Automatic Transaxle

The highly efficient Hyundai automatic transaxle has four forward speeds and

The highly efficient Hyundai automatic transaxle has four forward speeds and one reverse speed. It has a conventional shift pattern as shown in the illustration.


Never shift into "R" or "P" position while the car is moving.


the button when shifting Depress the brake pedal and push
the button when shifting

The selector lever can be shifted Push the button when shifting

freely. The selector lever can be shifted

For optimum fuel economy, accelerate gradually. The transaxle will automatically shift to the second, third and overdrive gears.

The function of each position is as follows:

o P (Park):

Use to hold the vehicle in place when parking or while starting the engine. Whenever parking the car, apply the parking brake and shift the selector lever to the "P" (Park) position.


Never place the selector lever in the "P" (Park) position unless the vehicle is fully stopped. Failure to observe this caution will cause severe damage to the transaxle.

o R(Reverse):

Use for backing up the vehicle. Bring the car to a complete stop before shifting the selector lever to "R" position.

o N (Neutral):

In the "N" position, the transaxle is in neutral position, which means that no gears are engaged. The engine can be started with the shift lever in "N" position, although this is not recommended except if the engine stalls while the car is moving.

o D (Drive):

Use for normal driving. Bring the car to a complete stop before shifting the selector to "D" position. The transaxle will automatically shift through a four-gear sequence. Never downshift manually to "2" position or "L" position when vehicle speed is more than 60 mph (96 km/h).

o 2 (Second gear):

Use for driving on a slippery road, hill climbing or engine braking downhill. "2" automatically shifts between first and second gears. This means that no shift-up to 3rd gear is performed. However, the shift-up to third gear is done when the car speed exceeds a certain value to prevent the engine from over-revving. Manually move the selector to "D" returning to normal driving condition.

o L (Low gear):

Use for driving up a very steep grade or for engine braking when descending steep hills. When downshifting to "L", the transaxle will temporarily remain in second gear until the vehicle has slowed enough for low gear to engage. Do not exceed 31 mph (50 km/h) in low gear.


o For smooth and safe operation, depress the brake pedal when shifting from "Neutral" position or "Park" position to a forward or reverse gear.

o The ignition key must be in the "ON" position and the brake pedal fully depressed in order to move the shift lever from the "P" (Park) position to any of the other positions.

o It is always possible to shift from "R", "N", "D", "2", "L" position to "P" position.


o Shift into "R", "D" and "P" position only when the vehicle has completely stopped.

o Do not accelerate the engine in reverse or any of the forward positions with the brakes applied.

o Always apply the footbrake when shifting from "P" or "N", to "R", "D", "2" or "L" position.

o Do not use the "P" (Park) position in place of the parking brake. Always set the parking brake, shift the transaxle into "P" (Park) position and turn off the ignition when you leave the vehicle, even momentarily. Never leave the vehicle unattended while the engine is running.

o When accelerating from a stop on a steep hill, the vehicle may have a tendency to roll backwards. Shifting the shift lever into 2nd gear will help prevent the vehicle from rolling backwards.

o Check the automatic transaxle fluid level regularly, and add fluid as necessary.

o See the maintenance schedule for the proper fluid recommendation.

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