Kia Forte: Maintenance / Engine coolant

Kia Forte 2019-2020 (BD) Owners Manual / Maintenance / Engine coolant

The high-pressure cooling system has a reservoir filled with year round antifreeze coolant. The reservoir is filled at the factory.

Check the antifreeze protection and coolant level at least once a year: at the beginning of the winter season, and before traveling to a colder climate.

Checking the coolant level

WARNING

Removing radiator cap

Never attempt to remove the radiator cap while the engine is operating or hot. Doing so might lead to cooling system and engine damage and could result in serious personal injury from escaping hot coolant or steam.

WARNING - Cooling fan

Use caution when working near the blade of the cooling fan.The electric motor (cooling fan) is controlled by engine coolant temperature, refrigerant pressure and vehicle speed. it may sometimes operate even when the engine is not running.

■ Nu 2.0L MPI Engine (Gasoline)

■ Gamma 1.6L TGDI Engine (Gasoline)

Check the condition and connections of all cooling system hoses and heater hoses. Replace any swollen or deteriorated hoses.

The coolant level should be filled between F and L marks on the side of the coolant reservoir when the engine is cool.

If the coolant level is low, add enough specified coolant to provide protection against freezing and corrosion. Bring the level to F, but do not overfill. If frequent additions are required, see an authorized Kia dealer for a cooling system inspection.

✽ NOTICE

Make sure the coolant cap is properly closed after refilling the coolant. Otherwise the engine could be overheated while driving.

■ Engine room rear view - Gamma 1.6L TGDI Engine (Gasoline)

1. Make sure that the tiny protrusions inside the coolant cap are securely interlocked.

Recommended engine coolant

✽ NOTICE

Make sure that the coolant cap is properly closed after refilling the coolant. Otherwise the engine could overheat while driving.

For mixture percentage, refer to the following table.

■ Nu 2.0L MPI Engine (Gasoline)

■Gamma 1.6L TGDI Engine (Gasoline)

WARNING Radiator cap

Do not remove the radiator cap when the engine and radiator are hot. Scalding hot coolant and steam may blow out under pressure which may result in serious injury.

Changing the coolant

Have the coolant changed by an authorized Kia dealer according to the Maintenance Schedule at the beginning of this chapter.

CAUTION

Put a thick cloth or fabric around the radiator cap before refilling the coolant in order to prevent the coolant from overflowing into engine parts such as the alternator.

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