2008 Kia Sportage Repair and Maintenance
A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2008 Kia Sportage
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2008 Kia Sportage ProblemsNoise 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.
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.
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.
2008 Kia Sportage QuestionsWhen you change the battery, alternator, what keeps draining the battery? (1 answer)
I have a electrical problem, i don't know if there are wires touching or lights left on, can you tell me how can i fix the problem?
the starter also engages when moving the shifter from drive to park
Had a new starter put in but it still does it. Sometimes when the car is just idling. Also my lights used to go out on there own when I shut the car off but now they sometimes stay on so it must be electrical. Has anyone had this problem?
2008 Kia Sportage RecallsHydraulic Electronic Control Unit Short Circuits And Causes Fire Hazard
The hydraulic electronic control unit (HECU) may allow water to get inside the circuit board area and cause corrosion, a short circuit and possibly a fire. Dealers will inspect the connector pins for corrosion and if none is found, replace the connector cover. If corrosion is found, the HECU assembly and cover will be replaced free of charge to resolve the concern.
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.