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#1 Old 11-05-2005, 10:19 AM
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When do you know if you need to change the ATF. I have received some confusing information about this.

1. From the manual, just for the fluid level during "N". Also from the maintenance schedule, inspect at each interval, replace after 105000 miles.
2. I went to a Valvoline instant oil change place.. While doing the oil change, they also check the ATF and said my car need the ATF change. I have 55000 miles on my car. He shows that ATF should be pink, while mine is a bit brown. Is color the identifier if we need to change the ATF?
3. My sonata start to make a very small vibration on the highway. As the driver, I could feel it. But my wife, as the pessenger, can't really feel it. Is this saying need to check the ATF fluid?
4. A little bit off the Hyundai topic, I also had an old Audi. It's Audi A6 1996. I called 2 dealers near my home about ATF change. To my surprise, one of them said Audi ATF is lifetime fluid. No need to change it ever. Is there such a thing? BTW, the other dealer gave me a price quote.
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the transmission fluid should be changed at a maximum 60,000 miles or 72 months but l would personaly not leave it as long as that, clean fluid should look red in colour, if your fluid looks dirty and considering your cars milage get it changed, always use the hyundai sp111 fluid



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To maintain your warranty Trans fluid is to be changed every 30,000 miles...
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the following is a Canadian TSB:

All current production Hyundai vehicles equipped with automatic transaxles use SP-III Automatic
Transmission Fluid.
The following chart shows model years for which SP-III fluid has been introduced for each Hyundai
vehicle.
When new, the ATF colour is red. ATF is dyed red in order to distinguish it from other fluids
The dye is not permanent and will darken over time. This is not a measure of fluid quality.
Due to the properties of SP-III fluid, discolouration occurs normally, and the fluid will darken even
under regular operating conditions. This should not be misdiagnosed as burnt fluid. In order
to properly inspect automatic transaxle fluid, look for the following symptoms:
1: Burnt smell (Indicates burned clutch/brake material and/or fluid)
2: Noticeably blackened fluid (Fluid has become oxidized)
3: Excessive amount of metallic particles in the fluid (Indicates worn bushings and
gears)
The recommended change interval for SP-III fluid in Hyundai vehicles is 84 months/168,000 Km for
vehicles operated under normal driving conditions.
The recommended change interval is 24 months/48,000 Km if the vehicle is operated in severe
driving conditions. This includes:
Repeated short distance driving
Driving in dusty, rough roads
Driving in sandy areas
More that 50% driving done in heavy city traffic during hot weather (above 32oC)
Driving in mountainous areas
Towing a trailer
Using the vehicle for commercial use (Taxi,etc.)
When a transmission fluid replacement is performed, be sure to replace the fluid using only
ATF SP-III type Automatic Transmission Fluid (Hyundai P/N: 000HC ATF SP3).
Other types of ATF are incompatible with these transaxles.
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good piece of information DUKE, although the recomemed oil changes seem to be slightly different in the u.k. for some reason



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different in which way ?????
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Hi DUKE, hyundai u.k. recomend auto trans. oil change at 90,000 k/m or 72 months under normal conditions or 45,000 k/m or 6 months under adverse conditions, l have double checked this today, don't know why there is such a big difference, must be all the clean air you've got over there!



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Here in the USA, the owner's manual says 105000miles (about 168000 km) to replace under normal condition. Sounds like a lot of distance to cover on original factory ATF.

I wonder too why all these varying information on the number of miles... and the gap range is huge.... from 30000 miles (partsguy) to 105000 miles (owner's manual)

I know that hyundai need SP-III ATF. I read it on other threads in this forums. But that is another problem to be uncovered. There seems to be not much supply of SP-III here in the USA, except at the dealers. Any thought where you can find SP-III, except the dealers?

partsguy, where in the manual that says to replace the ATF every 30000 miles to maintain warranty?
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To share with you the information found on my Manual for Saudi Arabia, they recomend changing the A/T Fluid every 40,000 KM.

I belive as Duke mentioned, it depends on Car usage condition.

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I finally have my ATF changed done at the dealer yesterday morning. I think it was about time that I changed my ATF. The car has about 60K miles on it. Plus, driving it on the highway, I can feel some vibration. Well... now after the change, I still feel some vibration, but much less. Also, something about me is that I am very sensitive to the car. I can feel vibration or hear noise coming out of a car that my wife can't even feel or hear it. My wife drive the Sonata more than me.

Well... a question. Isn't that a new ATF, even Hyundai ATF, should be pink? I have driven my Hyundai for about 50 miles and this morning, I check the AFT fluid dipstick. It's brown. Is that possible that it turns brown after only 50 miles? Do you think the fact that this is the first ATF change after 60K miles may contribute to it? You know.. like some of the of dirt may be still left behind in the tranny. If it is so, is this okay?

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