1997 Kia Sephia Problems

RepairPal has identified the most common problems with the 1997 Kia Sephia as reported by actual vehicle owners. We'll tell you what the problem is and what it'll take to fix it.

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Known Problems

After the vehicle has been operated with electrical loads (lights, air conditioning), a weak alternator can cause starting difficulties. In some cases, the original alternator could not sufficiently charge the battery; Kia released a new alternator to fix the problem.

Automatic Transmission
If the engine won't crank or cranks but does not start, the flex plate between the engine and transmission may be cracked. A cracked flex plate will cause an erratic cranking signal to the powertrain computer.