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Feb 25, 2004 (12:42 pm)
2003 Kia Sedona Minivan. The Check Engine Light keeps coming on. I have had it serviced for this problem 6 times. I have had the gas cap replaced 2 times. I am very careful to tighten the gas cap making sure it clicks at least three times. I do not overfill the gas tank. Yet the CEL keeps coming on (approximately once a month). I'm to the point now that I don't even take the van into the service center, I just drive around with the CEL on. What else could be the problem? The service center says it's from the gas tank/cap triggering the light. Can the sensor from the gas cap be turned off so that it doesn't set off the CEL?
#422 of 1373 Check Engine Light
Feb 29, 2004 (5:45 pm)
For some independent information, go to your Autozone auto parts store. They will pull the diagnostic codes from your computer for free. You don't get tons of detail about what each code means, but you will get a brief description/name. This may help you learn more about the problem than simply taking it back to the dealer.
Also, you could press the dealer for more information.
#423 of 1373 ALL OF THE ABOVE
Mar 04, 2004 (2:29 pm)
Let me see, where to start... I am glad I stumbled on to this web site. Boy can I add. I have a 2002 Sedona EX. I love the darn thing to death as far as capabilities, power and comfort, tows light cargo trailers with ease, but have had several problems with it. Like an idiot, I bought an absolute first run Sedona right when they first came out. I happily own a 1999 Hyundai Sonata, knew that Hyundai made the engine from the XG300 and 350, so I went with it. First thing, A/C. Wouldn't go on the front only. You had to turn on the rear A/C, then they both would work. Replaced controller head, still worked intermittently. Replaced controller head again, worked. Stopped blowing cold, compressor seized, replaced compressor. Shortly thereafter, new compressor seized, replaced compressor and dryer again. Had to do this again less than a month later. Now it works for the last four months (but it has been cold here in Southern Cali, so who knows!). Had a ticking noise that turned into a crunching noise up front (mostly accelerating through turns, replaced the drive axles, CV's, pretty much the whole shooting match up front. They replaced the radio because it was drawing my battery down. Had the brake chatter problem REALLY bad too, shook the van like an earthquake. They turned my rotors and they worked fine for about 40 miles, but they are doing it again. Here is the most fun one though. About two weeks ago, my tranny started to "chatter" as if it was slipping between third and fourth. Replaced tranny. When I went to pick it up, they said it is 100% better, but we are going to replace it again because "it isn't quite right". UNDERSTATEMENT. It is worse (I would kinda' like to see the definition for 100% in the dictionary they are using). When I accelerate moderate-hard up a hill, it feels like the tranny is going to drop, it chatters so bad. All of this, and I only have 28,500 miles on it!!I am now going through lemon law with it, will let you know how it goes. Going to get a Durango or Armada as I need to tow heavier things.
Now all of this said, I STILL LOVE THE DARN THING and I WOULD RECOMMEND IT. You absolutely cannot match the van for value and features at the price (definitely get the EX, if for nothing else, for the captain's chairs to keep your kids from killing each other). And that warranty works! They don't mess with fixing bad parts, they replace at will!! I love the service, too. Just keep track of frequency of repairs and KEEP ALL of your repair orders.
Sorry for writing a book! Now go ahead guys, let me have it!!
#424 of 1373 FORGOT ONE!
Mar 04, 2004 (3:10 pm)
We also found out this last time that the factory put in Champion Spark Plugs instead of the recommended NGKs. So they replaced them with the right plugs. Boy what a difference. I thought it was strong before. I was shocked at the difference, but I would have never known without them being changed out. Ask your service department (or look for yourself) and they will replace them.
#425 of 1373 GUESS WHAT
Mar 06, 2004 (11:31 pm)
It is in the shop again!! The tranny is getting replaced. They are going to try to trun the rotors again (if that brings them to a "too thin" point, they will replace them, and, you guessed it, the A/C is acting up again! I will tell you, though, the service at Kia World in Murrieta, CA is outstanding! I got a replacement car because of the inconvenience of the two closely scheduled visits, they are going to completely clean the inside because they got a small grease smudge on the driver's mat last time, and they are going to give it a courtesy 128-point inspection as if it were turned in as a used vehicle. AND I DIDN'T EVEN HAVE TO ASK!
Mar 24, 2004 (12:40 pm)
Hello, just found this site and glad I did. I bought myself a used 2002 Kia Sedona. I did a lot of research and decided I had to have one. I traded in my 1997 Ford Windstar for it. My windstar was having constant transmission problems, water pump problems, and clunking. I really love this Sedona! I have read almost ALL of these articles and I have one problem related to clicking. Last year, I shut off my van after parking in my driveway and there was a clicking sound. I noticed that the back lighting in my instrument gages were flashing with the clicking. Sounded like my flashers were on. I checked my flashers and that was off. When trying my flashers, they clicked faster than this clicking sound. I restarted the van and shut down. This worked. Later in the month, I started the van and it clicked with the parking indicator flashing and the back lighting flashing. Shut off the van and started it again to fix it. Today, I had it come back. Shutting off the van and restarting did not help. I was curious. Checked the tail lights, they were flashing too. But it is not flashers. Here I was driving down the road with my parking lights flashing, my green drive indicator flashing, my back lighting flashing and the clicking sound. Got to my destination and shut off the van. No more flashing. Taking it to the dealer does not help as it is a "cannot duplicate" problem and they have no experience with that kind of problem. Anyone else still awake after reading all this to tell me if they have had this problem and what they did to correct it?
#427 of 1373 Re: Clicking sounds...
Mar 25, 2004 (10:40 am)
Does the van have a remote starter or alarm installed?
#428 of 1373 02 Sedona, Serpentine belt problem, low miles?
Mar 26, 2004 (3:44 pm)
We have an 02 Sedona with 27,000 miles. Started hearing a very loud squell (sp?). Took it to the dealer, of course they couldn't hear it. Took it back several days later and they diagnosed a serpentine belt problem. We were told it has to be replaced and is NOT covered under warranty. It will cost 100.00 to replace.
Has anyone experienced the same problem at such low miles? Did it cost as much as we were quoted or did you get it covered under warranty?
#429 of 1373 Re: Clicking Sounds
Mar 30, 2004 (6:16 am)
Sounds somewhat familiar to the problem I had with my Olds Aurora ... except your problem stopped when you turned off the car (mine didn't ... I had to unhook the battery!).
Mine turned out to be a short-circuit in the Blinker / Headlight control stalk off the steering wheel. I believe the clicking you are hearing is a "circuit breaker" of sorts that is used to manage power to this unit ... I had the same thing in my Aurora. The clicking indicates that the "circuit breaker" is preventing an electrical overload and when it kills the power, it pauses, and then returns the power, detects another overload, and the cycle continues.
Just my opinion here ... but you should have that turn indicator / headlight stalk checked out.
Mar 30, 2004 (6:47 am)
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