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.
Timing belts can break prematurely and cause serious engine damage. When replacing a broken timing belt, the crankshaft position sensor should also be replaced as it most likely has suffered damage as well.
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