Transmission Damage Due to Low and/or Incorrect Fluid on Kia Sportage

Problem Description and Possible Solution

Make sure the transmission is filled with Kia-approved transmission fluid and at the correct level. Our technicians tell using incorrect transmission fluid or operating the transmission when it is low on fluid can result in internal transmission damage.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 57,053 (31,000–83,106)
6 model years affected: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, more2009, 2010
11 people reported this problem
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on 11-09-13 I brought my car in and had transmission fluid and oil changed before I went to Florida. I did notice that my car was a little hesitant in changing gears. On April 18, 2014 I get a letter from Valvoline Division of Ashland that they put the wrong transmission in my vehicle and to come in the next 15 days will replace free of charge & here is a $50.00 gift card for your trouble. The wrong transmission fluid was in my vehicle for 6 months.
I had it checked out today & my transmission needs to be overhauled at $2500.00. Can the wrong transmission fluid cause this.