2003 Kia Rio Repair and Maintenance
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2003 Kia Rio ProblemsFailure of AC Compressor Clutch
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.
Due to a problem with the automatic transmission control computer, you may experience erroneous Check Engine Light illumination; an updated control module is available.
2003 Kia Rio QuestionsElectrical short in steering column/dash no turn signals solution? (1 answer)
Just got the 2003 Kia Rio (cheap) having a problem with the turn signals and hazards. Whenever I try to indicate a right or left turn the signals just freeze to a constant "On" state and sometimes the lights on the gauge cluster decide to become retarded and black out. Is this a relay p...
While in park I can only rev up to 4 rooms. Then it drops. If I keep my foot on the gas it will lobe in this pattern. Reving from 1.5 to 4 then back down. I was thinking timing at first but it keeps a consistent idle speed. If I
It doesn't stay running and kills if the a/c is on when I stop I have to put it in neutral r it will kill but going down the road it will shift in n out of overdrive and burns a lot of gas??? I changed fuel filter plugs and wires timing belt still same thing !! Help could it be a sensor??
2003 Kia Rio RecallsRear Seatbelt May Malfunction with Certain Child Seats
The Automatic Locking Retractor (ALR) function of the rear outboard seat belt assemblies may disengage. If a child seat is not properly secured, there is an increased risk of injury to the seat occupant in a crash. Dealers will replace both rear outboard seat belt assemblies free of charge. This recall began September 15, 2006. The Kia recall number is SC064.
Due to interference with a metal wire inside the rear seat frame, the lower child restraint anchors should not be used. Owners are advised to follow the instructions provided with the child seat on how to properly install the child seat using the vehicle's rear seat belts rather than the LATCH system. If the child seat is not properly secured, personal injury or death could occur in a crash. Dealers will replace the lower anchors free of charge. This recall began January, 2006. The Kia recall number is SC057.