2004 Kia Sedona Repair and Maintenance

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

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.

If the engine is excessively noisy on startup (after the engine has been off for several hours) and the noise lasts more than four or five seconds, turn off the engine and check for correct engine oil level. If the oil level is correct, the noise may be caused by the timing chain tensioner. Kia released an updated timing chain tensioner to solve 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.

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How do you read check engine codes?

Motor seems to run fine. The heater works and the blower works but no cold or even cool air will come out at all. Help!!! It's hot in Texas!

Just did a tune-up, Filters, oil, plugs & wires and had a new fuel filter installed. Now the engine seems to run smooth at low rpm's but seems to choke out occasionally. Then after letting it sit for a while, it runs ok again. I did rev the engine and about 4500 rpm the engine surges. Sho...

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In freezing conditions, water on the throttle cable may freeze, creating resistance to movement. The cable may stick and prevent the engine from returning to idle, causing the vehicle to maintain speed or accelerate. This can occur without warning and could cause a crash. Dealers will modify a protective sleeve around the cable to fix the issue. The recall began August 15, 2005. The Kia recall number is SC-051.

On certain models equipped with alloy wheels, water may accumulate around the rear hub caps and damage the outer rear wheel bearings. The wheel bearings could fail without warning, which could result in a crash. Dealers will replace the rear hub caps and replace the rear outer bearings and/or hub assembly as needed. The recall began on June 13, 2005. The Kia recall number is SC-049.

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We bought our 2004 Sedona new and have driven the devil out of it. The only concern I've had is that it chews up front wheel bearings. Other than that there has not been any major issues. Would consider Kia for next purchase.

We have had this for 4 years and not one single problem! All our "issues" have been standard maintenance (new battery, brakes...etc). Nothing major! It has been the most reliable vehicle I have ever owned.

Kia will not stand behind their product. My sister bought a new one and the check engine light came on. They told her it had the wrong oil filter on it. I am an ASE master mechanic so I went to the dealership with her. They stood behind this bogus story. A friend has a Kia with the brake warning light on. I have read dozens of stories of people with the same problem. Kia doesn't wire this...

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