Kia Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your Kia

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Kia Problems

Kia Issues New Alternator to Replace Weak One

After the vehicle has been operated with electrical loads (lights, air conditioning), a weak alternator can cause starting difficulties. In some cases, the original alternator could not sufficiently charge the battery; Kia released a new alternator which can correct this concern.

Software Update Available to Correct Transmission Issues

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.

Failure of AC Compressor Clutch

A defective AC compressor clutch assembly can cause excessive noise or vibration when the air conditioning is on. Improved parts are available. Replacing the faulty clutch assembly does not necessitate replacement of the complete AC compressor or evacuation and recharging of the air conditioning system.

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Kia Questions

spongy brakes not losing any brake fluid. why are they spongy (1 answer)

the brakes work just spongy espesially in the morning. have to pump slightly to get pressure

I changed the crank sensor the timing belt and the crank sprocket (2 answers)

The truck won't turn over

My brake light and batt light were flickering. Replaced the alternator. It dies (1 answer)

Just replaced the alternator because the batt light and brake light were flickering. The car died on my wife yesterday. Put a new batt in and we were able to drive it home. It still has the flickering batt light and brake light. Any ideas would be helpful or a check list to check

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Kia Recalls

Rear Suspension Welds Break

The rear suspension may have a faulty weld, which could result in the weld cracking. Dealers will inspect the welds at the rear suspension cross member, replacing the rear cross member assembly as necessary free of charge to resolve the concern.

Hood Opens While Driving

The secondary hood latch may stick in the open position and not fully secure the hood. This could allow the hood to open while driving. Dealers will replace the secondary hood latch or clean and lubricate the latch, depending on the vehicle's location and the condition of the latch free of charge to resolve the concern.

Front Suspension Lower Control Arms Break

The front lower control arms may fracture and separate from the vehicle due to exposure to road salt and corrosion. Dealers will replace the front lower control arms or add additional corrosion protection to existing control arms as needed free of charge to resolve the concern.

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Kia Reviews

19.9 mpg until Bush wanted Corn Whiskey in the gas. Then it was 18 from then on. The gold paint decided to FADE on every piece of plastic around the car all at once. Tried fuel cleaner and my fuel gauge started screwing up after that. Putting the car in 4x4 mode would make it extremely hard to turn on street. Our transmission failed repeatedly from a faulty ECM that was shorting a wire...
I purchased my Kia Sephia in 2000, it had 11 miles on it and the only problems I had were it had not been line up when pulled from the truck, fixed for free. In 2011 my car broke down and right in front of my house, thank God. had to replace the motor mounts and the water house. I am still driving my Kia the paint still looks good. I made a very good choice when I choose my Kia, it now ha...
Have a 2006 sorento it runs great go to shift it out of park and no matter what gear it goes on it wont matter wont move whats the problem has 180000 miles on it check engine is on what do i do

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