2006 Kia Optima Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2006 Kia Optima

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2006 Kia Optima Problems

Battery 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.

Front Door Will Not Open Due to Faulty Latch

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.

Software Update Available Which May Correct Transmission Issues

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.

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2006 Kia Optima Questions

I am trying to locate the air intake temperature sensor on my car (1 answer)

Its v6 2.7 liter engine

technical staff (1 answer)

I have kia optima2006 model, have around 118,000 miles, car will not rev up over 2500 rpm, car was taken to kia dealer, a new trottle position assembly was installed, problems, still the maxium speed 30 - 40 miles per hour.

just had the front struts replaced - they were original (1 answer)

after the struts were replaced, I picked the car up and about a week later, the front end started making a knocking noise when you turned. took the car back to the repair place and was told the cushions that the struts sat in were worn out. had the cushions replaced yesterday. - mechanic took t...

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2006 Kia Optima Recalls

The Driver's Air Bag May Not Deploy As Designed

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.

Shift Cable May Disengage From Shifter

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 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...
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.

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