2005 Kia Sorento Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2005 Kia Sorento

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2005 Kia Sorento Problems

Updated Timing Chain Tensioner to Correct Noise on Startup

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.

Software Update Available Which May 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.

Noise or Vibration When AC Compressor is On

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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2005 Kia Sorento Questions

When I turn on the head light the radio and dash lights turn off. Whats up (1 answer)

When the lights are turned on even in the first position the lights and radio also the indicator lights for the air controls go out. The front driver side head light and tail light are burnt out could that be a cause or side effect from a electronic short somewhere?

05 Kia Sorrento shuts off while driving. Goes totally dead. Let it sit for awhile and starts back up (3 answers)

odometer failure. what can cause this. odometer indicator does not display mileage. (1 answer)

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2005 Kia Sorento Reviews

19.9 mpg until Bush wanted Corn Whiskey in the gas. Then it was 18 from then on. The gold paint decided to FADE on every piece of plastic around the car all at once. Tried fuel cleaner and my fuel gauge started screwing up after that. Putting the car in 4x4 mode would make it extremely hard to turn on street. Our transmission failed repeatedly from a faulty ECM that was shorting a wire...
Reading some of the reviews, I guess I'm one of the lucky ones. I have a 2005 Sorento EX, had it since new, now 160,000 miles. Never (never) had it in the shop...EVEN FOR WARRANTY WORK. I think that's the secret, keeping it out of the shop for somebody's ill trained mechanics to screw up. I still have the same spark plugs but have changed the hoses & one serpentine belt (at a local repair shop)...
I have a water leak near the back of motor. Steady Drip.

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