2009 Kia Rio Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2009 Kia Rio

2009 Kia Rio Problems

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.

Ignition Coil

I purchased this vehicle because I was tired of purchasing used vehicles and having to make repairs all of the time. I have had to have the ignition coils replaced 2 times within the last year. This wouldn't be a bug deal if each coil wasn't $100+ to replace! I do not recommend this vehicle at all.

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.

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2009 Kia Rio Questions

My steering wheel is locked and I can't get my ignition to turn to start it (1 answer)

I smell a burnt smell when I push on the accelerator, what could that be from (1 answer)

I was driving and my foot hit the accelerator hard and the car revved up. Now I smell a burning smell when I accelerate the car. The tires are squeaking too

My check engine light is on got it checked its saying misfiring in all 4 cylinde (1 answer)

It drives fine cant seem to figure whats wrong with it i got crank shaft sensor changed a month ago when my light first came on two weeks later it came back on and says misfire in all 4 cylinders. Any advice what it could be?

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2009 Kia Rio Reviews

My Kia rio has started giving me issues as well. I have a 2009 with 86,000 miles on it and today the engine practically died!!!! I will not be purchasing another Kia, of any kind. On top of that, you can not get parts for them except at the dealer. NO after market parts!!! I had to go to the dealer for a LUG NUT!!!
I have 244000 on my Rio. That is not a typo! Oil changes every 5000(synthetic). Timing belt change at every 65000. Still get 32-36 mpg winter and 37-40 mpg summer. Love this little car!
This is a HORRIBLE car! I have had nothing but problems with it. I bought it brand new and it only has a little over 10,000 miles on it. I already had a complete electrical malfunction, breaks went bad in THREE months and they still cant find the problem with them and I've had the car for 7 months now (still with the bad breaks), light fictures fell out and the warranty doesnt cover that, and n...

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