Software Update Available Which May Correct Transmission Issues on Kia Spectra

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 105,693 (30,000–175,000)
6 model years affected: 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, more2008, 2009
44 people reported this problem
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My 2006 Spectra feels like it completely skips 1st gear and drags when I attempt to accelerate from stoplights and stops signs, etc. Sometimes it will also lurch when I finally get going. It's not every single time, sometimes I can restart my car and it will act normal again. Its making me feel like I'm crazy. I was told at the walmart jiffy lube that it was a "shift solenoid malfunction" However they had no idea what it is or how much the cost would be to fix it. Still in the process of taking it in somewhere to get resolved...
one morning i was driving to work a,i was doing the speed limit which is 65mph but i always stay a little under that speed limit. i got to about 65 and boom it was like the transmission had come through the floor and it felt as if i was going to be ejected from the car! that scared me to death!!! after that it started dragging so i had to exit the highway and drive the city streets with my emergency flashers on because i could do no more than 35-40 mph.i got out of the car at work and started my day. at the end of the day i got back in my car staying to the back streets only i had no problems.i called kia to do a diagnostic test on my service engine soon light because when the transmission would downshift the light would flash.come to find out the light was from a bad c02 sensor. they ran another diagnostic test the same day and they couldnt find anything.one of their mechanicstold me the computer was going out.they ask me to bring the car back when i have that problem again.now its doing the same thing just sitting in a drive through restaurnt.it kicked back so hard it hurt my neck because i thought someone had hit me from the back!! i would realy like to know where i can have this repair taken care of because this is very dangerious!!!!
Problem is the check engine light came on/off and on again.
Fault codes were p0700 and p0748 as done at Autozone. Some type of fault with the transaxle (P0700) or
failed transaxle control module/failed linear solenoid valve/open or short cicuit condition in the linear solenoid control.
While driving the car shutters hard like you hit the brakes or the trans jammed, it is not right.

Went to (Central Kia) in Plano to discuss prior to bringing it in to check warranty on the 10 year 100,000 mile.
They did not have accurate records so I had to get the original purchase agreement documents to show the date of purchase May 0f 2007 and that it was NEW when purchased from them.
Now we await the verdict at the dealer on Wednesday may 30th 2012 and i will update as to what they say and do.
My check engine light comes on, also while driving the transmission unexpectedly down shifts to 3rd gear. Very disturbing and dangerous if on highway going 70+ mph.
We changed the ATF and after that started noticing the problem. The car would lurch and get stuck in 3rd gear. We took it to a mechanic and he considered it to be a solenoid issue but told us to take it to Kia to have it looked at for a software update. The car seems all fine until it lurches and that is where the problem happens. We can leave the car to rest for a min and drive it again. Sometimes that fixes the issue. We will see o Monday if the software needs updating.
stuck in 3rd and engine light
My check engine light is on and the car only goes about 10 mph. I have 80000 miles on it. Bought brand new. Help please.
2008 Kia spectra seems to only wanna drive in 3 gear
I am having transmission problems. It seems to be my solenoid "C" in my 2008 KIA spectra. I was driving on freeway and out of no where I get a big gult - it felt like someone hit me and then I kept driving for a few miles down whe the check engine light came on. The code numbers P0700 & P0760.
How is this possible for a car this old!!!
I can't be the only one having this problem.
p0755 shift solenoid b
Driving down the highway at 70+ mph the car downshifted into 3rd and stayed in 3rd stoped took off again still in 3rd check engine light came on as soon as it got stuck in low check engine light goes off shifts fine. But doesnt give any warning as to when its going to drop down in low but it is one hell of a ride when its raining and it happens any help advise or info greatly appreciated
Check engine light comes on and it feels as if stays in third gear
the car will have an issue w/ accelerating. i first happened about a month ago and firestone said it was a transmission iussue and the mechanic said they ran a the computer and sort of fixed it. It happened again yesterday while i was backing up and i thoguht i'd look it up.
Only third gear work
I have the same issue as others, from 3rd to 4th is sluggish and if I give it more gas, it shofts really hard. It is not all the time however.
I have a Kia Optima, and I have the same problem. Hopefully this chip replacement will solve the problem. It's a terrible feel when it shifts so hard. I can't believe KIA doesn't announce this so people know. I thought my whole transmission was going.
Shifting between gears is becoming very hard on my automatic 2008 Kia Spectra, and it only has a little over 61,000 miles on it.
car would down shift hard into 3rd gear. had to pullover turn off car and restart car Took it to dealer they say Bad transmission. At 155,000 had to park the car until I can afford replacing the Transmission, Transmission shops said this model is not worth rebuilding.
Transmission is stuck in 3rd gear, and slips a lot so its slow from a standing start. It no longer acts normal when it is cold, its now permanently stuck in 3rd.
Was driving recently in 3rd gear and accelerated to pass - my Kia "clunked" when it shifted to 4th - very loud and aggressive - the entire car shook. That has happened a handful of times now in all different gears off and on. No rhyme or reason to it. It got stuck in 3rd yesterday and i had to pull off the highway to try and make it shift into 1st. Took quite awhile but finally corrected itself when I put the car into reverse. Very scary and annoying.