2008 Kia Sorento Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2008 Kia Sorento

2008 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.

Head Lamps

One or both head light bulbs may burn out prematurely requiring replacement. There have also been reports of other bulbs burning out often as well.

Revised Crankshaft Pulley Bolt

In order to correct a problem that results in difficulty starting, engine vibration, or a rattling sound from the engine compartment, Kia released an updated crankshaft pulley bolt.

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2008 Kia Sorento Recalls

Brake Light Switch May Fail Prematurley

The affected Kia models are being recalled because the brake light switch can fail prematurely, resulting in the loss of brake light operation as well as concerns with other electrical systems including: Cruise control, push-button start feature, shifter, and Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system. Dealers will replace the brake light switch to correct this concern.

Front Passenger Airbag May Be Inadvertently Turned Off

The front passenger airbag may be incorrectly turned off when an adult is in the front passenger seat. The front passenger airbag is designed to be turned off when the front seat is unoccupied or is occupied by a child, but the occupant classification system (OCS) may not correctly classify an adult passenger and command the airbag off when it should be on. If the passenger side airbag is off when an adult passenger is in the front passenger seat, there is an increased risk of personal injury. Dealers will update the programming of the OCS control module to correct this concern. The KIA recall number is SC076A.

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2008 Kia Sorento Reviews

I STRONGLY DO NOT RECOMMEND EVER BUYING A KIA PERIOD. BOUGHT A BRAND NEW 2008 AND WARRANTY EXPIRED JANUARY 2014. APRIL 2014 CAR STARTED LEAKING TERRIBLY FROM ROOF RAILS. NOW I EITHER HAVE TO PAY THEM TO FIX IT OR GO WITH SOMEONE ELSE OR GET A CAR MADE IN AMERICA BY AMERICANS. THINK I WILL ALWAYS GO FOR THE LATTER FROM NOW ON. I HAVE NEVER HAD A PROBLEM LIKE THIS WITH ANY OTHER CAR I HAVE P...
Further status of the 2008 with suspected ABS problems. Wrote to KIA Tech service about the problem with brake pedal going to floor. HMMM They called me in response to my email. Their comment was to take car back to dealer and have the problems documented. Tech service said there was no paper trail on the problem. How about no paper trail with a phone call instead of answereing my email?...
Bought a 2008 with 30000 miles on it. Wife and I like the car and we get 25 mpg on the highway with it. One of the quietest road cars I have driven. Dealer has been good at meeting all warranty claims. Vehicle now has 65000 miles. Recently I noticed the brake pedal going to the floor at times. Had to pump it couple of times to get full peddle. I replaced the front rotors and pads with pr...

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