1997 Kia Sephia Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1997 Kia Sephia

Automatic Transmission
If the engine won't crank or cranks but does not start, the flex plate between the engine and transmission may be cracked. A cracked flex plate will cause an erratic cranking signal to the powertrain computer.

After the vehicle has been operated with electrical loads (lights, air conditioning), a weak alternator can cause starting difficulties. In some cases, the original alternator could not sufficiently charge the battery; Kia released a new alternator to fix the problem.

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I got on the freeway just fine yesterday, then sometime when going 50-55mph through construction, and (trying to) speed back up to 80, it started shaking as if my tires were out of balance. So after I finally got back to town I got my tires balanced and rotated, but I still have that shaking. Hel...

i have idling issues. code po120. however i notice two of the wires, leading to pig tail,of MAS connector, have been spliced. connector has five wires in all. the two that im concern about are black with yellow stripes. i cant tell if who ever spliced into them hooked them together right. idk why...

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ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES, THE SAFETY BELT BUCKLE MAY "FALSE LATCH" AND EXPOSE THE DRIVER TO UNRESTRAINED MOVEMENT DURING A CRASH.

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Have had this car since 98.....with 8000 miles on it, when I bought it. Had to have transmission worked on, about two years ago, and it is slipping in Drive again now. Overall not a bad car for the money

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