2002 Kia Optima Repair and Maintenance
A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2002 Kia Optima
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2002 Kia Optima ProblemsDoor 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.
After the vehicle has been operated with electrical loads (lights, air conditioning), a weak alternator can cause starting difficulties. In some cases, the original alternator could not sufficiently charge the battery; Kia released a new alternator which can correct this concern.
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.
2002 Kia Optima QuestionsWill a transmission from a 2004 fit in a 2002 body (1 answer)
What fits in a 2002 optima is a 2004 good
only way I can get the tail lights to go off is to is to take the batty cables off