Kia Forte: Engine coolant - Maintenance - Kia Forte TD 2014-2019 Owners ManualKia Forte: Engine coolant

Second generation YD (2014-2019) / Kia Forte TD 2014-2019 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.

WARNING - Cooling fan

Use caution when working near the blade of the cooling fan. The electric motor


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.

Checking the coolant level

Check the condition and connections of all cooling system hoses and heater hoses.


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 (MAX) and L (MIN) marks on the side of the coolant reservoir when the engine is cool.

If the coolant level is low, add enough specified coolant or distilled (deionized) water to provide protection against freezing and corrosion. Bring the level to F (MAX), but do not overfill.

If frequent coolant addition is required, see an authorized Kia dealer for a cooling system inspection.

Recommended engine coolant

For mixture percentage, refer to the following table.


WARNING Radiator cap


WARNING Radiator cap

Do not remove the radiator cap when the engine and radiator are hot. Scalding


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

CAUTION - Removing radiator cap

Never attempt to remove the radiator cap while the engine is operating or


Never attempt to remove the radiator cap while the engine is operating or hot. Doing so might lead to cooling system and engine damage.

Turn the engine off and wait until it cools down. Use care when removing the radiator cap. Wrap a thick towel around it, and turn it counterclockwise slowly to the first stop.

Step back while the pressure is released from the cooling system. When you are sure all the pressure has been released, press down on the cap, using a thick towel, and continue turning counterclockwise to remove it.

Changing the coolant

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

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