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#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).
#683 of 1373 Re: Sedona Hot Radio/AC Mount [pbud]
Jun 11, 2005 (6:19 am)
what do you mean by the 'mount?' Can you describe where that is?
Our 2002 EX's stereo front faceplate becomes very warm after 1-2 hours continuous use. I have seen similar behavior before on other vehicles and I do not consider it a big cause for concern. Your situation may be something totally different, though. Our stereo definitely cools down when not in use.
#684 of 1373 Re: Sedona Hot Radio/AC Mount [bluedevils]
Jun 11, 2005 (5:46 pm)
The mount is the faceplate that lays on top of the lighter, knobs for the AC and heat, and the radio.
The mount gets extremely hot, not just warm. In fact, the Kia tech mentioned that the mount is now a faded black color where it gets hot.
#685 of 1373 Re: Major problem: my sedona caught on fire! [jaywolf]
Jun 11, 2005 (8:40 pm)
Our Kia Sedona also recently caught on fire spontaneously. The keys were out and the engine started on its own! The car ignited in front of our 7 year olds school and began while my wife and daughter were still in the car. Luckily they got out, but they inhaled some of the toxic fumes. The fire department had to put the fire out. There were many children around when this happened and many people could have been hurt. The dealer has told us this is an insurance issue and not their responsibility. Jaywolf please contact me as many of the details are similar. caldempol.net
Jun 11, 2005 (10:36 pm)
This is getting more and more disturbing.
How many different Town Hall members have reported a fire in their Sedona? Are we up to 3 or 4? I suppose I could search through the thread and check...
#687 of 1373 Re: Major problem: my sedona caught on fire! [caldem]
Jun 12, 2005 (6:34 pm)
When did your Sedona catch on fire? Did you contact the nhtsa, I'm sure they are going to be very interested in hearing from you. They're looking to open an active investigation on the Sedona fires.
#688 of 1373 Re: Major problem: my sedona caught on fire! [jaywolf]
Jun 13, 2005 (6:18 am)
Under the circumstances, I understand your frustration.
My earlier post suggesting a link to some photos and other supporting documentation only had two intended goals:
1. To ferret out any possible anti-KIA trolling (which sad to say DOES happen in the anonymous world of the Internet for ALL car makers)
2. (and more importantly..... ) To doubly emphasize the possible dangers of a hidden defect in the Sedona model line. Nothing says it like a picture! Your post (along with supporting photos and insurance investigation report) may be the catalyst to alerting others who have experienced this to go to this website and file a formal complaint:
If an inordinate amount of similar complaints come streaming in, then the NHTSA will be forced to investigate. There's a current recall of nearly a million Ford trucks and SUVs for a similar spontaneous combustion scenario due to a faulty cruise control unit. Check that out here: http://www.ennislaw.com/ford_recall.html
Keep in mind that a good investigative report on the cause of the fire (which I'm sure your insurance company ordered) supporting a defect and not an errant dropped cigarette will be very useful in backing up your complaint.
I'll admit I'm a new supporter of Hyun-KIA, but not to the point of sacrificing people in car fires!
Please keep us posted here on this forum!
#689 of 1373 Re: Rust on tailgate around chrome license plate surround [bluedevils]
Jun 13, 2005 (6:50 am)
Hello, new to the site, but I have been reading the posts and have been saying, "yeah, yeah, me too..." Especially for the rust on the tailgate by the license plate. We have a 2002 Sedona with 38000 miles and noticed the rusting about a month ago. We took it into the dealer to have the serpentine belt changed and pointed the rust out to them. They said we had to contact Kia directly. Haven't done that yet.
We also had a few electrical problems and I am wondering if it is the alternator problem that has been discussed.
#690 of 1373 Re: Rust on tailgate around chrome license plate surround [jenny93]
Jun 13, 2005 (8:10 am)
Contact Kia directly?! That's not how vehicle warranties work. What a load of b.s. It is the dealer's job to fix the problems. That is one reason why the dealer exists.
What exactly did they say that you need to tell Kia? Is the dealer claiming that this is not covered under warranty? I''m pretty sure there was a TSB about this problem and dealers should be well aware of it.