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 ProblemsBattery Weak Due to Inadiquate Alternator Output
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.
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.
Reprogramming the transmission control module with the latest Kia transmission software may fix abnormalities in the automatic transmission and erroneous transmission-related Check Engine Light illumination. Software updates are commonly most effective on newer vehicles. Higher mileage vehicles may exhibit a similar symptom caused by a component failure. However, whenever major transmission repairs are performed the transmission software should be checked and updated as necessary.
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
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