2008 Kia Optima Repair and Maintenance
A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2008 Kia Optima
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2008 Kia Optima ProblemsFront 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.
The Check Engine Light may erroneously illuminate, signifying a fault in the intake air temperature circuit. If no fault is found in the sensor or wiring, a simple reprogramming of the powertrain control module (PCM) may fix the 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.
2008 Kia Optima QuestionsReplacing alternators from autozone doesn't charge the battery (2 answers)
I replaced many alternators from autozone for 2008 kia optima 2.4L and they don't charge my brand new battery. What is the problem?
Took car some where else to get oil changed again didn't help is the motor bad now read on internet not to use fram filter in kia
2008 Kia Optima RecallsThe 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.
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.