Kia Forte Repair and Maintenance

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

Kia Forte Problems

PCM Software Update Available

Various powertrain control module (PCM) issues which can result in dirveability concerns and/or illumination of the Check Engine Light can be corrected by updating the (PCM) software. Our technicians remind us that check engine light related problems should be properly diagnosed before any software updates are completed.

Fluid May Leak From Front Axle Seal

Vehicles with a 6sp manual transaxle may develop a fluid leak from one or both axle seals. The seals can become damaged due to an interference fit of the axle. Our technicians recommend to replace the inner axle tri-pod housing with a revised part along with the affected axle seal. Repairs should be performed on both left and right front axles if a leak is noted.

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Kia Forte Questions

Why did my car shut off while driving, in motion? It totaled due to brakes lock (3 answers)

My Kia forte shut off while I was driving it. I wasn't stopped I was actually in motion. This accured 4 times. This last time in February 2016 it was totaled due to the brakes locking up and it hit a cement wall. I still owe on the car and I can't seem to get Kia to respond to see if ...

How can I get fluid in the torque converter without taking the transmission out (2 answers)

The TC is dry

I noticed a knocking noise when I turn on my heater/air conditioner. It only does it when i take off. It makes a clicking/ knocking noise. After I hit 15mph it stops. What can it be?? (1 answer)

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Kia Forte Recalls

Front Seat Belt Retractor Retaining Screws Loose

The seat belt retractor retaining plates may not be fastened down securely, resulting in the seat belt possibly not securing an occupant in an accident. Dealers will inspect and replace both front seat belt assemblies as necessary free of charge to resolve the concern.

Transmission Fluid Leaks From Cooler Hose

The transmission cooler hose may have been improperly manufactured and may develop a leak. Dealers will replace the transmission cooler hose free of charge to resolve the concern.

Potential Electrical Fire

An electrical resistor is contained in the cooling fan electrical control system. This resistor can overheat and/or melt, increasing the chance of an electrical fire. Dealers will replace the cooling fan resistor and multi-fuse unit. Vehicles with a 1,8L engine will also have the engine control module software updated.

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Kia Forte Reviews

Love this car! I don't see many others on the road and I know I know a secret no one else knows - because my Kia is the best on the road. I wouldn't trade it for anything. It's one of the most comfortable cars I have driven.
This car has the automatic trans. It has plenty of get up and go, we have only had it for 12,000 miles but if it keeps doing as good as it does now we will have but one complaint and it is very minor, your vison is a little restricted when backing up but nothing we can't live with.Over all very happy with it.
I love my car. I bought it just over a year ago and so far (12500 miles later) have had no problems with it. It is stylish, and in comparison to the other cars in its class, it has a TON more standard features than they do (a car for the same price, same class actually had MANUAL WINDOWS. I didn't even think they existed any more!!). All in all, for the price I paid, I really think this car was...

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