Transmission fluid in Hyundais

I noticed in the manual for my '06 Sonata that the transmission is only supposed to be fed some sort of proprietary SP III fluid. I was at the dealer today for a headlight issue. While wandering around, I noticed that
they had boxes - kind of like those wine boxes - of transmission fluid. The box said "BG Universal Synthetic ATF" part number 3123. I asked, and was told that that fluid is what is used by them in the new Hyundai transmissions. That said, I guess the requirement for the $8.00 a quart specially blessed fluid is non-existent. After all, what would be so different about one brand of synthetic fluid, and another?
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Hint: Look at your local AutoParts store for: ATF-3, or ATF-3plus, it's available at normal prices. It's also used in Misutbishi and Crysler trams.
DO NOT use Mercrom-III or Dextron-III, not compatible at all.

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so are you saying the in hyundia's you can use chrysler fluid atf+3 which is the same as the older chryslers fluid 7136 and the atf+4 which is used in the 2000+ chryslers In hyundia's products which call for sp111 fluid ----- Original Message -----
Newsgroups: alt.autos.hyundai Sent: Saturday, December 31, 2005 12:28 AM Subject: Re: Transmission fluid in Hyundais

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DO NOT use anything but SP ! You can void your warranty. Hyundai transmissions are very sensitive to the wrong fluid. Check out http://www.elantraclub.com/forum/index.php?showtopic "16 It should help with understanding why you need to use SP3. Also, ATF+3 is not the same thing.
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ATF +3 was what the dealer used to change my wife Elantra 2002 tram, my Santa Fe 2003 also called for SPIII, so I toped both with ATF-3+, so far so good, if the dealer used it for the whole tram, why I cannot used it for refilling ??? Both cars call for SPIII.

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Victor A. Garcia wrote:

How do you fit a tram in your car? Where do you affix the cables?
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Well ... err ... first, you fit the missing 's' into tram, like this: ' trans ' ; or better call it a ' tranny ' ... I must be getting old and forgetful, OK, replaced the 'must be' by: "I'm".

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I have read all the posts about the transmission fluid.
I talked to a regional representative who works with the tranny people at both Hyundai and Kia. He told me the following:
*There has not been one reported failure of a transmission due to fluid for anyone who has used ATF+3 (Chrysler-Mitsubishi-Hyundai specified) as a replacement for SP-III. It can be considered to be a very good substitute, especially since (he admits) the distribution for SPIII has not gone like they had hoped. Type F and the various Dexron's are NOT a good substitute.
*That universal synthetic used by the dealership's is an excellent fluid, but expensive and hard-to-get for the regular consumer; same with the new ATF+4, though they expect that to change in auto parts stores and more, given 18-24 months.
*The 5-speed transmission mated to various Hyundai-Kia vehicles (like the XG-350, the Sedona minivan and the new V-6 Sonata) has been a very good transmission, and the new 4-speeds being placed into the cars as they are being re-designed (both the smaller ones in cars like the Accent and the bigger ones in cars like in the 4-cylinder Sonata) have been tested to show that they may end up being some of the finest in the industry.
Hope this helps.
Thomas Wenndt

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first off i purchased the extended warranty to have a bumper to bumper warranty. in order to be sure there would be no dealer/factory warranty issues during the 10/100,000 warranty i pay them their pound of flesh, buy the factory recommended oil and filter from them and self install to save money. my 2001 accent has had its share of misery but when they accused me of not following their pricey scheduled maintenance(engine tappets went bad @40k miles) i shoved my dealer purchased receipts under their noses to prove them wrong. my only exception to dealer bought is i use "mobil one" synthetic engine oil. they even tried to tell me thats no good for hyundai engines.
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New car, why take a chance on the warranty? Also from experience, there is a difference between tranny fluids.
Stick with OEM stuff to keep the warranty good. It's like oil and filters. There IS a difference.
Good luck.
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You don't have to use OEM fluids or parts to maintain your warranty. That is the law (I can't remember off-hand the name of the act that made this law). However, you do have to use fluids and parts that meet the specifications of the car maker. As long as you use oils, antifreeze, etc., that meets the specs, then they can't deny you warranty coverage.
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Mine doesn't need any yet. I'm just looking forward to the point where I will be changing it - part of it anyway. The point to me bringing this up is the fact that the dealer - a Hyundai dealer - I bought the car from DOES NOT use the SP III fluid when they do a transmission service. They use BG universal synthetic fluid. I suppose if the tranny burns up under warranty, they'll just point to the records saying that they did a fluid change at X miles. No accountability as to what they changed it with.
As to the fluid turning brown quickly, I suspect it's partly due to the lack of a filter, and the normal wear particles having nowhere to go except to get suspended in the fluid. Actually, the transmission has a "filter", but it's really just a very fine mesh screen. I do plan on adding an external filter http://www.magnefine.com/ It can't hurt. Here's one that someone cut open after 28,000 miles http://www.v6performance.net/forums/showthread.php?t `257
It also is not a requirement to flush the transmission.... From the manual: REPLACEMENT If you have a fluid changer, use this changer to replace the fluid. If you do not, replace it using the following procedure. 1.. Disconnect the hose which connects the transmission and the oil cooler which is within the radiator only in 2.4L engine(3.3L-the oil cooler is separated). 2.. Start the engine and let the fluid drain out. Running conditions : "N" range with engine idling.
CAUTION The engine should be stopped within one minute after it is started. If the fluid has all drained out before then, the engine should be stopped at that point........
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To Diarmud387 - Car manufacturers do not make tranny fluids or motor oils. Nor do they manufacturer filters. Stick with the standards they specify and you'll be all right. At the level of the standards, tranny fluid is tranny fluid, motor oil is motor oil, etc. Sure there are different grades above the standards and they are not a bad option for those who want an extra measure of security, but there is no such thing as Ford Tranny Fluid, or GM Tranny Fluid, or Hyundai Tranny Fluid. What they sell in their private label containers for inflated prices is the same stuff you can buy in the aftermarket. Just be sure to know the specification of the fluid. It's illegal for the auto manufacturer to hold your warranty hostage to using their private label fluids. They can only hold you to the specified standard.

