Kia Spectra Repair and Maintenance

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

Kia Spectra Problems

Oxygen Sensor Code Due to Failed Electrical Connections at Sensor

The Check Engine Light may erroneously illuminate, signifying a fault with the front oxygen sensor when no fault exists. Replacing the electrical connections at the oxygen sensor with a repair kit available from Kia will commonly fix this problem.

Kia Issues New Alternator to Replace Weak One

The original alternator was incapable of supplying sufficient power to the battery when the engine was idling with electrical loads (lights, air conditioning). A new, more powerful alternator and reprogramming of the powertrain computer will commonly correct this problem.

Software Update Available to 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.

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Kia Spectra Questions

How many downstream 02 does kia Spectra have (1 answer)

#3 cylinder not firing , receiving fire from spark plug (1 answer)

When driving the car it gets to around 10-15mph then it wont go any faster. does that mean the transmission is going out or could it be a sensor? (1 answer)

just bought the car and it seems to have no power (wouldnt even drive up the ramps onto my car trailer) and only gets to about 15mph then wont go faster like maybe it isnt shifting into the next gear. would that be the whole transmission or would that be a sensor or something? i have no knowledge...

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Kia Spectra Recalls

Fuel Leak Due to Rusty Fuel Tank

On vehicles driven in areas where road salt is used, the straps that secure the fuel tank may rust and break. A broken fuel tank strap could allow the fuel tank to drop and contact the ground, which could result in a fuel leak. With any fuel leak, there is always an increased risk of a fire. Dealers will replace the fuel tank straps and attaching hardware with zinc-coated parts. This recall is scheduled to begin during June 2011. The Kia recall number is SC090.

Front Passenger Air Bag Stays Active With Child Seat Installed

The passenger side air bag may remain active when a child seat is installed. This can allow unintended deployment of the front passenger air bag in a crash. The dealer will reprogram the ECU (electronic control unit) for the OCS (Occupant Classification System) free of charge to correct the problem.

Poorly Manufactured Tie Rods May Break Leading to a Crash

On certain vehicles the steering tie rods may have a metallurgical defect causing them to brake. This could lead to loss of steering and an accident. The dealer will replace the whole rack which includes the tie rods free of charge. The KIA recall # is SC-047

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Kia Spectra Reviews

I bought my '06 Kia in '07 used, a previous lease I think they said with 14,000 + on it. I have really done some horrible things to that car. Threading the needle on freeways, taking it ice skating in the grand canyon and multiple cross country road trips. I drive in town a lot as well and it's been almost 70,000 miles and I'm just now needing to repair the breaks. My only complaint is ...
I have a 2008 KIA Spectra. I got it used with only 4,000 miles. I have to drive a lot in my business. I have this car serviced as required and haven't had any problems. Can't believe that this little engine and a lot of get up and go. It's terrific. Great gas mileage.
I purchased my 2007 Spectra in August of 2007. I have 118,000 miles on it now and thus far, other than the oil, the only parts I've changed are the thermostat (once), the brakes all around (once), a park light and a headlight. Twice the car didn't start for me in 6 1/2 years, and both times it was because I'd left a light on all night. I don't care that it's not pretty, it has been a blessing t...

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