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#1 (permalink) Old 10-13-2009, 05:47 PM
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Just had the dealer tighten the nut on top of the front driver side strut which is responsible for the thumping noise noticed by many Rondo owners. While there, I had them do a complete 27 point check since I just bought the car and wanted a baseline for my maintenance schedule. Everything checked out except for the transmission fluid. I was told that it needed to be drained, flushed and replaced and that it would be $250 USD. It sounded like a lot of money to me and didn't have the time for the procedure anyhow. Does this sound right? Again, it's a 2007 EX V6 with approximately 36k miles. I just bought the car from a dealer so have no maintenance history on the vehicle.
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Sounds totally like a rip off. Do it yourself and use the best synthetic fluid you can find.
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Sounds totally like a rip off. Do it yourself and use the best synthetic fluid you can find.
I agree with doing it yourself, however, buy the fluid from the dealer. It costs no more to get it there than at the auto parts store and you know you have the right stuff. (not to mention, Kia can't say you used the wrong stuff)

If it's anything like my wife's Optima, you will only really be doing a half fluid change. It cost me 5 quarts @ $5 a piece (or something like that). I'll do it again in 15-20k miles. At that price, I should do it every 10k

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I think that you should stick with the Diamond SP3 oil that Kia recomends. I did some research online before I changed mine and found some references to shift problems being caused by the wrong oil. besides, any syn. trans fluid that would meet the spec is probably as much or more and Kia wants it changed every 16 months. Thats in Canada, US interval may be longer. Also, I found a SB on KGIS that recomends against doing a trans. flush. The bulletin states that a drain and fill is all that is required. My dealer confirmed this. The 4spd in my car has a drain plug(I don't know about the 5spd) so I bought the oil from Kia and did it myself. It was very easy. If you don't want to tackle it, I'm sure that there is a tranny shop somewhere in LA that has a service special on. There is one here that does it for $20. I will say that you only get a little over half of the oil out with a drain and fill. I think $250 is way too much as well. The oil for mine from Kia was only $44, but the 5spd takes a little more. KT2008082501 was the SB number.

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Was at my dealer today getting my 2nd pair of cabin/engine air filters. I have 40,000 miles on my Rondo. Asked what the trans service & coolant flush would cost. ''About $300." I have a $trong feeling I'll be doing my own servicing on these two items!
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Was at my dealer today getting my 2nd pair of cabin/engine air filters. I have 40,000 miles on my Rondo. Asked what the trans service & coolant flush would cost. ''About $300." I have a feeling I'll be doing my own servicing on these two items!
Having done both on the Optima, I would suggest to anyone doing this to do them both at the same time if you can. Taking the cover off of the bottom of the car should be done as little as possible. It's not hard, but it's a pain in the butt.

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according to the manual (in Canada), transmission oil needs to be changed every 16 months or 32000Km (20,000 miles) - here it cost me about $125CAD. There is another thread where maintenance cost breakdown is posted.
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Is the full flush necessary? I just spoke to the dealer and they said they could do a drain and refill for about half ($125). Wondering if the extra $125 to "flush" is worth it.
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It really depends on how badly the tranny has been abused and how bad the oil is. You should assume that it has never been changed. Pull the trans. dipstick yourself and see what color the oil is. Good trans fluid is a bright burgandy color. Smell it. If it is a reddy brown color but does not smell burnt, I would suggest drain and fill. If it is dark brown and has a burnt smell, you may need a flush. If your still not sure, stop in at a transmission shop and ask their opinion. Hope this helps
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About 4 or 5 qts remain in the torque convertor when just doing a static drain. The flush should get most of the fluid renewed. Myself,I'm going to drain mine soon(41,000 miles in 9 months). If it looks good,done. If not,I'll drive a few miles & redrain,refill. That should 'dilute' the old fluid by at least 75%,not just 50%. Not perfect,but still not as costly,time consuming,'don't want anybody touching it but me' as going to the dealer.
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