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#673 of 1373 2002-2003 Sedona Van Alternator Update
Jun 02, 2005 (11:04 am)
Service bulletin Engine Group 10
Sedona Vans built BEFORE 2/28/03 have an updated alternator issued to improve charging system performance at idle. It IS NOT nor will it be considered a recall. Its not an safety issue.
To have an alternator installed,only under warranty,under basic 60k,you must complain about discharge of the charging system at idle. I would use the excuse as follows. At night with the headlights on,my headlamps dim. That should be good enough to have the alt isntalled at your local dealership. Vehicles out of warranty will NOT have this done as a good will issue.
Enjoy the info.
#674 of 1373 Re: A/C warm and moaning [kiabuyerfool]
Jun 05, 2005 (5:44 pm)
I also have about 40k miles, but my Sedona is a 2002. Haven't had any significant problems and haven't had any warranty work done yet. Kinda wonder about all the probs kiabuyerfool is having. Says it it is not driven much, only 40,000 miles in the last 17 months. Thats a lot of miles!! When would you have time to put it in the shop 15 times.
#675 of 1373 Re: 2002-2003 Sedona Van Alternator Update [kiatech]
Jun 05, 2005 (7:13 pm)
kiatech, great info you are providing.
we have a 2002 EX with 52,000 miles that has been relatively trouble-free. Are you recommending that folks still under 60k miles, get the new alternator even if no problems have been observed with the original alternator? I have a short list of things that need attention at our dealer and would be glad to add a free new alternator to the list.
#676 of 1373 Re: 2002-2003 Sedona Van Alternator Update [bluedevils]
Jun 06, 2005 (5:59 am)
Reread the post again and make a decission afterwards. I just gave you the info and also how to make the complaint. What you do with it is up to you. Remember the ones that have already had their alt replaced,and it would be with the updated one,this info DOES NOT apply to you.
#677 of 1373 Rust on tailgate around chrome license plate surround
Jun 06, 2005 (8:16 am)
I don't recall this topic being discussed much lately. Our 2002 had a 'repair' done by dealer several months back. Of course the paperwork from dealer does not detail what was done, and I don't remember the advisor having much detail to share with me verbally. The one part I do remember is they had to repaint the tailgate, which required removing the badges and either replacing with new ones or reattaching them.
I thought the fix was supposed to involve adding some sort of cushioning around/under the chrome strip so it would not rub on the paint any more.
Well, ours has now gotten much worse than it was before. Noticeable rust bubbling in a roughly 1 square inch area next to left corner of chrome strip and right corner of chrome strip. Obviously whatever was done, was not up to snuff.
Our van will be going back to have this addressed again; I'm just wondering if there's something specific I need to say or request to make sure the job gets done right. We already took the van back 2 times to have the new badges reinstalled, and still it's not done. I don't even remember why-- parts weren't all in the first time, or they came in but got sent back to Kia, or something silly.
#678 of 1373 Re: Brake and Battery Warning light [hyundaikia]
Jun 07, 2005 (7:56 am)
My 2002 Sedona is doing the same thing with both the brake and charge light coming on att he same time. I'm just wondering if anyone found out the reason why this happens. Thanks!
#679 of 1373 Re: Brake and Battery Warning light [jjinternet]
Jun 09, 2005 (12:33 pm)
Most likely it is the result of the alt going to discharge. But the alt itself my not the be cause. The 120 amp fuse,the main fuse,if the cables to it are not tight,it will go to discharge resulting in you complaint,most likely. If all the circuits are good,i.e. wiring then most likely the alt is the issue and can be replaced under warranty provided its has less that 60K on it. If not,you will have to flip the bill.
With the sumer months coming on this is when the owners of the vans that I outlined in a previous comment will see the issue. Even if you dont and your fall under the umbrella of the time frame I gave for alt update,use the complaint that I stated and you should be able to get it replaced under warranty. Remember if you dont make the complaint about dimming lights,or as the above person mentioned,alt and brake light coming on,then the alt will not be replaced. You have to make the complaint.
#680 of 1373 Re: Major problem: my sedona caught on fire! [spectraman]
Jun 10, 2005 (7:56 pm)
Sorry that I took so long to respond to you, you could say I'm acting like Kia. You see, I was a little offended that you would doubt my claim. Even though it happened 3 weeks ago... it is still very fresh in mine and my two young children's minds. Not only was I a witness to the destruction of my vehicle along with thousands of dollars worth of property, but so were my three and six year olds along with about 20 other small children from the McDonalds play room. That is until a McDonald's employee evacuated the play room for fear of my Sedona exploding and thus shattering the glass of the play room. Fortunately for McDonald's the only glass shattered was from my 03 Sedona Ex. As to posting photos I most likely will in the very near future, but I warn you.... that they are not only informative, they are disturbing. Any family who owns a Sedona remember... this happened while the car was parked with no keys in it. Also, it has happened to someone else whose Sedona was parked in the garage in the middle of the night. Sedona drivers or should I say Sedona parkers beware. Hey Moms please think twice before you leaveyour kids in the car. I know most moms have strapped their kids in the car seat and started down the road only to remember that they forgot something in the house. You go back home turn the car off, leave the kids in the car, run into the house to retrieve the forgotten item. Please remember that it only took minutes to engulf my car ( and lets not forget the toxic smoke that also poured from the Sedona!) Also this car had twenty one thousand miles on it and was just inspected two months before hand. No fore warning of any problems and it ran perfectly.
#681 of 1373 Sedona Hot Radio/AC Mount
Jun 11, 2005 (5:33 am)
The radio/AC mount on my 2003 Kia Sedona gets extremely hot. My first trip to service proved futile because the problem could not be reproduced although the service tech had seen this problem. He indicated that a part corrected the problem. My second trip to service again proved futile as the service tech said that it occurs when the radio is playing because the mount lacks insulation. It occurs when the radio is on or off. The mount feels as if the sun has been beating on it for hours and hours.
Has anyone had this problem? If so, were and how was it corrected?
#682 of 1373 Re: 2002-2003 Sedona Van Alternator Update [kiatech]
Jun 11, 2005 (6:18 am)
"Sedona Vans built BEFORE 2/28/03 have an updated alternator issued to improve charging system performance at idle. It IS NOT nor will it be considered a recall. Its not an safety issue."
I've read your post a few times but am still confused about which Sedona build dates qualify for the new alternator. Ours is a 2002 EX bought in Feb 2002. Don't recall the exact build date but it is obviously before 2/28/03.
Which Sedonas are eligible to have a new alternator installed-- those built BEFORE 2/28/03, or those built AFTER?
I can't tell if your comment means that the pre-2/28/03 Sedonas already have the improved alternator (i.e. NOT eligible for replacement), or if they have an alternator that is too powerful/aggressive and drains the battery too quickly (i.e. eligible for replacement).