KIA Niro: Shift dial SBW type of DCT warning messages

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Shift dial SBW type of DCT warning messages

A: Steep grade! Press brake pedal

  • To hold the vehicle on an incline use the foot brake or the parking brake.
  • When in stop-and-go traffic on an incline, allow a gap to form ahead of you before moving the vehicle forward. Then hold the vehicle on the incline with the foot brake.
  • If the vehicle is held on a hill by applying the accelerator pedal or by creeping with brake pedal disengaged, the clutch and transmission may overheat which can result in damage. At this time, a warning message will appear on the LCD display.
  • If the LCD warning is active, the foot brake must be applied.
  • Ignoring the warnings can lead to damage to the transmission.

Shift dial SBW type of DCT warning messages

A: Transmission temp. is high! Stop safely

  • Under certain conditions, such as repeated stop-and-go launches on steep grades, sudden take off or acceleration, or other harsh driving conditions, the transmission clutch temperatures will increase excessively. Finally the clutch in transmission could be overheated.

NOTICE

When driving in stop-and-go traffic, in stop condition, to reduce the driving stress and have better transmission operation move the shift lever to N (Neutral) or P (Parking) position.

  • When the clutch is overheated, the safe protection mode engages and the gear position indicator on the cluster blinks with a chime. At this time, "Transmission temp. is high! Stop safely" warning message will appear on the LCD display and driving may not be smooth.
  • If this occurs, pull over to a safe location, stop the vehicle with the engine running, apply the parking brake after shifting the vehicle to N (Neutral) with the brake pedal depressed, and allow the transmission to cool.
  • If you ignore this warning, the driving condition may become worse. You may experience abrupt shifts, frequent shifts, or jerkiness. To return to the normal driving condition, stop the vehicle and apply the foot brake or shift into P (Park). Then allow the transmission to cool for a few minutes with engine on, before driving off.
  • When possible, drive the vehicle smoothly.

Shift dial SBW type of DCT warning messages

Shift dial SBW type of DCT warning messages

Shift dial SBW type of DCT warning messages

  1. Transmission Hot! Park with engine on
  2. Cooling... Remain parked for 00 min.
  3. Transmission cooled down. Resume driving
  • If the vehicle continues to be driven and the clutch temperatures reach the maximum temperature limit, the "Transmission hot! Park with engine On" warning will be displayed.

    When this occurs the clutch is disabled until the clutch cools to normal temperatures.

  • The warning will display a time to wait for the transmission to cool.
  • If this occurs, pull over to a safe location, stop the vehicle with the engine running, apply the brakes and shift the vehicle to P (Park), and allow the transmission to cool.
  • When the message "Trans cooled. Resume driving." appears you can continue to drive your vehicle.
  • When possible, drive the vehicle smoothly.

If any of the warning messages in the LCD display continue to blink, for your safety, We recommend have the system checked by an authorised Kia dealer/service partner.

WARNING

To reduce the risk of serious injury or death:

  • Always check the surrounding areas near your vehicle for people, especially children, before shifting a vehicle into D (Drive) or R (Reverse).
  • Before leaving the driver's seat, always make sure the gear is in the P (Park) position; then set the parking brake, and place the ignition switch in the LOCK/OFF position. Unexpected and sudden vehicle movement can occur if these precautions are not followed.
  • Always fully depress the brake pedal before and while shifting out of the P (Park) into another position to avoid inadvertent motion of the vehicle which could injure persons in or around the vehicle.
  • After the vehicle has stopped, always make sure the gear is in P (Park), apply the parking brake, and turn the vehicle off.
  • Do not use the P (Park) position in place of the parking brake. Always make sure the gear is in P (Park) position and set the parking brake fully.
  • Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle.
  • Do not drive with the gear in N (Neutral).

    The engine brake will not work and lead to an accident.

  • To avoid damage to your transmission, do not try to accelerate with the shift lever in R (Reverse) or any forward gear position with the brake engaged.
  • Do not use the engine brake (shifting from a high gear to lower gear) rapidly rapidly on slippery roads. The vehicle may slip causing an accident.
  • Shifting into P (Park) while the vehicle is in motion will cause the drive wheels to lock which will cause you to lose control of the vehicle.
  • When parking on an incline, block the wheels to prevent the vehicle from rolling down.
  • For safety, always engage the parking brake with the gear in the P (Park) position except for the case of emergency parking.
  • DCT failure
  • Do not use aggressive engine braking (shifting from a higher gear to a lower gear) on slippery roads. This could cause the tires to slip and may result in an accident.
  • Do not shift into gear unless your foot is firmly on the brake pedal.

    Shifting into gear when the engine is running at high speed can cause the vehicle to move very rapidly.

    You could lose control of the vehicle and hit people or objects.

  • When stopped on a slope, do not hold the vehicle with accelerator pedal. Engage the service brake or the parking brake.
  • If the transmission cannot shift into D (Drive) or R (Reverse), the position indicator (D or R) on the cluster will blink. We recommend that you contact an authorized Kia dealer/ service partner to have the system checked.

CAUTION

  • Always come to a complete stop before shifting into or out of R (Reverse); you may damage the transmission if you shift into R (Reverse) while the vehicle is in motion, except as explained in "Rocking the vehicle".
  • Always park the vehicle in P (Park) for safety and engage the parking brake.

    If left in N (Neutral), the vehicle may move and cause serious damage and injury.

  • After the vehicle has been turned off, the electronic parking brake cannot be disengaged.
  • For EPB (Electronic Parking Brake) equipped vehicles with AUTO HOLD function used while driving, if the vehicle is in OFF position, the electronic parking brake will be engaged automatically. Therefore, AUTO HOLD function should be turned off before the vehicle is in OFF position.
  • Do not shift from N (Neutral) or P (Park) into D (Drive), or R (Reverse) when the engine is above idle speed.

    The transmission may be damaged if you shift into P (Park) while the vehicle is in motion.

NOTICE

Manual mode

For shift lever type

  • The driver must execute upshifts in accordance with road conditions, taking care to keep the engine speed below the red zone.
  • Downshifts are made automatically when the vehicle slows down. When the vehicle stops, 1st gear is automatically selected.
  •  When the engine rpm approaches the red zone shift points are varied to upshift automatically.
  • To maintain the required levels of vehicle performance and safety, the system may not execute certain gearshifts when the gear is operated.
  • When driving on a slippery road, shift into the 2nd gear which is better for smooth driving on a slippery road.
  • Always come to a complete stop before shifting into D (Drive) or R (Reverse).
  • Do not put the shift lever in N (Neutral) while driving.
  • The driver must execute upshifts in accordance with road conditions, taking care to keep the engine speed below the red zone.
  • Only the 6 or 7 forward gears can be selected. To reverse or park the vehicle, move the gear to the R (Reverse) or P (Park) position as required.
  • Downshifts are made automatically when the vehicle slows down. When the vehicle stops, 1st gear is automatically selected.
  • The fuel efficiency may decrease.
  • If the driver presses the lever to + (Up) or - (Down) position, the transmission may not make the requested gear change if the next gear is outside of the allowable engine rpm range.

For DCT type

  • When manual mode is activated: The engine rpm will tend to remain raised over a certain length of time even after releasing the accelerator.

    Upshifts are delayed when accelerating.

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