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2002 Kia Optima

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2002 Kia Optima Problems

Electrical & Lights -- Verified

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.

Drive Train -- Verified

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 shoul...

Heating & Air Conditioning -- Verified

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.

Drive Train -- Verified

Make sure the transmission is filled with Kia-approved transmission fluid and at the correct level. Our technicians tell using incorrect transmission fluid or operating the transmission when it is low on fluid can result in internal transmission damage.

Electrical & Lights -- Verified

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.

2002 Kia Optima Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., June 16, 2009

Summary: 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, OHIO, PENNSYLVANIA, RHODE ISLAND, VERMONT, WEST VIRGINIA, WISCONSIN, AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. ROAD SALT APPLIED IN THESE STATES DURING THE WINTER MONTHS MAY RESULT IN PROGRESSIVE, INTERNAL CORROSION OF THE FRONT SUBFRAME. OVER TIME, SUCH SUBFRAME CORROSION NEAR THE CONNECTION TO THE LOWER CONTROL ARM CAN LEAD TO WHEEL MISALIGNMENT AND/OR OTHER NOTICEABLE STRESS IN STEERING, OR ACCELERATED ABNORMAL TIRE WEAR.

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Electrical & Lights, March 28, 2003

Summary: 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.

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Engine, June 25, 2004

Summary: SOME PASSENGER VEHICLES MAY CONTAIN A FUEL TANK ASSEMBLY VALVE THAT MAY NOT CLOSE PROPERLY. IF A VEHICLE WITH A FUEL TANK ASSEMBLY VALVE THAT IS NOT PROPERLY CLOSED WERE TO ROLL OVER, FUEL SPILLAGE MAY OCCUR.

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2002 Kia Optima Questions and Answers

johnfss, 2002 Kia Optima, V6, Mount Juliet, TN

Should I replace the water pump on this vehicle when I have the timing belt replaced? It has 64,000 miles

ajcameram, 2002 Kia Optima, V6, Galloway, OH

We can only see 1 belt on the engine, but when I called for an estimate, I was told there are 2 belts, Where is the other belt (NOT THE TIMING BELT) or is the repair shop incorrect and there is onl...

ajcameram, 2002 Kia Optima, V6, Galloway, OH

Thank you both very much, due to what I thought and your answers confirmed I was able to get the ONLY belt replaced without being Ripped Off by a dealership that was attempting to convience me ther...

bwnsug, 2002 Kia Optima, 2.4L 4 Cylinder, Reston, VA

I failed the VA state inspection because the light doesn't come on when you start the car. How can I fix?

onalen, 2002 Kia Optima, 2.4L 4 Cylinder, Sacramento, CA

Normally, when you fill the gas tank and it's almost full, the feed clicks off. In my car, it keeps clicking off from the very beginning of the fill and even spits gasoiline back through the o...

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