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Old 10-17-2011, 07:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello all, as you can all see I'm brand new here, got some questions for everyone. My sister has a 2006 sonata with the 4cyl, and she asked me if I'd do some maintenance on it for her, just wondering what all the normal stuff is for this car. I'm assuming plugs, fuel filter, run some injector cleaner thru it. does this car have plug wires or is it cop? also, she asked about doing a trans flush, is it recommended to get done at this many miles, and would I be willing to somewhat easily drop the pan to drain it, or is there maybe a drain plug on the bottom of the trans? I know this isn't the proper way to do a flush but it's better than nothing. also, what type of trans fluid does this take?

I'm a certified ford tech so i'll be doing all the work this weekend, just dont know anything about the car and looking for some insight. thanks all!
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You want to follow the severe service schedule since you're in MI. That means:
Tranny flush. Use Hyundai spec SP III only. Think there's a plug.
Cooling system flush

You don't need to replace the plugs until 97.5 K as they are Iridium

Everything else is routine maintenance and inspections, like air filter, oil change.
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You want to follow the severe service schedule since you're in MI. That means:
Tranny flush. Use Hyundai spec SP III only. Think there's a plug.
Cooling system flush

You don't need to replace the plugs until 97.5 K as they are Iridium

Everything else is routine maintenance and inspections, like air filter, oil change.
any clue on how many quarts I'll need? also is there a fuel filter on these cars? i'd like to replace that as well.
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any clue on how many quarts I'll need? also is there a fuel filter on these cars? i'd like to replace that as well.
Fuel filter is integrated with fuel pump and is not normally replaced by techs. Trans holds 8.25 quarts total, so probably 4 quarts in the pan.
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To clarify, the fuel filter is scheduled for replacement at intervals of 37.5k but nobody seems to do it.
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if it's integrated in with the pump i'll just leave it.
should I just use hyundai brand fluid or will a hyundai approved sp3 work, i think i saw somewhere that castrol has a hyundai approved fluid.

also, does this just take the normal green coolant?
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To preserve the warranty use SP III fluid. Go to the dealer and get it. Use the Castrol synthetic stuff after 100k. Kia dealers sell the same SP III. Call around for the best price. Normal green coolant.
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The online maintenance schedule for the 2006 lists these things to replace at 60K under "severe service":

* Air filter
* ATF
* Coolant
* Oil/filter
* Fuel tank air filter (that's different than the fuel filter, and like the fuel filter, it seems to be another thing no one actually replaces)

BTW, here is the starting page to find the online maintenance schedule. And here is the 2006 Sonata owner's manual in PDF form.

There's a drain plug on the bottom of the AT. There is no normally-serviceable AT filter, so forget about dropping the pan. You'll get ~4.0 - 4.5 quarts out that way (assuming the ATF level is where it should be to begin with, of course). I can get just as much out using a fluid evacuator through the filler tube, so that's how I do it. If you remove the drain plug, you may want to replace the crush gasket. It takes 8.24 quarts (7.8L) of ATF in total.

I'm not going to get into the well-documented Hyundai ATF holy war, but I won't put SP-III in my car. AFAIC it's overpriced garbage. I use Valvoline MaxLife DEX/MERC, which is synthetic and much cheaper. (Castrol has an ATF that works also, but it's not synthetic, and I have a synthetic fetish.) If you use a discount code at Advance Auto Parts, you can often get it for between $3 and $4 per quart. Whether this is a warranty issue depends on whether you have a warranty. If you're the second owner, the warranty is up at 5y/60K anyway.

These cars are coil-on-plug (CoP). You don't need to replace the spark plugs before 97.5K miles unless the car is exposed to extensive idling, long bouts of low-speed driving, trailer towing, or use of a camper or roof rack.

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It happily takes plain green coolant, but my preference is to use HOAT coolant instead. It's compatible with other coolants and it works better/lasts longer.
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