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2006 Kia Optima

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2006 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...

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

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.

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.

Engine -- Verified

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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.

2006 Kia Optima Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., January 13, 2012

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The clock spring electrical assembly in the steering column may become damaged over time, resulting in high resistance in the driver's airbag electrical circuit. This could cause illumination of the airbag warning light and/or the driver's airbag may not deploy as designed. Failure of the airbag to properly deploy increases the risk of injury to the driver in the event of a crash. Dealers will replace the clock spring contact assembly as necessary to correct this concern. The Kia recall number is SC094.

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Drive Train, March 3, 2011

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The shift cable may have been installed incorrectly, causing tension in the cable. The tension could cause the cable to become disconnected from the shifter, disabling proper gear selection. If the vehicle is left unattended with the transmission not in "Park" and the parking brake not engaged, the vehicle could roll, increasing the risk of injury or a crash. Dealers will inspect the shift cable and reinstall it if necessary. This recall is expected to begin during March of 2011. The Kia recall number is SC088.

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2006 Kia Optima Questions and Answers

bneumann, 2006 Kia Optima, V6, Tampa, FL

can i move it manually

bneumann, 2006 Kia Optima, V6, Tampa, FL

it nis reclined back and it will continue to go back it just wont go to te up position

ConfusedwithaKia, 2006 Kia Optima, 2.4L 4 Cylinder, Lucedale, MS

My Optima simply wouldn't start a few weeks ago. We changed the spark plugs and stuff and then rented the OBII and it said that there was a problem with the cam shaft position sensor and some...

MajorTommy, 2006 Kia Optima, 2.4L 4 Cylinder, Cornish, ME

The front wheels on my car (Magentis) make a rapid clicking sound when I'm driving straight (not while turning). There are no stones caught in the tyres, the brakes are positioned properly and...

MONIQUE, 2006 Kia Optima, 2.4L 4 Cylinder, Salem, AL

i went to autozone my check engine light keeps going on and off and i have been to the dealer and they are saying every time that my gas top was not on good but auto zone std that i needed to repla...

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2006 Kia Optima Reviews

I paid my car off. Now I feel like my car is falling apart. First themg key wouldn't turn and the wheel was not lock. My dad sprayed some wd40 in their key whole and it worked again. I don't know what that was about
Don't care because it works now. When I use to open the car door and take the key out the head lights usued to go out now it don't. Wish I new why, I am so use to it going out by it self that I keep leaving the lights on.
Next thing is I need a timing belt. O year and then light in my radio keeps cutting on and off by it self. I think my ac is about to kick out it keeps jumping on and off by it self to. I don't think I should of paid my car off. It only has 70thounds miles on it. I guess these problems are normal.really don't know.

My 2006 Kia Optima interior lights recently stopped working. Driver side door does not unlock after locking( have to use key)Passenger side door will not open at all. After reading some of the reviews this vehicle overall(all years) is not a good vehicle.

2006.6 kia optima -62,000 miles.
problems with my lights too. have to replace the front headlights about 2 times a year. back lights have had to be replaced too.
tires were leaking alot from the very start- still happens but not as much.
had to replace the breaks at 25,000 miles and twice since then- front and back.
shocks and strutts replaced, now i have a leaking intake gasket.

HAVE TO REPLACE LIGHTS INSIDE AND OUT VERY OFTEN. MOST RECENTLY, I THINK THERE IS AN ELECTRICAL PROBLEM SINCE MY BRAKE LIGHT AND BLINKER WILL NOT WORK WHEN THE HEADLIGHTS ARE ON. DURING THE DAY, IF ITS EXTREMLY BRIGHT OUTSIDE, ITS STILL HARD TO SEE BRAKE LIGHTS. IT SEEMS LIKE HEADLIGHTS ARE GETTING DIMMER AS TIME GOES ON. HAVE CHANGED ALL BULBS AND FUSES, NOTHING IS FIXING THE PROBLEM. I THINK KIA NEEDS TO STEP UP AND ADMIT THAT THERE IS SOMETHING DEFECTIVE IN THE LIGHTING ON THESE MODELS. THE INSIDE LIGHTS EITHER WON'T COME ON OR WON'T GO OFF. TOOK TO MECHANIC AND TOLD THAT THEY COULD NOT FIND A REASON FOR THIS TO BE HAPPENING. IF ANYONE HAS A SOLUTION PLEASE EMAIL ME! CASEYC304@YAHOO.COM

I love my kia but have a problem with the engine shaking right after we had the spark plugs and the 2 belts that are suppose to be replaced at 60k. the mechanic thinks it is a motor mount but it did not shake like that when i drove it into the shop only when i drove it out. what could of possibly happend during that time that a motor mount on the right passenger side would malfunction by just being worked on.

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