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Only happens when headlights are on. I replaced the bulbs all around the vehicle and it sill blinks. There are no bulbs out, and the transmission works in all gears including reverse. Not sure why it is fading on and off.

The smell from the a.c. is of old moldy wet rags it bad what can be done to fix rtf his problem

Im new here.Timing belt broke and bent all the valves in the head on my mothers 04 kia optima 2.4 auto.No problem because im a mechanic by trade.Removed head and had all new valves installed and had head shaved.Installed head and all new timing components.Engine light came on for a TPS code so I replaced with a TPS from Napa.Problem Im having as of last night(10/02/2015)is when AC is is turned on it has no power until about half throttle.Ive read a lot of articles about having to remove ecu fuse and disconnect battery--i tried that and it fixes nothing.I also read that it has to be taken to Kia to be programmed.This 1 has got me stumped because check engine light is off and no codes are present.Ive cleaned the maf sensor,throttle body and replaced gasket,cleaned IAC as well.Im leaning towards the non Kia TPS being the problem but not sure if the IAC is the problem because car runs perfect until AC is turned on. any help would be greatly appreciated...thanks

Transmission fluid has leaked but can't find where to add any. Also, having same anti-theft issue w not being able to start car as owners of Sedonas. Car also just shut down while driving.

Normally it will happen after I have been driving it for a while. For example, if I am on the highway, after about 30 minutes it will shut off on me. I can wait about 20 minutes or so and it will start back up.

went to crank car in morning , motor shook then check engine light came on and now shutters or misses when you try to drive it , cant get above thirty

I just had the front struts replaced, they were original and was told at inspection they needed to be replaced. About a week after the repair, the car started making a creaking noise when you turned the wheel. I took it back to the repair place and was told the cushions for the struts were worn out. I had them both replaced on the front end. The mechanic took it for a test drive and said everything was fine. The car is now making a creaking notice when you accelerate and when stop. It almost sounds like the wheels are rubbing. Could you tell me what it could possibly be ?

after the struts were replaced, I picked the car up and about a week later, the front end started making a knocking noise when you turned. took the car back to the repair place and was told the cushions that the struts sat in were worn out. had the cushions replaced yesterday. - mechanic took the car for a test drive and said everything was fine. the car is now making a creaking notice when you start out and when you stop. what could possibly be wrong ?

I have a 2004 Kia Optima. It will crank up but will not stay cranked for more than 15 seconds. I had to have my car towed to a repair shop. They ran test & said that the Security Mechanism on the car was preventing the car from staying crank & I would have to take it to the dealership because they were the only ones who could unlock the security system. CAN YOU HELP ME?

Is this normal it happens around 10 mph when coming to a stop

Its happened before.was able to turn wheel move car put back in park.

I am having trouble with a shortage in my lighting. I am constantly replacing my low beams and tail lights. Now I have to replace my headlight. This problem began a year after I had my car however now it has become worse. I just thought the lights were bad at 1st. Now I realize there is something wrong with my lighting system. I'm thinking maybe there should be a recall on this..... Please help

Ever since my stepdad tried to work on my system and messed with the fuses, my trunk light will not go off while my car is on. does anyone know what could be the problem?

I have 38000 miles on it , and who much will it cost me to fix it

Took car some where else to get oil changed again didn't help is the motor bad now read on internet not to use fram filter in kia

When I am driving with or without air conditions on. What do I check first .

My 2009 has a faulty clock spring the dealership said I see there was a recall on clock springs in my model car but they say years 2006-2008 could my car have been manufactured in 2008

Happening more often, but usually happens after driving ten or more miles. Blows hot air.

at first it was the alternator and i fixed it. it did run but then it died on me, and now when i try it makes a weird sound and i dont know what it is please help

my car had both front and back rotors and brakes replaced 8 months ago. The back rotors and brakes are good. A month ago the car went back to vibrating when I apply the brake to come to a stop. I was told by an mechanic this problem is due to a bad drum located behind the drivers side wheel which is causing my rotors and brakes to wear out. If the drum is not replaced when the rotors and brakes are replaced there, this will always ruin the rotors and brakes. Is this accurate? Thank you! A women's Q&A

Are there any recalls for the back brakes? My back brakes are digging into the rotors making indentions. I have approximately 35,000 miles on my 2013 Optima.

door unlocked but latch will not release using either inside or outside handle.

It worked for 2 days and know it won't start again I think its not get power but that battery is fine what could it be

and it starts to overheat

the starter and battery are good, but it just will not turn over, I use to knock on the starter, but it is still goo, but now itjust clicks when I tried to start it

It only happens when it's hot. It never does this in the winter, fall, early spring or wet weather. Can I just put some type of "packing grease" that won't heat up? Any help would be appreciated.