2003 Kia Sorento Q&A
2003 Kia Sorento Question: Crankshaft position sensor
I was told my crankshaft sensor needed to be replaced after the car was kinda jerking on the interstate, like it was downshifing hard for no reason, and then the engine stopped while we were going 75mph on the interstate. They wanted to charge me over $720 because they said they wouldn't do it without changing the timing belt because it has 91k miles on the car. We just bought it 10 days ago for $9k and now the shop wants 700 more, what should I do? - alesephillips
First of all, my info says that the timing belt on the 3.5L V6, which your Sorento has, is to be replaced every 60,000 miles. I have to believe this belt was replaced by the previous owner, but I would try to find the repair order from the previous owner. Do you have a record of the timing belt replacement? - Bret Bodas
'My 2003 kia sorento is doing the same thing. I have 145000 on mine and had the timing belt replaced at 75000. The dealer also said it was either my ignition sensor or my crank sensor. Did you get your issue resolved? What was your problem? Thanks - OmahaKia
My crankshaft sensor went bad at around 113,000. The only problem was that I would be driving down the and my engine light would start to blink, then it was fine. It wasn't until I was driving down the street and the car just stopped. Luckily not on the highway. Ironically I had just left Kia from making an appt to get my timing belt changed. The idiot in service was sure that was the problem. After having my car towed back to Kia and them having it overnight the same thing happened not less than 2 hours after I picked it up. When I took it back they said the engine light wasn't on so there was no indication that the sensor was the problem. Beware, of the service dept. So far this is the only problem I have had with my 2003, with the exception of the a/c going out after 135,000 and a cracked overflow res. Btw, they had to remove the timing belt they just put in to get to the crankshaft sensor. - Visitor
put the sensor on and that's all i never changed the belt - Visitor
The best advice I can give is burn the piece of crap and walk away. I got 148,600 km and the cost of repairs from it I could have bought a new car. Wheel bearings, 96,000 hubs,rotors and calipers damaged due to bearings. One wheel just fell broke off due to bearing. Chipped key died as I only got 1 so new ECM and security computer plus ignition and keys to match. Mega bucks. Bad wiring. Gets below -5 and cruise or some windows don't work. U joints going but not replacing due to fire. New O2 sensors and cats. 3 Fuel pumps. Probable other things but this was the killer costs. - better days
Does anyone have a clue on how to replace the camshaft/crankshaft position sensor?
either driving away from a stop light/stop sign for a second or two, or on the highway at either 50-55 mph or 60-65 mph for a second or two and then it will jirk jolt again. I have had three separa...