I just bought my KIA in April due to the transmission problem with my Saturn. The car is great so far but it makes a wierd squeaking noise underneath when I am driving every once in a while. What could this noise mean? I know it is not the brakes so what else would make this kind of noise?
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2004 Kia Optima Question: squeaking noise underneath
Answer #1backyard tech July 30, 2009, 15:15Master
Should have kept the Saturn!
patrick mannion from Greg Solow's Engine Room, July 31, 2009, 00:42Master
Under what conditions do you hear the squeaking noise. Is it under braking, going over bumps, on taking turns? Could the squeaking noise be fan belt related?
Can you tell what corner of the car the noise is coming from or even determine if it is coming from the front or the rear of the car?
ReplyVisitor, July 08, 2010, 07:30
when taking right turn , i had cv joint checke and that not my problem , they say it is in the steering column.
Answer #3Philpam August 24, 2009, 11:47Rookie
This just started happening to me yesterday. Same problem, only I could be driving for 20 minutes or so and once the car warmed up, it would start it everytime I made small turns - left and right - i.e., the small turns into a parking garage,etc. I have 64K miles and it's a 2004. Any thoughts?
Replysmyates, August 24, 2009, 12:33Rookie
I have been trying to figure out when this noise occurs and it seems to be when I am accelerating or as Philpam has noticed when I am making turns. I found a recall notice the other day on motor trend that is very new. Does this noise mean that the Kia may have front suspension problems?
2004 Kia Optima Recalls
MAY 27, 2009
2004 KIA OPTIMA Recall ID # 09V183000 - SUSPENSION:FRONT
KIA MOTORS CORPORATION (KMC) IS RECALLING 36,538 MODEL YEAR 2001-2004 OPTIMA VEHICLES ORIGINALLY SOLD IN OR CURRENTLY REGISTERED IN THE STATES OF CONNECTICUT, DELAWARE, ILLINOIS, INDIANA, IOWA, MAINE, MARYLAND, MASSACHUSETTS, MICHIGAN, MINNESOTA, MISSOURI, NEW HAMPSHIRE, NEW JERSEY, NEW YORK, OHIO, PENNSYLVANIA, RHODE ISLAND, VERMONT, WEST VIRGINIA, WISCONSIN, AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. ROAD SALT APPLIED IN THESE STATES DURING THE WINTER MONTHS MAY RESULT IN PROGRESSIVE, INTERNAL CORROSION OF THE FRONT SUBFRAME. OVER TIME, SUCH SUBFRAME CORROSION NEAR THE CONNECTION TO THE LOWER CONTROL ARM CAN LEAD TO WHEEL MISALIGNMENT AND/OR OTHER NOTICEABLE STRESS IN STEERING, OR ACCELERATED ABNORMAL TIRE WEAR.
CORROSION OF THE FRONT SUBFRAME COULD LEAD TO SEPARATION, POSSIBLY RESULTING IN A VEHICLE CRASH.
KMC WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND DEALERS WILL REPAIR THE VEHICLES FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON JUNE 15, 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT KIA'S CONSUMER ASSISTANCE CENTER AT 1-800-333-4542.
Potential Units Affected:
HYUNDAI-KIA AMERICA TECHNICAL CENTER INC SC075
ReplyPhilpam, August 24, 2009, 13:26Rookie
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! I am taking it in on Saturday for an oil change...they said they would look at it then. I'm so glad you found that!