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    DIY Kia Rondo Mantainence

    My son plans to change the oil, transmission fluid, and steering fluid. On a Kia Rondo, will this be a difficult task? What brand/kind of fluids are best for the Rondo and how much do you need to buy.

    BTW.. Hi eric. Miss you.
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    Hi Martie!

    Great to hear from you; have you seen the new main page? Click on "home" on the top left menu here r just go to www.epautos.com

    On the car:

    The oil change will probably be easiest/simplest and require only a few basic tools. At minimum he will need a socket/driver (or wrench) in the correct size to loosen the drain plug at the bottom of the engine and a filter wrench/adapter to loosen/remove the old oil filter. He needs to be sure he has the right tools before he starts. He will also need to know how much oil the engine holds (with the new filter). He can get this info at most auto parts stores, but if he's going to do any work on his vehicle, he should get a repair/service manual. Haynes or Chilton are two good choices and these are also usually available at the auto parts store. The manuals will have charts listing capacities as well as instructions on How-to. He's also going to need a catch pan and some way to safely raise/support the vehicle - such as a proper floor jack and jackstands. Do not get under the car using the factory tire change jack!

    As far as oil: Go with what the Kia manual recommends, in terms of viscosity (e.g., 5W-15 or whatever it is) and be sure the oil meets the minimum acceptable requirements. Usually, so long as you go with a well-known name-brand oil you'll be ok.

    Transmission service is more involved. Very few late model vehicles have transmission drain plugs, for example. Typically, the pan must be unbolted and removed to change the fluid/access the filter. This is a messy job! Some specialized tools may be required, too. And it is very important to use only the tranny fluid specified by the manufacturer.

    Power steering fluid changes will usually involve a suction pump or siphon of some sort. Again, you will need a manual to learn the specific procedures and requirements for your vehicle...











    Quote Originally Posted by martie View Post
    My son plans to change the oil, transmission fluid, and steering fluid. On a Kia Rondo, will this be a difficult task? What brand/kind of fluids are best for the Rondo and how much do you need to buy.

    BTW.. Hi eric. Miss you.
    Martie

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