Kia Spectra Repair and Maintenance

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

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Kia Spectra Problems

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.

Check Engine Light On, Engine Runs OK

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.

Windows not working due to bad window motor

2001 Kia spectra driver window won't go up and down. The same problem with 2002 Kia sorento driver rear window motor went also

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Kia Spectra Questions

Turned on headlights--no low beams. Fuses and relays are good. Is this a switch? (1 answer)

All lights except for the low beams work. The lights were not left on...

transmission will not shift out of park and the wheels spin freely. can i fix? (1 answer)

car up on blocks. repaired many things from timing belt to fuel filter.While changing out the struts/the wheel hubs were moved all over. after assembly the car will not shift and the hubs turn freely, but together. not sure where to start. did i disengage the axel? is there a sensor? need more info?

What can cause misfiring ? (1 answer)

Car misfiring idle high after stop and go..things replaced...spark plugs..crank shaft sensor and now fuse panel help!

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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 purchased my 2007 Kia Spectra in Sept. 2007 and I have had it for 9 years with little to no trouble. It currently has 248,000 miles on it. I have replaced a 02 censor (I think thats the name of it). My cd player has died but I do see that this is common in the car. Recently had trouble with the timing change belt as I never ever had it changed and it was to be changed at a little over 100,000...
Bought my Spectra EX in Mar 06 new, has 140000 on it gets 30 mpg at 70 mph and I've replaced rear brakes at the 6 yr mark but the front are okay! Probably next year for both and the rotors look like new too! I had a drivers door release break, CD player died and the AC fan belt replaced in the last 9 yrs. Still has get up and go anytime I want it and now I'm trying to replace the radio antenna....
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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