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.
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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.
I purchased this automatic new and have regretted it for many reasons. Lack of fuel economy makes me wonder if it is a 'Lemon'?? I am a single (old!!) woman w/out the knowledge or confidence to confront this problem w/dealer or who?? and how? I realize it could be less than sticker said, but SO MUCH LESS?? Anyone else w/an automatic have this BIG problem? Also just recently (i have 14,000 miles on it) I smelled the 'fuely' smell INSIDE ...