2001 Kia Optima 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 86,000 miles
I am back here again! Lol. This forum seemed to be the only place I can actually find useful kia answers. I am sure if I went to a dealer and had 200 bucks to spend they could diagnose it too ^_^. I am a graduate student with 30k in loans as is, so I am hoping to God this is just a fluid issue.
My new problem is, when I first start my car (and this just started in the last few days), it won't shift into reverse, I have to go down to Neutral, and then back up to reverse and THEN it will shift. Often times when doing this, it is very jerky going into reverse that way. Also, over the last month or two, I have noticed that while driving, the car shifts gears a little more rough than it used to.
I cannot find the fluid for the ATF, so I could use some help there. I know it probably needs flushing. However, this is all accompanied by a recent noise I hear while driving over 20mph. Its a humming or whining, not terribly bad yet, but getting worse. Could this also be from fluid?
I don't see any ATF fluid on the ground from my car, or oil of any sort. So unless something else besides a leak is taking the fluid away, it " shouldn't" be low. I just can't seem to find without getting it up on jacks, where my ATF dipstick (if I have one), is, or where I could add some fluid. I have 0 dollars to get Kia to look at this at the moment, so =(. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks so much!
Monday, August 23rd, 2010 AT 10:02 AM