Kia Carnival Owners Manual

Checking the coolant level
Maintenance / Engine coolant / Checking the coolant level

Kia Carnival: Checking the coolant level. WARNING - Removing radiator cap WARNING - Removing radiator cap

Kia Carnival: Checking the coolant level. 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 and could result in serious personal injury from escaping hot coolant or steam.

  • Turn the engine off and wait until it cools down. Use extreme 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.
  • Even if the engine is not operating, do not remove the radiator cap or the drain plug while the engine and radiator are hot. Hot coolant and steam may still blow out under pressure, causing serious injury.

Kia Carnival: Checking the coolant level. WARNING - Cooling fan WARNING - Cooling fan

Kia Carnival: Checking the coolant level. 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.

Kia Carnival: 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 and L marks on the side of the coolant reservoir when the engine is cool.

If the coolant level is low, add enough specified coolant to provide protection against freezing and corrosion. Bring the level to F, but do not overfill. If frequent additions are required, see an authorized Kia dealer for a cooling system inspection.

Recommended engine coolant

  • When adding coolant, use only deionized water or soft water for your vehicle and never mix hard water in the coolant filled at the factory. An improper coolant mixture can result in serious malfunction or engine damage.
  • The engine in your vehicle has aluminum engine parts and must be protected by an ethylene-glycolbased coolant to prevent corrosion and freezing.
  • DO NOT USE alcohol or methanol coolant or mix them with the specified coolant.
  • Do not use a solution that contains more than 60% antifreeze or less than 35% antifreeze, which would reduce the effectiveness of the solution.

For mixture percentage, refer to the following table.

Kia Carnival: Checking the coolant level.

Kia Carnival: Checking the coolant level.

Kia Carnival: Checking the coolant level. WARNING - Radiator cap WARNING - Radiator cap

Kia Carnival: Checking the coolant level. 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 which may result in serious injury.


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