Kia Sportage Repair and Maintenance
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Kia Sportage ProblemsNoise 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.
Vehicles driven in areas where roads are heavily salted in winter may experience corrosion of the fuel tank, which can result in a leak. Kia has extended the fuel tank warranty on the 1996-2002 models. Please check with you local Kia dealer for more information, the service bulletin number is 059
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.
Kia Sportage QuestionsWhy is only 2 out of 4 cylinders firing (2 answers)
RUFF ideal intake misfires
Rear axle moves sideways when driving into bumpy roads
Does not turn over, was working fine, running well, now nothing, just click sound when key turned to start. Click sound under dash maybe hard to say. manual trans, replaced clutch pedal switch, did nothing!
Kia Sportage RecallsTrailer Brake Lights Stay Illuminated
The accessory tow hitch trailer hitch module may allow the brake lights of an attached trailer to stay illuminated constantly. Dealers will replace the affected accessory trailer hitch wiring harness free of charge to resolve the concern.
The hydraulic electronic control unit (HECU) may allow water to get inside the circuit board area and cause corrosion, a short circuit and possibly a fire. Dealers will inspect the connector pins for corrosion and if none is found, replace the connector cover. If corrosion is found, the HECU assembly and cover will be replaced free of charge to resolve the concern.
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.