Kia Sedona Problem Report
Kia Sedona Updated Timing Chain Tensioner to Correct Noise on Startup
If the engine is excessively noisy on startup (after the engine has been off for several hours) and the noise lasts more than four or five seconds, turn off the engine and check for correct engine oil level. If the oil level is correct, the noise may be caused by the timing chain tensioner. Kia released an updated timing chain tensioner to solve this problem.
I think Kia should be required to fix this problem regardless of warranty coverage. It is a problem they have admitted to by releasing a new tensioner to fix it - Visitor
Had the fan belt replaced some months ago. When starting the engine all is OK. but when I put the auto in drive or reverse there is a rumbling noise until I accelerate slightly. After driving a short distance or a warm up of five minutes or so, the noise is gone. I suspect the belt material itself is making the noise until it is sufficiently warmed up and more pliable. Is this a reasonable diagnosis? Or is there a known cause? - Visitor
Excessive noise on startup when cold then goes away after the car is warmed up. Noise is increased when put in drive or when heater fan is running. - Visitor
knocking on start up that lasts only a few seconds and is louder the colder the engine is..if turned off and back on engine does not make the noise only after its been off for a little while.. - Visitor
Rattling noise upon cold start which lasted until engine warmed up. Took to KIA. They finally decided to replace timing chain tensioner. - Visitor
Our timing chain broke at JUST under 50,000km, 2 years old. Initially, the engine was making a strange noise on startup that would go away and sometimes return on acceleration. No warning lights came on. Within a week, the timing chain broke and the motor blew apart. We have been waiting for a week now to hear from KIA whether they are going to honor the warranty. I'm pretty choked that a 2-year-old motor could blow apart like that - let alone that a timing chain can blow apart like that - let alone the fact that NO warning lights came on - AND, a military mechanic who stopped to try to help us with his service vehicle tried to use the code reader on the van, and NOTHING came up. Now they are suggesting that a short lag in an oil change from a YEAR ago may void the warranty. REALLY, KIA? Hope you come through on that warranty... - swimmar
noise coming from pulley tensionner - Visitor
loud whistling sound from left side by tensioner during startup and rainy days due to the humidity. beginning to last longer. - Visitor
My 2006 Kia Sedona makes a horrible noise only on start up, have had it to kia many times and was told this was called a rough start, also had my kia in the shop in december 2013 cause the oil light was on, when kia called me they said good news is that is not the oil pump but my engine needed to be flused $200.00 later on the way home the engine light came back on. I took my car to another shop they removed the oil pan and said the oil pump was bad and that kia never removed the pan cause the original seal was still on it. - Visitor
Dealership said 14.0 hours of labor and $1240.00 to fix, which will avoid wearing ou the guides. - Visitor
We have had the noisy timing tensioner issue for about 18 months now. Yesterday, my wife was driving the car home and the engine locked up. The dealership confirmed today that there are metal fragments in the oil filter and in the oil. Luckily, we have 2 warranties on the vehicle so it should be taken care of, but now we're unsure of what we should expect. The dealership says that it could take a few weeks, especially with the holidays before they can get an engine in to replace it. Even still, we're not really feeling confident that the van can reliable after this is done. And, it doesn't help that we have the new car fever for the new 2015 model which had a timing belt instead of timing chain. So, now we're unsure what we can expect, should or should not ask for and/or how to proceed from here. To this point, they are not paying for our rental or the tow bill to the dealership. I would start going through the warranty to find the fine print, but that is all in possession of the dealership as they required all documentation on the van in order to process the warranty service. - Visitor
we were unaware of the tensioner problem untill now i own a 08 sedona (still paying on ) and our tensioner failed which caused our timing chain to become loose and break things which all the peices then went all over my engine and a clog so we ended up with low oil presure which none of our gages or lights notifed us of .. we are at a loss we bought the sedona used from a non kia dealership and were unaware of the 60000 mile timing chain we always did our oil changes ourselfs and any other upkeep .. currently trying to get it fixed - munch30
this is my wife's van. she had taken it to Good Kia in Rock Hill SC a couple of times for the start up noise - they told her it was "normal". Now it has gotten worse so that she is afraid to drive it! A mechanic told me to add 1/2 QT of Marvel Mystery oil to see if there might be trash stuck in the hydraulic tensioner. I'm not sure what to do. She has babied that van since day 1 - it looks brand new inside and out! - Visitor
Had timing belt replaced at 115,000 by Kia dealer currently have 132,000m and during initial start up when van is put in R/D get a growling sound from engine compartment lasting until engine is warmed up. since the tensioner is causing the problem will Kia warranty the job since they initially performed the work and installed the defective part - Visitor
excessive noise on start up for a few seconds. goes away after accelaration.very annoying. van has been serviced on time and very well. - Visitor
We took the van to Kia to have the timing belt changed. The day we picked it up, it made that noise. Was taken off and reinstalled many times and the sound never went away. - Visitor
the car is really noisy except when accelerating. It makes a weird noise. I now have 155000 on the car however am not sure what the specific problem is,However I do very well believe it could be the tensioner - Visitor
Engine noise on cold start for approx.10seconds - Visitor
noisy engine but stays that loud for the entire time - Visitor
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Just need to know if it has a timing belt or timing chain
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I have a 2005 Sedona, the engine has a noise coming from the pulley side of the engine. It soun...