2001 Kia Optima Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2001 Kia Optima

2001 Kia Optima Problems

Failure of AC Compressor Clutch

A defective AC compressor clutch assembly can cause excessive noise or vibration when the air conditioning is on. Improved parts are available. Replacing the faulty clutch assembly does not necessitate replacement of the complete AC compressor or evacuation and recharging of the air conditioning system.

Faulty Throttle Position Switch

Check Engine Light illumination—combined with a lack of power or a stumble on acceleration—may be caused by the throttle position switch (TPS). Kia released an improved part which should correct this concern.

Door Locks Malfunction Not Allowing Driver or Passanger to Open Their Doors

A faulty door latch assembly may cause one or both front doors to be difficult to open. Replacing the worn latch will commonly correct this problem.

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2001 Kia Optima Questions

Why am I going threw so many alternators?? (1 answer)

New wire from altenator to battery and from battery to starter and new ground wire and brand new interstate battery going through altenators like gasoline what's my problem

I have a 2001 Kia Optima, I noticed they recalled the front frame (1 answer)

The frame is corroded really bad and I'm trying to figure out will they still honor the recall part on my car!

trying to find out why my car will not start, it acts like it wants to (1 answer)

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2001 Kia Optima Recalls

Recall 09V183000
KIA MOTORS CORPORATION (KMC) IS RECALLING 36,538 MODEL YEAR 2001-2004 OPTIMA VEHICLES ORIGINALLY SOLD IN OR CURRENTLY REGISTERED IN THE STATES OF CONNECTICUT, DELAWARE, ILLINOIS, INDIANA, IOWA, MAINE, MARYLAND, MASSACHUSETTS, MICHIGAN, MINNESOTA, MISSOURI, NEW HAMPSHIRE, NEW JERSEY, NEW YORK, OHI...
Recall 03V067000
ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH 2.5 AND 2.7 LITER V6 ENGINES, THE CRANKSHAFT POSITION SENSOR (CKP) CASES DID NOT MEET DIMENSIONAL SPECIFICATIONS.
Recall 01V156000
VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER VEHICLES. THE SIDE AIR BAG WIRE HARNESS FOR THE DRIVER POSITION COULD BE MIS-ROUTED, WHICH COULD RESULT IN IT BEING PINCHED OR CUT BY THE SEAT CUSHION TILT MECHANISM.

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