2009 Kia Sportage Repair and Maintenance
A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2009 Kia Sportage
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2009 Kia Sportage ProblemsSoftware 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.
Make sure the transmission is filled with Kia-approved transmission fluid and at the correct level. Our technicians tell using incorrect transmission fluid or operating the transmission when it is low on fluid can result in internal transmission damage.
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.
2009 Kia Sportage QuestionsWhy is only 2 out of 4 cylinders firing (2 answers)
RUFF ideal intake misfires
ESC off light continues to come on for no apparent reason. Whining noise just started and is annoying.
2009 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.