Kia Optima Repair and Maintenance

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

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Kia Optima Problems

Front Door Will Not Open Due to Faulty Latch

A faulty door latch assembly may cause one or both front doors to be difficult to open. Replacing the worn latch will commonly correct this problem.

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.

Faulty Throttle Position Switch

Check Engine Light illumination—combined with a lack of power or a stumble on acceleration—may be caused by the throttle position switch (TPS). Kia released an improved part which should correct this concern.

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Kia Optima Questions

How can I fix my navigation system? (1 answer)

It always shows my starting position in another place about 4 miles from my home. No matter where I drive--it STAYS in that position. Even though I can plug in a location and it still finds it. My icon just NEVER moves anywhere. Therefore, I can't use it to get directions because it won't...

My daughter steering wheel making dangerous clicking sound every time she move (1 answer)

Every time she moves or turn steering wheel, it clicks like it's going get stuck at any time. I don't want her to have any more issues can't afford get this fixed, I don't work. Is this car a recall?

Car just died now won't stay running has a load clanking sound in motor. (1 answer)

Motor died at signal, starts but not very long and runs real ruff with load clanking sound in motor. Oil looks burnt. No overheating or oil light coming on does anyone know what it could be?

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Kia Optima Recalls

Right Front Axle Driveshaft Separates From Vehicle

The right front axle driveshaft may crack and fail, separating from the vehicle. Dealers will replace the front axle driveshaft free of charge to resolve the concern.

Driver's Frontal Air Bag Does Not Deploy Fully In An Accident

The dual stage driver's frontal air bag may not deploy fully in an accident due to a missing chemical enhancer not loaded with the air bag for proper second stage deployment. Dealers will replace the driver's frontal air bag module free of charge to resolve the concern.

Brake Light Switch May Fail Prematurley

The affected Kia models are being recalled because the brake light switch can fail prematurely, resulting in the loss of brake light operation as well as concerns with other electrical systems including: Cruise control, push-button start feature, shifter, and Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system. Dealers will replace the brake light switch to correct this concern.

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Kia Optima Reviews

I got stuck buying from Dons used cars. He is a buy here pay here dealer. It is a 2004 Kia Optima and i was in a rush as they just done detailing the vehicle. So after i got the car home and checked KBB i found out he was charging me 4K over the book value! $7K for a vehicle with 166K miles on it! And its starting to break down! I put 4 new tires on it and that's all im going to ...
Best car I have bought. It is the most less expensive vehicle ever driven - the routine maintenance is not all that expensive. I am so glad that purchased a Kia vehicle gas saver 100% trouble free only things in the lasted 6 years were battery, tires, pads and plugs at 85,000k. The car is very dependable most people might say bad things about lower economical cars but with me buying a Kia was b...
Bought my 2004 Kia Optima LX 4 cylinder in 2008. Had basically NO problems with it at all till 2014. Door locks would occasionally not want to lock or unlock from inside and outside, as well as, with key or door lock buttons. CD player would not always take in CD or would spit it out on it's own. Seem to go through breaks often and gas mileage not what was expected. 2014 - Engine all of a sudde...

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