2006 Kia Optima Repair and Maintenance

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

2006 Kia Optima Problems

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.

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.

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2006 Kia Optima Questions

Where is the TPS located in the 2006.5

After diagnostic check the codes come up for faulty throttle body sensor

My air conditioner has gradually lost it's cool over the past couple of weeks. It now only blows hot air and there is a definite loud humming/wheezing sound when the fan is turned on. It goes away once I turn off the fan. I want to sound half way knowledgeable when I take it into the shop s...

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2006 Kia Optima Recalls

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.

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 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 ...

i have had this car for 3 yrs bought it in 07 so far i have had nothing but trouble with it . every 3 months i had to replace the headlight bulb it wd shhot altogether i put in 10 headlight bulbs i replaced just as many turn signal bulbs . now the wheel bearing is bad & the power steering unit is bad ,will never buy another kia agai worse car i ever owned .

My Kia Optima motor is now gone!! Unfortunatly I had no knowledge to get the timing belt replaced after 70K miles, at 108K miles with no problems prior, I have to replace the motor! The only other problem is the air condition broke after 70K miles. I hear this problem with most Kia owners! They need to fix this problem as well. I will never purchase another Kia! 2006 Not a good model year...

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