Kia Repair and Maintenance

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

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Kia Problems

Software 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.

Head Light Bulbs May Burn Out Prematurely

One or both head light bulbs may burn out prematurely requiring replacement. There have also been reports of other bulbs burning out often as well.

Updated Timing Chain Tensioner to Correct Noise on Startup

If the engine is excessively noisy on startup (after the engine has been off for several hours) and the noise lasts more than four or five seconds, turn off the engine and check for correct engine oil level. If the oil level is correct, the noise may be caused by the timing chain tensioner. Kia released an updated timing chain tensioner to solve this problem.

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Kia Questions

My air bag light keeps coming on - this is the 2nd time in 3 years it has happen (1 answer)

wondering why my air bag light comes on. Was able to clear it once, but it popped up again this morning after 2 1/2 years -- any thoughts or suggestions?

Had the fuel pump replaced last week it ran for about couple of . pump is work (1 answer)

the mechanic says he doesn't know whats wrong with it, its getting fuel just wont start.

dose my car have 4 ignition modules and 4 fuel injectors (1/1 for each cylinder) (1 answer)

is there a ignition module and a fuel injector for each of the 4 cylinders in my 2007 Kia Rio L4-1.6L

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Kia Recalls

Rear Suspension Welds Break

The rear suspension may have a faulty weld, which could result in the weld cracking. Dealers will inspect the welds at the rear suspension cross member, replacing the rear cross member assembly as necessary free of charge to resolve the concern.

Hood Opens While Driving

The secondary hood latch may stick in the open position and not fully secure the hood. This could allow the hood to open while driving. Dealers will replace the secondary hood latch or clean and lubricate the latch, depending on the vehicle's location and the condition of the latch free of charge to resolve the concern.

Front Suspension Lower Control Arms Break

The front lower control arms may fracture and separate from the vehicle due to exposure to road salt and corrosion. Dealers will replace the front lower control arms or add additional corrosion protection to existing control arms as needed free of charge to resolve the concern.

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Kia Reviews

I purchased my 2007 Kia Spectra in Sept. 2007 and I have had it for 9 years with little to no trouble. It currently has 248,000 miles on it. I have replaced a 02 censor (I think thats the name of it). My cd player has died but I do see that this is common in the car. Recently had trouble with the timing change belt as I never ever had it changed and it was to be changed at a little over 100,000...
19.9 mpg until Bush wanted Corn Whiskey in the gas. Then it was 18 from then on. The gold paint decided to FADE on every piece of plastic around the car all at once. Tried fuel cleaner and my fuel gauge started screwing up after that. Putting the car in 4x4 mode would make it extremely hard to turn on street. Our transmission failed repeatedly from a faulty ECM that was shorting a wire...
I purchased my Kia Sephia in 2000, it had 11 miles on it and the only problems I had were it had not been line up when pulled from the truck, fixed for free. In 2011 my car broke down and right in front of my house, thank God. had to replace the motor mounts and the water house. I am still driving my Kia the paint still looks good. I made a very good choice when I choose my Kia, it now ha...

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