2013 Kia Sorento Problems

RepairPal has identified the most common problems with the 2013 Kia Sorento based on complaints from actual vehicle owners. We'll tell you what the problem is and what it'll take to fix it.

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Known Problems

In order to correct a problem with the Kia Sorento 3.5l V6 engine that results in difficulty starting, engine vibration, or a rattling sound from the engine compartment, Kia released an updated crankshaft pulley bolt.

UPDATE: A class action lawsuit brought against Kia Motors in regard to the breakage of the crankshaft pulley bolt on Kia Sorento models with the 3.5L V6 may provide relief to some customers who paid to have the repair performed at a Kia authorized repair facility. There are a few caveats, however: 

  • Kia Sorento models from 2003-2006
  • Customer must have completed the repair before 100,000 miles
  • Repair performed at Kia authorized repair location
  • Must be the 3.5l V6 engine
  • The owner must have made a claim by May 17th, 2017
  • Exclusion from the claim is the only way to make further claims against Kia Motors for this issue
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One or both head light bulbs may burn out prematurely requiring replacement. There have also been reports of other bulbs burning out often as well.

The navigation unit in the Kia Sorento may suddenly stop playing audio from all speakers. This includes sound from CD players, radio, navigation, satellite radio, and telephone calls. All other features may still function properly.

This fault requires no parts replacement, and is a software glitch that can be rectified by a 'hard reset'.

To perform the hard reset, simply disconnect the vehicles negative battery terminal, wait 15 minutes, and reconnect the negative battery terminal.

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.

The airbag warning light may illuminate erroneously.  This can be caused by an internal defect in the control module. Replacement of the airbag control module with a revised part may be necessary to correct this concern.