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2002 Kia Sportage Repair and Maintenance

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

2002 Kia Sportage Problems

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

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.

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

last year i was sitting in my car with the ac running, everything weorking fine. waiting on my mother. all of the sudden the thermostat shot up hot and my air blew hot air. I shut the car off and all was well. However, we had no air. I tried a few cans of freon, worked slightly for a day of so bu...

last year i was sitting in my car with the ac running, everything weorking fine. waiting on my mother. all of the sudden the thermostat shot up hot and my air blew hot air. I shut the car off and all was well. However, we had no air. I tried a few cans of freon, worked slightly for a day of so bu...

Was told misfiring could be a leaky cam cover gasket or faulty plug leads. Vehicle has 200 000km+ on the clock. Had cambelt and radiator replaced. Recent auto box problems solved with oil change.

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2002 Kia Sportage Recalls

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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