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Hi All,

I am not currently a Santa Fe LWB owner, but looking to be in the near future as thus far it seems like the best option for my family in the 3-row SUV market. One of my biggest concerns when researching vehicles is the ability to do routine maintenance. Seeing the newer Toyota oil change on Youtube which involves a special socket and plastic drain valve just to replace the oil filter makes me shake my head. Thanks to forum member ozzstar his Youtube video of the 3.3L Hyundai engine showed just how well thought out and easy it is with the top mounted oil filter and simple hex head for removal of the filter cap.

My question is regarding transmission fluid service on the Santa Fe LWB, is there a conventional dipstick for checking the fluid level? If not is there at least a fill port that is relatively easy to access? Has anyone changed their fluid yet and removed the pan to see if there is a replaceable filter?

Thanks in advance!
 

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No, no. and no.


No filter, can put fluid through top if servicing. Owners manual says 60k under severe, normal it says no service necessary, so I guess that means it will last until your warranty is barely out. Pan has plug that will indicate when level is full in trans.
 

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Just about all manufacturers have gone to no dipsticks and just drain and fill plugs. Makes DIY fluid changes a pain. Good news is that between technology and advanced ATF fluids 60,000 miles is reasonable or as the manual says 100,000 or so normal service. Plus, it will be under warranty for the 100,000 miles so I would not lose sleep over this one
 
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