Kia Optima: Downshifting - Manual Transaxle - Driving Your Vehicle - Kia Optima MS/Magentis 2000-2005 Owners ManualKia Optima: Downshifting

When you must slow down in heavy traffic or while driving up steep hills, downshift before the engine starts to “labor’’. Downshifting reduces the chance of stalling and gives better acceleration when you again need to increase your speed. When the vehicle is traveling down steep hills, downshifting helps maintain safe speed and prolongs brake life.

Recommended Shifting
Drive the vehicle in the highest gear that allows the engine to run and accelerate smoothly without hesitating or stalling. This will give you the most efficient fuel economy and emission control. ...

Automatic Transaxle
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Starting the engine with an ignition key
1. Make sure the parking brake is applied. 2. Manual Transaxle - Depress the clutch pedal fully and shift the transaxle into Neutral. Keep the clutch pedal and brake pedal depressed while turning t ...

Removal
1. Remove the battery and the battery tray. (Refer to "Charging system" in EE group.) 2. Remove the under cover (A). Tightening torque:7.8 ~ 11 ...

Inspection
1. Check the steering column for damage and deformation. 2. Check the joint bearing for damage and wear. 3. Check the tilt bracket for damage and ...

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