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Re: What to replace Kia/Hyundai SPIII with? [Re: 04SE] #5192941 08/21/19 01:11 PM
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SP-III/SP-IV or MaxLife seems to work well in Hyundai/Kia and Mitsu trannies.

Re: What to replace Kia/Hyundai SPIII with? [Re: 04SE] #5193013 08/21/19 02:31 PM
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My little Kia Rio loves idemitsu hk and a splash of lubegard red. Shifts like butter. Ravenol makes a sp3 equivalent that also looks very promising.

Re: What to replace Kia/Hyundai SPIII with? [Re: Smith5361] #5194158 08/22/19 08:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Smith5361
Originally Posted by KevinP
MaxLife ATF in both of my Kia transmissions. I have probably 70K on the fluid in both and notice no change in transmission behavior.

I drain/fill every 25K. It is "lifetime" fluid but I just prefer to keep the fluids clean.

Do the kias have a drain? Didnt think my wifes okd Optima did

Sorry...been out of the loop for awhile. Yes... there is a drain. It takes no longer than changing the oil to dump/fill these transmissions and with MaxLife ATF it is inexpensive.

Re: What to replace Kia/Hyundai SPIII with? [Re: SureshR] #5194311 08/23/19 01:28 AM
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Originally Posted by SureshR
Hi, I picked up a 2012 Hyundai i10 tiny hatchback for my wife to use as a local beater. It requires a Hyundai specific ATF MX3 spec transmission lube. As Iā€™m rather far from the nearest Hyundai service center, what is the nearest compatible equivalent in a more common standard like Dexron or Mercon?

Looks like a SP3 type fluid. Check this out šŸ‘‡...You might also look at Castrol Transmaxx or even Ravenol. I have to say, this was a new one (MX3) for me.

Good luck...

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