Sonata transmission fluid level

Discussion in 'Hyundai Sonata' started by Bob Westerlund, May 25, 2004.

  1. New 2004 Sonata LX V6 just purchased and driven about 400 miles, then I
    checked fluid levels. The automatic transmission fluid level is1 quart low.
    No sign of a leak. Is it possible it was not filled completely before
    delivery?
     
    Bob Westerlund, May 25, 2004
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    Jason Guest

    Yeah, they do that.
     
    Jason, May 25, 2004
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  3. What is the difference between "recall" and "TSB"?
     
    Sudip Bhattacharjee, May 25, 2004
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    FerdyPooh Guest

    Why do they do that? My 2004 Sonata was delivered the same way--
     
    FerdyPooh, May 25, 2004
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    hyundaitech Guest

    Your car may not have been completely warm when you checked it. The dealer
    should have checked this during their predelivery inspection. Be sure to
    check the fluid hot, idling in Neutral. If it's low, have the dealer add
    some.
    They should have no problem with this. It's unlikely you have a leak and
    more likely it was just underfilled.
     
    hyundaitech, May 25, 2004
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    hyundaitech Guest

    A recall is any service procedure which is specified to be done free of
    charge to rectify a specific problem which exists in an automobile.
    Normal warranty periods do not apply to recalls. Most recalls exist for
    the life of the vehicle and relate to safety issues.

    A tsb is an official publication intended to assist the technician in
    diagnosing and repairing the vehicle. It may list known problems, correct
    incorrect shop manual information, tell of new parts, advise on diagnostic
    procedure, or any variety of things.
     
    hyundaitech, May 25, 2004
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    Bob Guest

    Thanks for responding Jason and hyundaitech. There is no Hyundai dealer
    closer than about an hour from me. I made sure it was hot and idling in
    nuetral and checked it again and it was indeed low. I bought a quart of
    "Mitsubishi Diamond SP III" trans fluid and added about 3/4 quart which
    brought it up to just a tad below the full hot mark. I noticed there is a
    TSP(on webtech site) reminding the dealer to check trans fluid level and add
    as necessary before delivery. I guess my dealer didn't check it. 900 miles
    now on the odometer and the car is flawless so far. I think I'll be happy
    with this car.
     
    Bob, May 25, 2004
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    Jason Guest

    A quart here, a quart there... It adds up. Hyundai is keeping their
    prices low by cutting corners all over the place. Still, aside from
    little annoyances like this one, my 03 Sonata LX has been
    problem-free.
     
    Jason, May 26, 2004
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    theta00k Guest

    Are you saying yours too came low on ATF?? How much was added to your
    tranny?
     
    theta00k, May 28, 2004
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    Jason Guest

    I don't remember exactly. I think it was about 3/4 of a quart.
     
    Jason, May 28, 2004
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    theta00k Guest

    Did you do it yourself?
     
    theta00k, May 28, 2004
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    Jason Guest

    Of course not. Why should I have to?
     
    Jason, May 29, 2004
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    Bob Guest

     
    Bob, May 29, 2004
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    theta00k Guest

    So your dealer did it. They probably didn't file a claim for that bottle of
    ATF since it shoulda been done during PDI. HMA pays the dealers for PDI
    labor+parts. Why Hyundai would ask the dealers to check the ATF level must be
    a mystery to you if you think they want to keep their prices low by
    underfilling trannies by "a quart here, a quart there"...
    http://www.hmaservice.com/webtech/iindex.asp?id=394890107#_394890107
     
    theta00k, May 29, 2004
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    Jason Guest

     
    Jason, May 30, 2004
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