Close

Kia Problems

Find the most common issues based on Kia owner complaints.
Tap theto learn more about the most common Kia problems.

Most Common Kia Problems

One or both head light bulbs may burn out prematurely requiring replacement. There have also been reports of other bulbs burning out often as well.
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.
The Kia Sedona is well known for presenting issues to the operator when trying to start the engine. This is especially true for vehicles with the Kia smart key. An issue with the factory vehicle ...
Get a Repair Estimate
Guaranteed by certified locations nationwide. Learn more
RepairPal estimates are guaranteed at over 1,700 quality certified locations nationwide. Learn more
Looking for a particular Kia problem?

2 Known Kia Brakes Problems

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 i...
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...

20 Known Kia Drive Train Problems

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 ill...
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 i...
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 i...

21 Known Kia Electrical & Lights Problems

One or both head light bulbs may burn out prematurely requiring replacement. There have also been reports of other bulbs burning out often as well.
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.
The Kia Sedona is well known for presenting issues to the operator when trying to start the engine. This is especially true for vehicles with the Kia smart key. An issue with the factory vehicle ...

10 Known Kia Engine Problems

In order to correct a problem with the Kia Sorento 3.5l V6 engine that results in difficulty starting, engine vibration, or a rattling sound from the engine compartment, Kia released an updated cra...
If the engine is excessively noisy on startup (after the engine has been off for several hours) and the noise lasts more than four or five seconds, turn off the engine and check for correct engine ...
The accelerator position switch may fail intermittently resulting in sluggish acceleration or lack of power.

12 Known Kia Exhaust & Emissions Problems

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 shoul...
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...
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 shoul...

10 Known Kia Heating & Air Conditioning Problems

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 neces...
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 neces...
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 necessi...

0 Known Kia Maintenance Problems

4 Known Kia Miscellaneous Problems

The airbag warning light may illuminate erroneously. This can be caused by an internal defect in the control module. Replacement of the airbag control module with a revised part may be necessary t...
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 mod...
In cold, wet climates, the driver and passenger door handles may stick, jam, or not return to their rest position; improved handle release cables are available to correct this issue.

0 Known Kia Suspension & Steering Problems

96
Known Kia Problems & Complaints

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 shoul...
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...
Difficulty starting the vehicle may be caused by a defective vehicle immobilizer (anti-theft) control module.
One or both head light bulbs may burn out prematurely requiring replacement. There have also been reports of other bulbs burning out often as well.
The Kia Sedona is well known for presenting issues to the operator when trying to start the engine. This is especially true for vehicles with the Kia smart key. An issue with the factory vehicle ...
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 neces...
The navigation unit in the Kia Soul may suddenly stop playing audio from all speakers. This includes sound from CD players, radio, navigation, satellite radio, and telephone calls. All other featur...
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 i...
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 sufficientl...
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 i...
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 i...
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...
Due to a problem with the automatic transmission control computer, you may experience erroneous Check Engine Light illumination; an updated control module is available.
Get a Repair Estimate
Guaranteed by certified locations nationwide. Learn more
RepairPal estimates are guaranteed at over 1,700 quality certified locations nationwide. Learn more
Researching a Kia?
Get maintenance costs, reviews, recalls and more.