2012 Kia Optima Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2012 Kia Optima

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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While turning a corner in the rain, I slid into a water intake gully, which appears took out the front supension rod, and right tire. My speed was low, but the impacted huge. The steering wheel was ripped from my hands and I ended up at a 90 degree angle on the other side of the road. Just had i...

My Sirius Radio goes out with a sharp right, back on with a sharp turn left, or does not acquire a signal at all. what is causing this? Paying for membership that i am having problems using. Radio works.

I just had my 45k service done and the price without the spark plug change was $160 which is close the estimate posted here. The service advisor has quoted me a price of $475 plus tax to replace the spark plugs - saying it needs other things in the "tune up" package that are not listed ...

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