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You're probably right, for the very reasons I stated above to the previous poster. Look at your Hyundai warranty - does it specifically state that you must use Hyundai Transmission Fluid, or does it specify a standard? To be honest I have not looked at mine, but it would really surprise me if they tried to force their private label on consumers.

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Here's my twist on what you describe above...
I service the tranny - drain it, install new filter, clean the pan to remove filings, etc., replace the filter and close it up. Then to get the ATF out of the torque converter and the intercooler, I remove the connection at the intercooler and start the car. I let the tranny pump out fluid into a bucket, and with a very scientific "best guess" rate of pour, I add fluid as it pumps the remainder of the old fluid out. You can tell when you've cycled all of the old fluid out by watching what pumps out. When you start to see the nice, bright, new color pumping out, you've done it all. Put the line back on the intercooler, double check your ATF level and call it a job well done. You're typically within the one quart range, certainly within two with this procedure. I suppose you could well argue that one quart of used ATF won't really contaminate the new stuff, but it's a practice I picked up years ago and it's stuck with me over time.
BTW - good link to those pics of the filter cut apart. The owner of that car has some serious problems though, and that filter is not going to help him much. That's one hell of a lot of metal filing for such a short driving distance. He's got bigger problems than a filter.
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But, there's NO aftermarket SP-III fluid. Just like there's no aftermarket Chrysler ATF +4 fluid. [Fireproof suite mode ON] Amsoil's web site says: "AMSOIL ATF is recommended for transmission, hydraulic and other applications requiring any of the following specifications:" a.. Chrysler ATF+ through ATF+4 a.. Mitsubishi/Hyundai Diamond SP II & III + many others.... This should not be confused to mean "Meets SP-III specifications"
Royal Purple's site says "no RP equivalent" for Hyundai and Chrysler.
BG's site says "BG Universal Synthetic ATF is the superior choice to use in all passenger and commercial automatic transmissions." This is the magic stuff that the dealer uses in Hyundai ATM's
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Good luck.

It looks like they are forcing the use of theirs only..... Not a word about compatible. Who'd like to try a Magnuson Moss claim?
From TSB 03-40-019:
USE OF NON-APPROVED AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FLUIDS:
Only Hyundai SPIII is approved for use in Hyundai vehicles beginning with the 1996 model year. Use of aftermarket additives or other types of ATF, such as Chrysler/Mopar ATF+3, Dexron and Mercon, are not approved for use in Hyundai vehicles and may affect driveability or damage the transaxle. Damage caused by a non-specified fluid is not covered by your new vehicle limited warranty.
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Hey, It's in the manual as THE procedure. Unfortunately, there's no "install new filter, clean the pan to remove filings, etc., replace the filter and close it up" because there's no way to get at the filter as it's under the valve body. Much dissasembly required. In fact, dealers can't even open up the transmission according to Hyundai! Also, the "pan" is vertical.
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So - it's just a drain process like the motor oil? Sheeze! Easy, but not horribly reassuring. What are the histories of these trannies? Are they holding up for a couple hundred thousand miles?
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I believe it's already been established that because of the proprietary nature of many new transmission fluids that the manufacturer can require you to use one of those fluids and not be in violation of Magnuson-Moss.
I also believe you should demand your dealer use ONLY Hyundai SPIII in your vehicle.
These so-called good-for-everything fluids are very dubious in my opinion. Different fluid specifications require different friction and viscosity properties.
I work at a dealer which has both Dodge and Hyundai and have yet to be able to confirm whether ATF+4 is equivalent to SPIII, although I think there's a reasonable possibility this may be so. There were some problems here because we used good-for-everything fluid in some Chrysler transmissions. They later developed some problems, I believe mostly with the torque converter clutch system.
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i used a so call equivalent in my 2001 elantra VE and now my automatic transmission is acting up... brought it into the dealer for a flush and inspection and was told that the damage is done, start to save for a transmission The tranny slips until it get warmed up and it is very hard to shift into drive when its cold.
so spend the extra 30$ and but Hyundai fluid. this will end up costing me 2000$ for a rebuilt tranny installed.

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Actually, mine is a brand new Sonata, so it will be a while before I need any. I brought it up because I was at the dealer to have them adjust the headlights, and do a tire balance 'cause it was shaking since mile 0. After the tech. said she didn't feel the shaking, I decided to watch her do the balance. It was off by 1.25 on one of the tires. While I was back there, I watched them feed a pretty new Hyundai the BG fits-all stuff. I was rather surprised that a dealer would violate the manufacturer recommendations on cars that were under warranty. I have no intention of doing so on my Hyundai, or my Chrysler (+4).
Hyundaitech: any issues with adding an in line filter being that the one in the transmission cannot be changed (by any reasonable means, that is)? Thanks.
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I don't think I'd add an in-line filter while in the warranty period. There may be claims that it restricts proper fluid flow or that particles came out of the filter or some other claim.
Both those things are realistic possibilities, so I'd be sure about what I bought even outside the warranty period. I'd want to make especially certain I purchased something with flawless specs and reputation.
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maybye the newer models are different but everyone i know of with a auto hyundai it recommends the hyun/diamondspec fluid. if it was me and i had a automatic id go for the hyun oil. saving 35.00 over a few years vs 1000's for transmission repair seems futile..

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