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I am a maintenance hound. 14,975 miles on my 2019 FE 6 Speed - time for new transmission gear lube, of course!

Factory Instruction PDF attached. I did the procedure today (Covid19 Project) and have some comments and pics to add.

From what I could find, the Red Line MT-LV fluid is the best bang for the buck, check it out. Fully synthetic, GL-4, 70W/75W - good to go.


Here we go:

Jack it up safely in the front:
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Remove the Front Under Cover:

Remove the 19 (yes freaking 19, yeah nineteen) fasteners that secure the under cover / front skid plate to the car.
A 10mm socket / ratchet and a small flat head is all that is needed.
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-7 screws and 12 plastic clips secure that front panel (notice one of my plastic clips is from a Polari ATV s - broke one last time)
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Here is the cover, off:
RED is screw locations
YELLOW is plastic clip locations
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Remove and Clean the Fill Plug
17mm Wrench, drain pan
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Remove and Clean the Drain Plug. Drain Stinky Fluid
17mm Wrench, drain pan
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The drain and fill plugs are identical:
I re-used the plugs gaskets, because I can, that;s why.
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After 5-10 minutes of fluid drain, lift the rear of the car so it is level, then install drain plug to specification - see attached instructions.
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Drain plug:
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Get your Red Line MT-LV fluid ready.

I used this pumper from Amazon - worked great:

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Pump in the MT-LV Fluid
My transmission took all 2 qts, the spec us 1.9 US Qts. See instructions in the first post.

Install Fill Plug and Tighten to spec - see instruction PDF:
I re-used the plugs gaskets, because I can, that's why.
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Install the Front Under Cover:

Install the 19 (yes freaking 19, yeah nineteen) fasteners that secure the under cover / front skid plate to the car.
A 10mm socket / ratchet is all that is needed.

RED is screw locations
YELLOW is plastic clip locations
Screw.JPG


Install the rear most fastener first - it has a built in tab that hangs it on the mounting locating to make it easier:
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Take it off the jacks and RUN IT!

Good Luck

Tools used:
Jack
Jack Stand
10mm, 1/4" drive socket (not in pic)
Amazon Boat Gear Lube Pumper
Drain Pan
Small Flathead Screwdriver
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So how does the Red Line MT-LV work? Just got back from a 10 mile drive and I immediately noticed that shifting is much smoother, in / out of any gear is effortless and quiet. Very nice to be able to feel a real difference right away.

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I had great luck with Redline in my 2011, but in my 2015, it was definitely worse than the original oil. For my vintage Forte, I would recommend people stay with the OEM oil.
 

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I had great luck with Redline in my 2011, but in my 2015, it was definitely worse than the original oil. For my vintage Forte, I would recommend people stay with the OEM oil.
Good point for thought. I believe, recently, Kia switched specification from a "normal" weight GL-4 gear lube (75w90 or something) and now switched to the GL-4 70w for 2019 Forte.

The Red Line MT-LV meets all specs of the 2019 Kia Forte OEM oil, plus it is synthetic. I researched what I could, and this was the best alternative I could find other than factory oil. I wanted synthetic though and the Red Line MT-LV was easy to find.

So far, so good.
 
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