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When do I need a transmission fluid flush and radiator flush on my 2001 Kia Spectra?

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MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE (CONTINUED)
Kilometers or time in months, whichever comes first
× 1,000 km 8 16 24 32 40 48 56 64 72 80 88 96 104 112 120 128
# Months 4 8 12 16 20 24 28 32 36 40 44 48 52 56 60 64
Automatic transaxle fluid (1) I I I R I I I R I I I R I I I R
Chassis & underbody bolts & nuts I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I
Tire condition & inflation pressure I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I
Wheel alignment (4)
Tire rotation
Steering operation & linkage I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I
Power steering fluid & lines I I I I I I I I
Driveshaft dust boots I I I I I
Seat belts, buckles & anchors I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I
Lock, hinges & hood latch L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L
MAINTENANCE
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MAINTENANCE
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Inspect when abnormal condition noted
Rotate the tires every 12,000 km
Chassis and body (Continued)

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