Kia Optima: Automatic transmission / Good driving practices

Kia Optima DL3 2019-2022 Owner's Manual / Driving your vehicle / Automatic transmission / Good driving practices

Moving up a steep grade from a standing start

To move up a steep grade from a standing start, depress the brake pedal, shift the shift lever to D (Drive). Select the appropriate gear depending on load weight and steepness of the grade, and release the parking brake. Depress the accelerator gradually while releasing the service brakes.

When accelerating from a stop on a steep hill, the vehicle may have a tendency to roll backwards. Shifting the shift lever into 2 (Second Gear) will help prevent the vehicle from rolling backwards.

Shift lock system
For your safety, the automatic transmission has a shift lock system which prevents shifting the transmission from P (Park) into R (Reverse) unless the brake pedal is depressed. To shift the trans ...

Brake system
Power brakes Your vehicle has power-assisted brakes that adjust automatically through normal usage. In the event that the power-assisted brakes lose power because of a stalled engine or some oth ...

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Kia Optima DL3 2019-2022 Owner's Manual: License plate lamp bulb replacement


1. Open the trunk lid. 2. Loosen the retaining screw of the trunk lid cover and then remove the cover. 3. Remove the socket from the assembly by turning the socket counterclockwise until the tabs on the socket align with the slots on the assembly. 4. Remove the bulb from bulb-socket by pull ...

Kia Optima DL3 2019-2022 Owner's Manual: Hood


Opening the hood 1. Pull the release lever to unlatch the hood. The hood should pop open slightly. Only open the hood with the vehicle on a flat surface, engine is turned off, shift lever placed in P (Park) position and setting the parking brake. 2. Go to the front of the vehicle, raise the ...

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