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.
Transmission Damage Due to Low and/or Incorrect Fluid on Kia Spectra5
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HAD THE TRANSMISSION FLUID CHANGED AT 60,000 BY A LOCAL SHOP AND THEY PUT IN A GENERIC FLUID. AT 67,000 HAVING TRANSMISSION TROUBLES - KIA SAYS CAR NEEDS A NEW TRANSMISSION, BUT WILL NOT REPLACE BECAUSE I HAVE VOIDED MY WARRANTY BY USING THE WRONG FLUID. ARGGG. IF ONLY I'D KNOW...