2001 Kia Sportage Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2001 Kia Sportage

2001 Kia Sportage Problems

Software Update Available to 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.

Fuel Tank Leak Due to Corrosion From Road Salt

Vehicles driven in areas where roads are heavily salted in winter may experience corrosion of the fuel tank, which can result in a leak. Kia has extended the fuel tank warranty on the 1996-2002 models. Please check with you local Kia dealer for more information, the service bulletin number is 059

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2001 Kia Sportage Questions

What i am going to troubleshot? (1 answer)

Just replace new maintenance free battery but after 20km run battery is drain and won't start.while running no horn and light is dim. I charge the battery for few mins it start but battery is weak can't even blow horn.what is proposed troubleshot?

Why does the door sound dinge when all doors are closed (1 answer)

While driving my car began to chime as an indicatotion that one of the doors was open. After stopping and checking the doors and realizing all of them were closed. I got back in and it began again and has not gone off yet.

is it hard to change the Front brake pads on a 2001 Kia sportage (2 answers)

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2001 Kia Sportage Reviews

I had a similar problem with my kiia as another poster. Wanted to post that, that when the sheared problem happened, had a new timing belt been installed before it happened? Sounds like the crank bolt sheared from backing out or being overtightened. Make sure who ever installed your salvage motor set the crank bolt to torque specs, which are very tight tolerance.
I bought this car with 28 miles on it in December 2000. For the most part I have been happy. I have to agree with jointer4. The 4wd vac tubes need to be replace every year. Not to hard though. Most of the engine work needs to be done by a Kia engineer it seems.
This vehicle is very difficult to perform any maintenance on. To change the spark plugs for instance a person has to remove quite a few engine components to reveal the plugs. Finding a service repair manual is impossible. Contains a lot of plastic and rubber components that break or fail on numerous occasions. For instance the rubber vacuum lines that control the 4WD continuously need to be re...

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