Software Update Available Which May Correct Transmission Issues on Kia Spectra

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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Average mileage: 95,228 (30,000–150,000)
5 model years affected: 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, more2009
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2006 Kia Spectra110,000
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...
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2006 Kia Spectra66,000
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.
2006 Kia Spectra69,000
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 of their mechanicstold me the computer was going out.they ask me to bring the car back when i have that problem its doing the same thing just sitting in a drive through 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!!!!
2008 Kia Spectra82,000
I have the same problem with my Kia Spectra. The car will be driving fine and then without warning, BAM, it drops a gear and the check engine light comes on. Have taken it to a highly recommended Transmission Shop and no codes would show up. This guy is totally perplexed by what this car is doing, and that's scary. Doesn't ANYONE have an answer to how to get this problem fixed??!?! It is scary when you're on the highway and all of a sudden it does this because it happens without warning! Who do we contact about this problem?!?!?
2006 Kia Spectra60,350
stuck in 3rd and engine light
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.
2007 Kia Spectra80,000
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.
2004 Kia Spectra110,000
Sluggish going in reverse sometimes Replaced radiator then engine light came on few weeks later
2006 Kia Spectra89,000
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.
It hesitated to go
2008 Kia Spectra150,000
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.
2008 Kia spectra seems to only wanna drive in 3 gear
2006 Kia Spectra143,323
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
2006 Kia Spectra63,000
p0755 shift solenoid b
my kia will yank back when we drive it on and off and it gets stuck in 3rd gear when we didnt even touch anything to move the gear to a differnt one.
2006 Kia Spectra122,000
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.
Just like everyone is saying
lurching, cuts off when i stop.
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