Kia Sportage Repair and Maintenance
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Kia Sportage ProblemsSoftware Update Available to 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.
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
Kia Sportage Questionsthe starter stays engaged and grinds after the engine starts, (1 answer)
the starter also engages when moving the shifter from drive to park
What belt is the belt I pulled out I know it can't be the drive belt because the car runs perfect. But I think it has a certain belt but I can't find a belt that looks similar.
need to replace reverse light switch
Kia Sportage RecallsBrake 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.
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.
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.