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I know this is going to sound like a very stupid question and trust me I know a little bit more about cars than this question lets on. I have 2011 Kia Forte EX which I just bought used and was doing a "once over" on the car to make sure it was not neglected. I went to check the tranny fluid and I can't for the life of me find it? Where is the dipstick located on this car?
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Hey, no worries. No dipstick on the 2011 and up Forte's

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Wtf? It's behind the engine lol

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If you're sure about that, I'll look again.

Also, I'm not saying any of you guys are wrong, but why would a car not have a dipstick for the transmission. Because I have found that the transmission fluid needs to be change based on the looks of fluid and not on some predetermined interval set by the mfg, which could be too long or too short depending on how/where your drive.
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If you're sure about that, I'll look again.
I think he was joking.. referring to the driver.

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Also, I'm not saying any of you guys are wrong, but why would a car not have a dipstick for the transmission. Because I have found that the transmission fluid needs to be change based on the looks of fluid and not on some predetermined interval set by the mfg, which could be too long or too short depending on how/where your drive.
There is no dipstick. It's completely sealed.
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Grave was saying: dipstick = driver

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Actually I was referring to the dipstick. The engine oil is the yellow one and I also have one behind the motor. I don't quite know what it is for but I'm positive it's for the tranny lol.


***EDIT*** I am wrong though lol http://kia-buzz.com/?p=1202 read last paragraph.

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Newer BMW's don't even have a dipstick for engine oil and haven't for years. Car makers don't want you playing around with their cars. Trust them, everything will be just fine. You will just need to buy a new car very five years when the transmission craps out.

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Do you mean that you can't even change the fluid in these transmission because its a sealed unit?

I really don't understand this decision made by Kia to do away with the transmission dipstick??? How are we supposed to know when to change the fluid? Based on some idiot with a corner office saying the fluid should be changed every x miles? By than the tranny could be heading south for a long winter!!!

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If it doesnt have a dipstick then it is not a tranny at all.....
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Do you mean that you can't even change the fluid in these transmission because its a sealed unit?

I really don't understand this decision made by Kia to do away with the transmission dipstick??? How are we supposed to know when to change the fluid? Based on some idiot with a corner office saying the fluid should be changed every x miles? By than the tranny could be heading south for a long winter!!!

No you cannot service a sealed transmission. This is pretty industry standard these days, to service you must use a fluid exchange machine that connects via the cooler lines.
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Transmission isn't sealed...

But, since they define their ATF as a "lifetime fluid", there's no easy dipstick to check. Only 1 drain and 1 fill plugs.

In my own opinion, lifetime fluid is right... but they mean the life of the transmission itself, and as long as it's warranty + 1 day (or mile), it's fine with them.

Check on kiatechinfo.com, the procedure is documented. (but not easy for the novice)
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That's a new one! Lifetime Fluid! LOL! I have never seen transmission fluid last a lifetime even if their definition is only 100k.
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Do you mean that you can't even change the fluid in these transmission because its a sealed unit?

I really don't understand this decision made by Kia to do away with the transmission dipstick??? How are we supposed to know when to change the fluid? Based on some idiot with a corner office saying the fluid should be changed every x miles? By than the tranny could be heading south for a long winter!!!
I dout it was an "idiot" in a corner office but the certified and highly educated engineers they have that decided this. At any rate, the kiatechinfo does not show a service intervall for my 2010, but it is changable, so just keep and eye on it and from what I hear from good sources, when it stops looking redish change it.

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