Kia Sportage Repair and Maintenance

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

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Kia Sportage Problems

Faulty Throttle Position Switch

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.

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.

Use Only Kia Approved Transmission Fluid

Make sure the transmission is filled with Kia-approved transmission fluid and at the correct level. Our technicians tell using incorrect transmission fluid or operating the transmission when it is low on fluid can result in internal transmission damage.

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Kia Sportage Recalls

Brake Lights Do Not Operate

The brake light switch may fail, resulting in the loss of brake light operation. Dealers will replace the brake light switch free of charge to resolve the concern.

Vehicle Certification Label Lists Incorrect Tire Pressure

The improper tire pressure information may be listed on the certification label on the body of the vehicle. This could lead to under-inflating the tires, and result in increased tire wear or an accident. Dealers will correct the label information and owners will additionally receive a sticker to put into their owners manual free of charge to resolve the concern.

Brake Light Switch May Fail Prematurley

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.

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Kia Sportage Reviews

The 1997 Kia Sportage is the most disappointing vehicle I have ever purchased. The electronics on this vehicle are Atrocious! The electronic issues with this vehicle are so ridiculous, that the local dealer in my city flat out refuses to even work on their own product. Parts are never available in stock for this model at any auto parts location in Bakersfield, CA. I will never purchase a used K...
oil pan is rotting out.Kia should recall for hazmat and danger of blowing engine
At 70,000 miles my 2006 Sportage gas tank rotted out! At 75,000 miles the motor makes a tapping noise, more so when I first start out. The suspension bangs, sounds like a loose exhaust pipe(which it is not). It`s been like this since day one.

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