2002 Kia Sportage Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2002 Kia Sportage

2002 Kia Sportage Problems

Faulty Throttle Position Switch

Check Engine Light illumination—combined with a lack of power or a stumble on acceleration—may be caused by the throttle position switch (TPS). Kia released an improved part which should correct this concern.

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.

Cooling fan blades may crack, updated blades available
Improved cooling fan blades are available. The original fan blades were replaced under a manufacturer recall because they cracked and failed, resulting in the engine overheating.

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2002 Kia Sportage Questions

At take off my car flutters/sputters. Also where can I get the elusive manual? (2 answers)

It doesn't matter if it's cold or warmed up. I can't seem to find an answer, if I could find a free downloadable repair book,that would help maybe.

how to get my kia out of reverse it is stuck in reverse (1 answer)

Having trouble with rear door ajar light staying on even though door is shut. (1 answer)

this is causing my battery to drain,and vehicle won't start.

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2002 Kia Sportage Recalls

Recall 07V161000
ON CERTAIN VEHICLES, THE HEAT GENERATED BY THE ENGINE CAUSES REPEATED BENDING DEFORMATION OF THE POLYPROPYLENE COOLING FAN INCLUDING ITS RETAINING RING, WHICH STRESSES THE POLYPROPYLENE THEREBY INITIATING CRACKING OF THE BLADES. THE CENTRIFUGAL FORCES GENERATED BY THE ROTATION OF THE BLADES CAN ...

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2002 Kia Sportage Reviews

The outside of our Kia has gotten pretty beaten up over the years but the car has made it to 192,000 miles and it's still running. My husband and I do all the repairs at home and it makes new noises everytime we start it but we drive it 60 miles a day 3 or 4 days a week and it keeps on chugging. If we did all the services that you are supposed to do on them it would probably be in excellent c...
My brother got it at 75000 mi. good commuter car,poor mileage 20mpg.I took it at 104000 mi. At 117546 mi. The crank sheared off at the timing belt pully! Had to get a new engine $1,250.00-salvage yard. $1,000.00 to install.

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