2009 Kia Sportage Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2009 Kia Sportage

2009 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.

Failure of AC Compressor Clutch

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.

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.

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2009 Kia Sportage Questions

what does T.P.M.S. mean on warning light (1 answer)

My Kia is making a whining noise when I accelerate or am just driving. (1 answer)

ESC off light continues to come on for no apparent reason. Whining noise just started and is annoying.

Vehicle stalls while driving (2 answers)

Yesterday I noticed the RPMs dipping very low, and I could press the gas peddle down to the floor but the vehicle would just coast, hop and eventually stall. It starts back up just fine. All electrics seem to be working. Took the vehicle into the mechanic. They verified the problem. Left it in th...

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2009 Kia Sportage Recalls

Brake Light Switch May Fail Prematurley

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.

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2009 Kia Sportage Reviews

My 2009 Kia Sportage after 3 years was making a clunking noise when it goes from 2nd to 3rd gear(around 20-25 mph). It jerks the vehicle. It just turned over to 42,000 miles. I have had my vehicle in several times to have it inspected and each time the dealer tells me that it shows nothing wrong with my vehicle per computer. They adjusted shifting points and all was well. Now after the third ti...
My 2009 Kia Sportage after 3 years is making a clunking noise when it goes from 2nd to 3rd gear. It jerks the vehicle. It just turned over to 30,000 miles. I have had my vehicle in several times to have it inspected and each time the dealer tells me that there is nothing wrong with my vehicle. Two other family members have driven the vehicle and experienced the same thing yet....there's nothi...
Bought my 2009 Kia Sportage brand new. Now, 3 yrs later I'm having transmission problems. It seems to not want to make a smooth shift into 3rd and 4th gears. Plan to take it to the dealer; will let ya's know what they say. It should be under warrenty still.(only 48000 miles) Other than this; my Kia is great.

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