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post #51 of 64 (permalink) Old 01-02-2015, 04:21 PM
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I ended up using Valvoline MaxLife. No failures yet on our 2007 v6 transmission with 210000km. Something is making a bit of a whining noise under acceleration now, other than that the shifting is very smooth. I've been doing a drain and fill about every 25000 km lately, 5L jug for about $25.

The revised maintenance schedule according to our local Kia service department indicates to replace fluid every 48000 km or 24 months, and that using a different brand of fluid like Valvoline is fine. The fluid just needs to be compliant with the specified type and then miscibility isn't typically a problem.

A Kia service department did a fluid change a long time ago and I found the shifting was hard after the change. I started using the MaxLife stuff and the hard shifting went away immediately. Kia used their SP-III product. I have never used the SP-III from Kia again, mostly due to cost.

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I did mine this Sunday and used Kia Genuine SPIII fluid from my dealer. Interestingly enough, it was the cheapest fluid that I can find that can be used in the Sportage. I bought 5 quarts and by far the Kia Sportage was the easiest car I have ever changed the tranny fluid in. The hardest for me was my 2009 Pontiac G6 but this was a 20 minute job.

After I let the car fully drain, I had an old 1 gallon milk carton and drained in there, then drained the rest in a measuring cup. Came up to around 4.5 quarts. I added three quarts, started the kia, went through the gears P,R,D a few times, stopped her, added another 1.5 quarts and drove 5 minutes.

Smooth as butter now. The change it made was like night and day!
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Makes sense to use Kia's oil. Is that the first recommended change interval? Here it's every 32,000Km (20,000mi.) or 16 months.
Where does it say this anywhere in the manual?
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Had a well-regarded independent shop do a BG clean, flush, & refill with their Universal Synthetic ATF. They commented that the trans fluid was very dirty and hence ran the cleaner longer than usual. Makes me wonder about the dealer's trans flush just a few months ago. Anyway, the gear noise has noticeably lessened. Maybe this was a $190 well-spent.
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I just changed the transmission fluid in my 2007 V6 Rondo. The car has only 21K miles but the fluid probably hasn't been changed and so it was eight years old or so.

I used MaxLife and followed the procedure in the manual. Pulled the cooling line, ran the engine for about a minute and then pulled the drain plug. I got out about half of fluid so I replaced the plug and replaced the fluid. I ran the engine for about another minute until clean fluid ran out of the cooling line. Topped off the fluid and ended up using about 10 quarts of fluid. Spent about $60 on 3 gallons of fluid and some tubing for the cooling line drain.

When I change the tires I will change the fluid again.

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Please help if anyone is here.I have a 2008 rondo lx v6, almost 130,000 miles. As of lately i have changed the Vapor canister purge solenoid and coolant temperature sensor. Now my rpm gauge is doing a little jump every now and then, I figured I should do a trans flush and change filter. A couple questions. From what I've been reading it seems I need sp-111; the dealer says I need ATF 4 and that I can't get it from anywhere but them, is that the same thing(sp-111, atf 4?) Can I use the aftermarket brand ( castrol import multi-vehicle?) It doesn't say if its synthetic. Also, now I'm confused about steps to flush; if I drain from the plug, close the plug add oil, won't the new oil get mixed with the remaining oil that's going back into pan before I drain from cooling line? Please forgive my ignorance I'm only going by these post and videos on YouTube; I'm a novice at this.
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Oh yeah, can I change the filter or not, I read somewhere that the whole transmission has to be dropped (therefore no an option) but I also just read it can be done. I'm confused.
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You need SPIII for the trans fluid. Being your say your a novice at car work I would not try changing your trans filter, unless you have a buddy help you. Or have a shop do a proper trans flush.

Also, next time just start a new thread, many more people will see it.
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Here is my ATF change Youtube video on the Kia Sorento 2014

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Well, I just crossed 32,000 miles, so I figured I'd do a trans fluid change. I normally only do the half change (drop what's in the pan and refill). Job was uneventful. It actually took longer to take these pics and post them. Drain plug, before and after. I saw no reason to get into the whole "which fluid should I use" debate. I just went to the dealer and bought the Hyundai / Kia SPIII. The most I could have saved on 5 quarts was $12.95 total anyway, so it wasn't worth the worry. Less than $9 per year to not have to worry about them denying a claim.
I owned a Hyundai Sonata 2.0T (awesome engine) before I traded it in for the KIA Sorento SXL. It seems both of the vehicles had very similar transmissions. I changed the ATF on the sonata at 60,000 and boy was I sorry I did not do it at 37,000 when I bought the car. The fluid was very dirty. It took me 6 drains and fills to get the fluid to a level of clean that almost matched what I put in. Unfortunately 2.8 liters of the fluid stays in the transmission when you drain it so it takes a while to flush that stuff out and get the transmission clean. My mistake was not waiting 1000 miles in between changes to let the fluid wash the transmission. I will not be making that mistake this time and it should take me less changes to get it clean. I just did the same service on the Sorento at 37,800 miles and it was also very dirty too. I will be draining and filling it again to get the fluid and transmission cleaner too.
Here is the Youtube ATF change video for the Sorento https://youtu.be/axjtiG1nnQ4?list=PL...1CDGazka6xKEc3
Here is the Youtube ATF change video for the Sonata: https://youtu.be/uE1YjdOUeZk?list=PL...1CDGazka6xKEc3
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Does anyone know what transmission fluid I need for my 2013 Kia optima? No details in the manual, not many details found online, it seems as if they are trying to make me take it to a dealership for any type of fluid change.
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