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2009 Kia Optima

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2009 Kia Optima Problems

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.

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.

2009 Kia Optima Questions and Answers

Phil M H, 2009 Kia Optima, 2.4L 4 Cylinder, Saint Petersburg, FL

I have the LS model which is not featured on my car.Do you think it is possible that all I have to do is put the right fuse in the right place. If yes how ?

kevinfederline, 2009 Kia Optima, Fairfax Station, VA

I hit this kind of car at about 20 mph - there is no visual damage. I am paranoid the frame was shifted though. If that ends up being the case, how much would it cost to repair?

hilton, 2009 Kia Optima, 2.4L 4 Cylinder, Winchester, KY

transmission has already had software update and still "bangs" on downshift when "cold" what is causing this Once you drive a few miles it stops banging

kianeveragain, 2009 Kia Optima, 2.4L 4 Cylinder, Los Angeles, CA

I bought my brand new kia just last year. after just 29000 miles it decided to turn off on me while driving in the freeway.Immediately the check engine light turned on. I restarted the kia n drove ...

easy ed, 2009 Kia Optima, 2.4L 4 Cylinder, Lewisburg, PA

I am pretty sure the front wheel bearings need replaced. It's not the tires (new), and all the signs point to wheel bearings.
2009 w 100k miles. Am I better off taking to dealer or attempting...

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2009 Kia Optima Reviews

My wife and I both have 2009 KIA Optimas, The only issue that we have had we had it with both cars. If you have the headlights on and park and turn off the ignition swith and exit the car 99% of the time all the lights will go off. The other 1% of the time the parking lights will stay on. This is most inconvinent since sometimes you do not notice the parking lights still being on.

The dealer has no idea why this is happening. Anyone else have this issue with their KIA Optima?

We've had our '09 Kia Optima for almost a year and a half now and are very happy with it. Only 16k city miles in, but it runs/looks/feels pretty much brand new. Would love to upgrade to the nice, new '11 model...but this one is working out so well. I'll be happy with this '09 for another 2 years and 20k+ miles. Kia has got to be the most improved auto manufacturer since, well....Hyundai.

Started out loving everything about this car! Bought it off the showroom floor in March of 09 with only 11 miles on it and it drove amazing! Not even 2 years later and the car acts like it is 10 or even 20 years old. The suspension that I loved so much brand new is now incredibly rough on even the smoothest of roads and the handling is very sloppy like a huge floating Buick or something. The newest disappointment is that while slowing down for a stop sign or corner and braking the automatic transmission downshifts extremely hard from 2nd to 1st gear; feels like I am driving into a brick wall the shift is so rough, it even activates the ABS system when the road is snowy! It is insane, but the rest of the car, the not so important parts, work and look great.

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