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Hyundai Accent Transmissions: Overview, Problems, Fluids

Hyundai Accent Transmissions: Overview, Problems, Fluids

Hyundai Accent is one of the most dependable subcompact cars you can find on the market right now. The car has spawned over four generations and has produced numerous models with varying specifications. This article entails a detailed analysis of all the transmissions used in Hyundai Accent, along with their problems and cost.

The first-gen and second-gen Hyundai Accent have 5-speed manual (KM302, M5CF1) & 4-speed auto (F4A32, A4AF3) transmissions. The third-gen comes with a 4-speed auto, 5-speed manual, 6-speed manual (M6CF1), 6-speed auto (A6GF1), and a CVT transmission. The latest generation is equipped with 6-speed auto, 6-speed manual (M6CF1), 7-speed DCT, and a C0GF1 CVT transmission.

Transmissions play a significant role in the functioning of any car. If you own a Hyundai Accent or plan to buy one, it is essential to know all the ins and outs of this car. What transmission fluid you should use in your Hyundai Accent, how much will it cost, and what problems can you expect in such transmissions – knowing these things can come in handy for an Accent owner. Give this detailed article a read to learn all you need to know about transmissions used in Hyundai Accent.

What Transmission Has the Hyundai Accent Used?

First Generation (1999-2004)

  • KM302 5-speed Manual Transmission
  • F4A32 4-speed Automatic Transmission

Second Generation (2005-09)

  • M5CF1 Manual Transmission
  • A4AF3 4-speed Automatic Transmission

Third Generation (2010-16)

  • A6GF1 6-speed Automatic Transmission
  • M6CF1 Manual Transmission
  • 5-Speed Manual
  • 7-speed DCT
  • 7-speed CVT

Fourth Generation (2017-21)

  • M6CF1 Manual Transmission
  • C05GF1 CVT
  • 7-speed DCT

How Long Does a Hyundai Accent Transmission Last?

 Different transmissions have a different life span. It largely depends on the way you’ve maintained it. An adequately maintained Hyundai Accent transmission can easily last for 150,000 miles. This roughly translates to about 11-12 years. You might have to spend a few dollars on its repair and maintenance during all this time, but your transmission won’t completely give in. To ensure the longevity of your Hyundai Accent transmission, check the transmission fluid regularly, maintain the cooling system, and service your transmission after every 20k-30k miles.

How Much Does a Transmission Cost?

Hyundai Accent has seen several different transmissions throughout its generations. The price of these transmissions is not the same across each of its generations; it varies. Since there are several models of Hyundai Accent, it can be challenging to find the replacement cost of the transmission that your model uses. However, we have enlisted the prices of the major transmission models in the following table. After going through the websites of several online retailers, here are the prices* of the Hyundai Accent transmission we found.

F4A32 4-speed Automatic Transmission$2350
A4AF3 4-speed Automatic Transmission$2409
A6GF1 6-speed Automatic Transmission$2360
C0GF1 Automatic Transmission$2550

*These prices do not include the labor cost. If you cannot find your transmission model in this table, you can look it up on Autozone.

Common Transmission Problems

First-Gen Transmission Problems

  • Transmission failure; resulting in hard shifting from low gear to high gear. This problem prominently manifests at speeds of 10 to 20 mph, during which it takes longer to shift from first to second gear. This problem can be solved by changing the transmission.
  • Vibration while shifting. This problem usually signals some issues with the transmission fluid. The transmission fluid might need changing or the fluid level might be low.
  • 1999 Hyundai Accent users have reported that their car didn’t shift gears correctly. The problem is not necessarily related to transmission; it might be due to a faulty input-output sensor. Change the input-output sensor on the transmission to get rid of this problem
  • P0734 code:  4th gear Incorrect Error. This problem occurs in the transmission due to a designing fault. To confirm whether your car has got this problem or not, drop the transmission fluid pan. If you see shredded metallic pins on the magnet, you most likely have this very problem. This problem can be rectified by replacing your current bearing kit with a new one.

Also read: The Types Of Gas A Hyundai Accent Takes (Explained)

Second-Gen Transmission Problems

  • Users have reported hearing a loud thud every time the car is put into drive. This problem is associated with the 2007 model of the Hyundai Accent. Plus, despite pressing on the gas pedal, the car does not move until it is at 2500-3000 RPM. If your car is showing these symptoms, it is likely due to a low level of transmission fluid. Refill the transmission fluid to solve this issue.
  • Another common problem reported in Hyundai Accent 2008 model is that it’s not allowing the car to go past the third gear. This problem is caused by a transmission pressure solenoid going out – that needs to be replaced. However, before doing so, we suggest you run the codes to confirm whether this is the issue with your transmission or not.
  • Hyundai Accent won’t shift out of the first gear. The tell-tale sign of this problem is a dark brown color of transmission fluid. The problem is due to faulty transmission. In extreme cases, the transmission might have failed internally.

Third-Gen Transmission Problems

  • Noise and burning smell from the engine. This occurs due to a very low level of transmission fluid in the car. If you’ve recently refilled the transmission fluid, the underlying cause might be a leak in the transmission system itself.
  • Faulty seals in the transmission or driveshaft that leads to a fluid leak. This problem can be solved by using a transmission gasket seal.
  • Problem changing gears coupled with an unexplainable rattling sound. This problem occurs due to cross-contamination or a clogged transmission fluid filter. A thorough transmission fluid filter service would solve this issue.
  • Transmission is slipping and there is no issue with the transmission fluid. This means the solenoid in your transmission has been damaged. The solenoid is usually damaged due to electronic problems.

Fourth-Gen Transmission Problems

  • The most notable problem in the Hyundai Accent 2017 is the transmission failure of the A7-speed dual-clutch transmission. This problem then manifests itself by showcasing rough gear shifting, excessive power loss, and frequent stalling.
  • Users of the Hyundai Accent 2018 model have also reported compromised input and output sensors, broken transmission range switch, and oil pump failures, especially with cars having mileage over 100k miles.

Difference Between Transmissions

Here is a table that enlists the significant differences between the main transmissions used across different generations of a Honda CR-V.

ModelDrive-trainMaximum Engine TorqueGross Vehicle Weight
F4A32 4-speed Automatic TransmissionFWD133 Nm1355 kg
A4AF3 4-speed Automatic TransmissionFWD144 Nm1555 kg
M6CF1 Manual TransmissionFWD146 Nm1500 kg
A6GF1 6-speed Automatic TransmissionFWD167 Nm1580 kg
C0GF1 CVT TransmissionFWD161 Nm1610 kg

Transmission Fluids and The Hyundai Accent

Different models of Hyundai Accent have traditionally used additional ATF. The 2000 Hyundai Accent model uses the Dexron VI transmission fluid by Castrol. The FRAM 6-speed Automatic, used in the 2007 model, works well with the Full Synthetic Dexron VI Automatic Transmission Fluid.

If you’ve got the 2008 model of Hyundai Accent with the A4AF3 transmission, you could use the Lubegard Synthetic Synthetic Transmission Fluid Dexron VI (1 Quart). The latest generation of Hyundai Accent uses the Genuine Hyundai Automatic Transmission Fluid.

Before buying the correct transmission fluid for your car, ensure that your transmission model matches the ATF. The majority of Hyundai Accent models used nowadays work well with the genuine Hyundai ATF.


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