Kia Spectra5 Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your Kia Spectra5

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Kia Spectra5 Problems

Check Engine Light On, Engine Runs OK

The Check Engine Light may erroneously illuminate, signifying a fault with the front oxygen sensor when no fault exists. Replacing the electrical connections at the oxygen sensor with a repair kit available from Kia will commonly fix this problem.

Software Update Available Which May 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.

Noise or Vibration When AC Compressor is On

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 Spectra5 Questions

The front passenger side of the car has power issues (1 answer)

I just recently bought this car used and I don't know much about its background, but it looks like it was in a small fender bender on the front passenger side. I'm not sure if this is related to the power issues I'm experiencing or not, but it's worth mentioning. The car runs grea...

How do i remove alternator ? (2 answers)

a/c problems (1 answer)

my car's a/c is real cold but then all of a sudden it turns hot, put gauges on refrigerant good changed cabin filter what else could i do or have i missed

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Kia Spectra5 Reviews

iI bought my 2006 Kia spectra brand new 9 years ago, and I now have 220,000 miles. I absolutely LOVE my car!! I haven't done the best job keeping up with regular maintenance, and didn't have one single issue with it until about 6 months ago. But considering how many miles I have on it, I'm guessing it's common to start running into issues that need repair. I will definitely be sticking with the...
Original owner,dissapointed that the heater relay switch quit working 2X. The window molding leaks water,-been that way for yrs. Rear brakes pads wear out fast. Gas door has been broken 2X cheap plastic design. Plastic handles on inside of door,chrome plastic cover came off after 1st yr. Car has 97,500 miles need to have an emissions test done,-will see if car passes without major engine work....
I bought this car brand new with just 17 miles on it. It has now 120.000 miles and no oil leaks. I know I have to do the timing belt change, which I have not doen yet, but its still going strong. Love this car. very good pick up and very roomy inside. Great in snow. I now live in Ga and its still going strong!!!! LOVE IT!!!!

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