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#747 of 1373 Re: Sedona fires [jaywolf]
Jul 05, 2005 (8:45 pm)
My 2003 Kia Sedona caught on fire on June 21, 2005. I had moved my car across the street that morning for street cleaning and had gone back inside my house because I had been waiting for my son to get ready for school. The car engine was not running. I had been inside the house for 5 to 7 minutes, when a neighbor came to my house to tell me that smoke was coming from my car. I went to my car and found that there was fire coming up from the inside front driver side of the vehicle ( down by the area above the brake and gas pedals). The fire was put out by the fire department and luckily no one was hurt! The incident is still under investigation and I haven't yet notified Kia of the situation (though I will). I have been to another website that also mentioned 4-5 similar situations of fires in 2003 Kia Sedonas (mycarstats.com)! I am really annoyed over this whole thing!
#748 of 1373 Re: transmission issue [sedonasorento]
Jul 07, 2005 (5:32 am)
Has this problem been solved? We have expeirenced drive loss in our 03 Sedona also. The vehicle would vibrate and buck and lose all gears and motion, including Park!? We had it towed into the shop and when it came off the tow truck it was fine and ran like a top. It happened again yesterday and now I'm really worried. Had it towed to the dealer but haven't heard anything yet. Help please. CJ
#749 of 1373 Re: transmission issue [cjc1959]
Jul 07, 2005 (6:49 am)
On ours, it only happened the one time. The vehicle had reverse and park, just no forward gears. Had it towed to the dealer, and of course it worked perfectly for them. No problems since - probably a temporary electronic glitch. Doesn't sound like the same problem you are having, though.
Jul 07, 2005 (9:09 am)
Just got back from having both low beam headlights replaced. (03 EX) Not unexpected as we run all the time with headlights on. ($25 each plus labor, $116 total)
Thought you might like to know there is a TSB (049) May 2005 out for EX's for the rear hubs/bearings to check/replace. Right now these are out of stock, so you might want to get yours checked/replaced. I found it out on the Kia.com service manual website ($79/yr to access BTW) although you can find it on the mycarstats.com website for free.
In regards to post 732/733, your rumble may be your air conditioning compressor. If it hasn't been replaced with a new one yet, the original unit seems to be noisy and usually fails at/near the end of warantee life. We noticed ours at 1200 miles, and the tech just ordered a new one at 42k. Still works good, though.
Stay safe, all. r/JC
#751 of 1373 Re: Sedona fires [yapster]
Jul 07, 2005 (11:39 am)
Sorry to hear about your 03 Sedona ... I hope you have contacted https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/ivog// . They have started a preliminary evaluation with only 5 fires. You will be #6. I think that the nhtsa is all over this because the fires start while parked. Just think of the potential damage a parked Sedona could do at a gas station! As to you being annoyed ... just wait until you start to deal with Kia. I am out close to $4,000.00. When I bought the car in Feb. 04 I thought I was getting a great deal. For $500 more I was able to get a 03 Ex instead of a base model 04. Look at what that $500 has cost me in the end. If I had been treated fairly, I would have had no issues with Kia. I would have been able to say, yes my Sedona was a problem, but look at how well Kia treated me and values me as a consumer. I can't say much for the way I was treated. I guess you could say my opinion on Kia is "Inconclusive", whatever that means.
#752 of 1373 Re: Low Humming while accelorating and Dome light problems [teamnd]
Jul 08, 2005 (4:03 am)
Low hum on the right side,I am assuming intermittantly. If it does it while the ac is on,it is most likely going to be the rear ac unit expansion valve. Rear wheel bearings will either be faulty or not i.e. its either broke or its not. Next time it makes the noise see if the ac is in operation or not.
Your lighting issue may be the switch itself. It controls the current to the lamps. Only way to verify is to be able to duplicate.
Door locking issue. May be that the door handle rods are hanging up on the inside of the door panel and in turn the switches arent going to the fully closed or open position. In turn the door locks will seem to have a mind of there own at certain times. I have seen the door lock rods hang on the vapor barrier. Hope it helps.
#753 of 1373 Re: Battery life [bluedevils]
Jul 08, 2005 (4:09 am)
Sounds like you may be a canidate for the alt update,if it hasnt been done yet which can be done while under warranty. If it has been done mostly likely a faulty battery.The battery lasted most likely 3+yrs,I wouldnt complain. There actually may even be alittle proration left on the battery for warranty to cover. Look into it. Doubtful that there is a starter issue but I have replaced a small number of them,in 4 model yrs. I think 3. Hope it helps.
#754 of 1373 Re: WHAT SHOULD I KNOW [navyair]
Jul 08, 2005 (4:14 am)
I personally would advise you to NOT attempt to put that timing belt on if you have never done one before. Not only is it a royal pain in the ****,but there is NO room for mistakes if ya get the cams out of time,there are four of them,the valves,all of them will bend. Then you can add another 2500$ to the bill of trying to save 400-500 bucks. The tensioner is hydralic also and will have to be compressed before reinstallation. AC has to be sucked down,radiator needs to be removed, Need more info? Just pay someone to do it. Thats my best advise. Hope it helps.
#755 of 1373 Re: Battery life [kiatech]
Jul 08, 2005 (4:15 am)
Thanks. I am on the board this morning to dig up the details you posted about how to get the alternator thing examined and replaced.
Will I strengthen or weaken my chances of that free warranty repair by showing up with a fresh new battery? I'm ready to get new battery installed today since we will be driving the van this weekend. Planning to make appointment at dealer for sometime next week.
This OEM battery lasted almost 3.5 years so I'm not all that disappointed.
#756 of 1373 Rust on rear hatch - kiatech?
Jul 08, 2005 (4:18 am)
Our dealer attempted to repair this problem, which included a full repaint of the hatch and them keeping our van for several days, but it didn't work and our 2002 EX now has significant 'bubbling' under the green paint around the chrome strip above the license plate region.
The problem has gotten worse gradually over the past 6-12 months.
Am I likely to get any static when returning to the dealer and expecting this to be corrected free under warranty? We're well under the 5 yrs / 60k miles, but I would hate for the dealer to say, 'this is not RUST-THROUGH so it isn't covered.' I don't expect that to happen, since they already acknowledged the problem by trying to fix it once before.