2008 Kia Spectra5 Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2008 Kia Spectra5

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2008 Kia Spectra5 Problems

Check Engine Light On, Engine Runs OK

The Check Engine Light may erroneously illuminate, signifying a fault with the front oxygen sensor when no fault exists. Replacing the electrical connections at the oxygen sensor with a repair kit available from Kia will commonly fix 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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2008 Kia Spectra5 Questions

a/c problems (1 answer)

my car's a/c is real cold but then all of a sudden it turns hot, put gauges on refrigerant good changed cabin filter what else could i do or have i missed

the fan on the a/c & defroster has stopped....just all of a sudden (2 answers)

we were running the a/c when it stopped....all the a/c controls look right but without the fan....the cool air isn't blowing out.

Brake lights work intermittenly. Any clues to why??? (1 answer)

Brake lights work when they want it seems. Bulbs are fine.

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2008 Kia Spectra5 Reviews

Very roomy interior. Lots of head room and leg room in the front and back seats. Plenty of space in the rear hatch area. Engine could use more zip but is acceptable. Interior noise is not bad. Ride could be more plush but handles curves very well. No small trash receptacle provided. Seats could use a bit more padding. Would be nice if the window ledge was wide enough for a tall person to rest t...

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