Kia Optima Repair and Maintenance
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Kia Optima ProblemsKia 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.
A faulty door latch assembly may cause one or both front doors to be difficult to open. Replacing the worn latch will commonly correct this problem.
Check Engine Light illumination—combined with a lack of power or a stumble on acceleration—may be caused by the throttle position switch (TPS). Kia released an improved part which should correct this concern.
Kia Optima QuestionsWhy won't my wipers turn off? (1 answer)
My windshield wipers wont turn off and the fluid keeps coming out, it occured after my brights got stuck on and wouldnt turn off
I was out and parked my car, turned off the a/c. And right there and then it smelled like something burned. After that I tried to turn it back on and nothing happen. It doesn't even blow hot air, it does nothing. What do you recommend? What should I look for?
I bought the car used and it doesn't sync properly for directions
Kia Optima RecallsDriver's Frontal Air Bag Does Not Deploy Fully In An Accident
The dual stage driver's frontal air bag may not deploy fully in an accident due to a missing chemical enhancer not loaded with the air bag for proper second stage deployment. Dealers will replace the driver's frontal air bag module free of charge to resolve the concern.
The affected Kia models are being recalled because the brake light switch can fail prematurely, resulting in the loss of brake light operation as well as concerns with other electrical systems including: Cruise control, push-button start feature, shifter, and Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system. Dealers will replace the brake light switch to correct this concern.
The clock spring electrical assembly in the steering column may become damaged over time, resulting in high resistance in the driver's airbag electrical circuit. This could cause illumination of the airbag warning light and/or the driver's airbag may not deploy as designed. Failure of the airbag to properly deploy increases the risk of injury to the driver in the event of a crash. Dealers will replace the clock spring contact assembly as necessary to correct this concern. The Kia recall number is SC094.