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.
Car Problem Reports
Kia Sportage Software Update Available to Correct Transmission Issues
Kia Sportage Problem
Drive Trains Affected: 2WD, 4WD
Average Mileage: 59,739 mi (22,000 mi - 102,000 mi)
I have faithfully changed the oil and maintained my 2009 Kia Sportage. I have not had any major issues with it until now. The check engine light came on yesterday and the dealership is telling me that it needs an entire new transmission to the tune of $1900. Of course, it's just out of warranty with 102,000. I am the original owner and have had all my work (oil change, tire rotation, etc) done at the dealership. They tell me there is nothing they can do since it's out of warranty. I plan to contact Kia corporate and see if I get anywhere.
Visitor, 2009 Kia Sportage, 2WD, 55,000 mi
Slow to shift into 3rd. Engine RPMs raise ~300-500 between shift.
Visitor, 2009 Kia Sportage, 2WD, 22,000 mi
Transmission shifts slow into gear