Kia Optima: Automatic Transaxle Operation - Automatic Transaxle - Driving Your Vehicle - Kia Optima MS/Magentis 2000-2005 Owners ManualKia Optima: Automatic Transaxle Operation

The optional automatic transaxle is electronically controlled.

All normal forward driving is done with the shift lever in the D (Drive) position.

All normal forward driving is done with the shift lever in the D (Drive) position.

To move the shift lever from the P (Park) position, the ignition switch must be in the ON position, the brake pedal must be depressed and the lock release button must be depressed.

For smooth operation, depress the brake pedal when shifting from N (Neutral) to a forward or reverse gear.

WARNING - Automatic Transaxle WARNING - Automatic Transaxle

Before leaving the driver’s seat, always make sure the shift lever is in the P (PARK) position; then set the parking brake fully and shut the engine off. Unexpected and sudden vehicle movement can occur if these precautions are not followed in the order identified.

✽ NOTICE

Automatic Transaxle
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Transaxle Ranges
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