where it is? Thanks.
Automatic,or manual?
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Have fun.........

The procedure is at Kia Global Information System (KGIS)
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Sorry, Automatic........Thanks
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Try this,but you should really haul it on a bed truck and off to a dealer.
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please forgive my ignorance. does the auto transmission fluid require regular change? if so at what mileage? or is it only when missing?

I had a stupid French car that gave me trouble with this
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please forgive my ignorance. does the auto transmission fluid require regular change? if so at what mileage? or is it only when missing?

I had a stupid French car that gave me trouble with this
That's why they give you an Owners Manual/Maintenance Manual.......

Depends on driving conditions.

60,000 miles under "severe" (designated per KIA) conditions in the USA
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It's a 'sealed' unit. You can access it as the OP did LOL but there is no dipstick to check fluid level. It is possible to change the fluid but according to the manual they really don't recommend even checking it (plug on housing). No fluid change would be anticipated with normal driving. Once I read this, I put the trans fluid right out of my mind. If I suspect trans trouble I'll just take it in. I think KIA's approach to the trans fluid is basically to eliminate monkeying with it (see OP) and possible contamination from a dipstick tube. You put in the best fluid you can and seal it up. It should last the life of the car. If I were to keep such a car longer than 60K miles or five years, I would probably change it anyway along with many other maintenance items, like engine coolant for example.
The OP may be risking the warranty if he does not have it trucked in to KIA for trans service. He may be okay with the warranty as long as he didn't start the engine after draining the trans.

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Some should have touched on this allready, Make sure you get your ATF from your local Kia dealership, SPIV is the ATF you need. DO NOT USE ANYTHING ELSE!
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