2004 Kia Rio Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2004 Kia Rio

2004 Kia Rio Problems

Updated Control Module to Correct False Check Engine Light

Due to a problem with the automatic transmission control computer, you may experience erroneous Check Engine Light illumination; an updated control module is available.

Failure 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.

Software Update Available to Correct Transmission Issues

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.

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2004 Kia Rio Questions

My Kia will not pass state inspection. (1 answer)

My Kia will not pass state inspection because the 02 sensor and the evap system keeps saying not ready. My battery is at 12.6 voltage and my alternator is good and there is no engine light coming on. How do I get it to pass inspection?

What cause's the car to keep blowing out white smoke? (1 answer)

I have a 2004 Kia Rio not sure on the cylinder but I changed the radiator because I was told the old one was bad so we replaced it. Drove it home then it was fine it has been parked for about 3 weeks started fine twice, on for about half an hour but the hole time it was on it kept blowing out whi...

My 04 Kia Rio stopped running driving on the beltway will not turn over engine (1 answer)

Not seized replaced starter but still not working

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2004 Kia Rio Recalls

Problem with Child Seat Anchor Between Rear Seats

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.

Recall 04V179000
ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES, THE FUEL INTAKE NIPPLE OF THE FUEL DISTRIBUTOR IS SUBJECT TO FRACTURE OR CRACKING DURING REMOVAL OF THE QUICK CONNECT COUPLING SECURING THE MAIN FUEL TUBE ASSEMBLY TO THE FUEL INTAKE NIPPLE, OR WHEN FORCE IS ACCIDENTALLY APPLIED TO THE INTAKE NIPPLE DURING THE VEHIC...

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2004 Kia Rio Reviews

CHECK your timing belt!!!! ours only had 53,000 on it and timing belt went out! Motor is toast! never buy one again!!!
I read some of the other review and wonder if I really have the same car as everyone else. I got my Rio in '07 @56k miles. I've kept the oil changed, timing belt changed @70k, but that's about all the maintenance it has gotten. Works just fine. The engine is underpowered, but that's only if you're expecting a Ferrari. It's a low budget, commuter car. It does exactly what it is supposed to...
I bought my Kia Rio in 2004. I will never buy a Kia again. It is so sluggish, I hate to get on the interstate. My heater constantly quits working. My Mechanic says too much current runs through and causes a part to blow. The air conditioner blows lukewarm air. I had a pontiac I drove for 20 years and loved. I can not stand this car. Don't buy a Kia!

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