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#1253 of 1373 Fuel tank capacity
May 09, 2006 (7:27 am)
I purchased a used 2003 Kia Sedona 1/2/06. I been having problems with fuel tank capacity and low fuel warning light. I took my to Value Kia in Coatesville 4 times, this last time they stated to me that my owners manual is wrong, this van fuel tank capacity is only 16 gallon, not 19.5 as stated in the manual and the low fuel light will only come on for a few second when I have 1.6 gallon of gas left.
I have read about this van on the internet and in manuals and can not find this anywhere.
Can someone please help me!!!
#1254 of 1373 Re: Fuel tank capacity [tadik]
May 09, 2006 (10:28 am)
I have a 2002 Sedona EX. I don't have the manual handy right now, so I'm not sure what it says, but the tank is definitely in the 16 gallon range, not 19. Once my low fuel light comes on, it stays on until I get more gas. If it's not staying on, that's a problem.
#1255 of 1373 Re: Fuel tank capacity [times2]
May 09, 2006 (6:09 pm)
I looked up the specs. for the 2002 Sedona EX. You should also have a 19.8 gallon tank.
#1256 of 1373 Re: Fuel tank capacity [tadik]
May 10, 2006 (4:41 am)
I guess I'm suprised by that, because I've never gotten more than 15.5 to 16 gallons in there, and that was with the light on. Maybe there is a 3 gallon reserve, but that sounds like a lot.
#1257 of 1373 02 sedona air bag light
May 10, 2006 (5:24 am)
ok. i just took my 02 sedona to the dealer, had the check engine light looked at, and it turned out it was a defective gas cap. lol. i saved about $400. but, while i was driving home, the the air bag light went on. it was fine before, so i called the dealer and told them about it, and the guy told me, "you have to bring it in, because it`s a different circuit and we have to look at it". it went out for a while and then it came back on, i`m afraid that if i take back to the dealer, they`re going to fix the light and screw something else. any one has any ideas about this? thanks louie.
#1258 of 1373 Re: 02 sedona air bag light [itaricans]
May 10, 2006 (8:16 am)
the SRS (Safety Restraint System) is independant of the Engine Monitoring. The light there means it failed some check and one or more of your bags are likely not to deploy in an accident. You must bring it back in.
I believe the SRS system has it's own codes, so maybe they can pull it.
perhaps you have a problem with your "clock spring", a device in the steering wheel that maintains continuity between all steering wheel mounted controls (radio, cruise, horn) and airbag to the car's wiring harness for those circuits as you turn your wheel from one extent to the other.
then again, it could be a bad bag, or wiring to say the passenger bag. it's hard to say what's wrong.
#1259 of 1373 Re: 02 sedona air bag light [itaricans]
May 10, 2006 (3:02 pm)
Hi Itaricians, My airbag light was doing the same thing. Turned out to be a circuit board in the passenger seat belt clip that was shot. It was replaced under warranty and I have had no more problems with it.
#1260 of 1373 Re: Gas pouring from under van on overfill [bielsangelbabe]
May 11, 2006 (5:50 am)
There is nothing wrong with your van. It is working as designed.
The gas pump auto shut off didn't work. That is why most pumps have stickers that say "do not top off tanks".
If there was no overflow hole, the gas would pool in the compartment surrounding the fill neck of your gas tank. Nothing like driving around with a pint or quart of fuel sloshing around...talk about a fire hazard! So, the gas drains down to the ground and you drive off.
(You aren't leaving your van running or talking on the cell phone are you? Both are BIG no-no's due to ignition source and static electricity). Likewise, getting in/out of vehicle can cause a static discharge.
The other thing that can happen when the auto shut off doesn't work is that it can rapidly splash out of the fill pipe and soak you. So, if you are trying to top off the tank (remember that sticker?) don't stand directly in front of the fill pipe. Stand one side or the other.
#1261 of 1373 Re: Gas pouring from under van on overfill [bielsangelbabe]
May 11, 2006 (6:38 am)
I somehow think there is a puzzle piece missing here. I can't justify a 'pump shut off' feature not working. It's the gas pumps error? why then was the van lurching and losing power? I myself 'overfill' the tank in my 03 every week, never a leak. from the first pump 'click off' I can get at least another full gallon into her. I would like more info, such as did the lurching go away after you idled some of the gas away? did you have it looked at afterwards? did engine light come on at all while lurching? Does the gas cap go 'PSSSS' when you open it? When you say 'alot of gas' on the ground, can you estimate the amount better?
There cannot be a direct to air vent hole in the tank or lines, you would slosh gas out around every conrner! There is a tank venting for vapors but thats not under the middle door either. Gas is not supposed to come out of a sealed, pressurized system. I would have to guess a 'breach' in the fuel line to cause two symptoms like that. Not a broken line either as that would be very serious, and the van would stall due to no gas. Yours kept running. The fuel injection system, being subject to high pressure would be very suseptible to a pressure loss, even a pinhole, or a crack in the line. My biggest concern is that I recently had the rear coolant lines replaced due to a corrosion breach and subsequent leak. Whats to say this doesnt happen to other lines IE fuel or brake lines! Mine was not dangerous (except to the engine itself), those two are possibly fire or crash.
Also on a similar note, we had a 2000 Sportage that we had to have the plate replaced on top of the gas tank. The one with the hose cluster and the sensor for empty-full. Still didnt fix the gas smell, finally they had to replace the entire tank there was SO much rust and corrosion the new plate would not seat and seal. This was in 2003, ONLY 3 years old. Your 04 is at least 2.5 years old....?
If you can, share the 'afterwards' details.
#1262 of 1373 Alternator replacement
May 12, 2006 (7:33 am)
Well it finally happened! I was driving along just as happy as you could be when then suddenly all of the gauges started going crazy and most of the dash lights went on...gas gauge went to empty and back up again, radio cut off and back on...and then the VAN DIED!!! It would not restart.
As luck would have it I was only a block away from home!!! (I was at Hershey park last weekend which is about 95 miles away from me...glad it did not happen then!!!)
Anyway...I thought that the OEM battery had gone bad. I got my son to jump me and I drove it home.
I went out and bought a new battery and installed it. The old one was past the 3 year mark...so it was not eligible for the free replacement. The van was fine for about 1/2 hour...and then the battery light and brake light went on
I put a volt meter across the battery terminals and, sure enough, the alternator was not working!!!
I should have thought of that first...but I had forgotten about the alternator issue with the '02 and some '03 Sedonas. It did not dawn on me that the alternator would go bad this soon (not quite 30K on vehicle). I took it in and the dealer replaced the alternator and belt under warranty...the van is running great once again! They also put a heat shroud around my battery and reprogrammed the vehicle.
This also has helped my AM radio reception immensely! I had always had a problem with most AM stations and noise (had taken it in for this before and was told...NORMAL)! The electrical interference from the old alternator was causing this problem after all.