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#22 of 38 Re: Strut Problems - 2004 EX [minivanfrank]
Feb 26, 2007 (8:54 pm)
Took my 04 Sedona to Daytona Kia today for the strut FIX, along with 30k service. It seems to be FIXED!! No more annoying Bonk/Thump at slow speeds. The Svc Mgr had the TSB printed out and included on the repair write-up. So now we will see how long these new strut mounts work before the noise comes back.
I did notice as I was driving home that I don't seem to feel all the suttle road bumps at high speed that I used to before the FIX. This is a good thing! It is as if there are softer springs now soaking up some of the thump, thump that you have at high speeds. A different kind of thump than at slow speeds. Time will tell if it is really fixed!
Now - to the bad news! The 30k service here in Daytona was pegged at $379 plus tax - quite a steep price for the few things that are done. I only had it done at Kia for the warrenty especially for the Transmission. Thinking there would be a complete power flush of the transmission fluid, I soon came to realize that only 3 quarts of fluid were used. After questioning the Svc Mgr, he said only a drain and fill of the trans was required for warrenty purposes- thus 3 quarts.
Heck, I could have done that myself for much less. That will be the last time I go back to Kia for anything but Warrenty work. It is really a rip off. Total parts used in the 30k svc came to $74 - plus $27 of shop materials!! What a joke. By the time it was all figured up, it was $404.30!!
To me it was worth about $100 in real value, and that is a high estimate. I have always worked with the same Svc Mgr, and they have addressed all my problems in a timely fashion, and I am satified with their service. But at a unusually high cost.
My opinion - find a good independent garage/mechanic, and have all your routine maintenance done with them at a fraction of the dealer cost! I used to do all my own maintenance, but I'm getting to old and lazy to do it anymore.
#23 of 38 Re: Strut Problems - 2004 EX [boxwrench]
Mar 17, 2007 (3:36 pm)
..just wanted to let everyone know that I, too, just got the fix as well and my 03 sedona rides much better. Not smooth as glass, mind you (not that I expect that with a minivan!), but much of the harshness over small bumps has been greatly reduced. Print out the TSB and take it in to your Kia dealer if your ride is excessively rough. It really helps! Joan
#24 of 38 TSB- 2004 Sedona - Struts
Apr 23, 2007 (12:56 pm)
I have searched for the TSB about the struts but can't find it on the net. Can anyone post a link here? or email it to me at:
Thanks for any assistance
#25 of 38 Re: TSB- 2004 Sedona - Struts [chrisbatto]
Apr 24, 2007 (7:28 pm)
Here is a partial description of TSB #KT2007020501 from the KiaTech website. Just refer your dealer to that TSB #. If your Sedona is still within the warranty it should be at no cost. Mine was with 30k on the odometer.
Try this site for info
TSB No. KT2007020501 TSB Type General
Language English Published 2/5/2007
Model Sedona [GQ](2005) Area N. America
Gr./Sys./Comp Suspension System / Front Suspension System / Front Strut Assembly
Symptom SSN001 - Noise
Subject 2002-2005 Sedona Strut Mount Improvements (Chassis - 015)
Some owners of 2002-2005 Sedona vehicles produced from 5/1/2001-8/31/2005 may complain of front suspension noise over rough road surfaces at speeds between 18-31 MPH. To reduce the noise Kia has redesigned the strut mount with a modified rubber composition to improve the overall sound dampening in the affected speed range. However, all other suspension components should be checked for performance prior to installing these replacement strut mounts. Concerns with worn out struts and/or rubber mounting components should be addressed before installing these revised mounts. This TSB should only be used for customer complaints at speeds between 18-31 MPH.
#27 of 38 Looking for structs and struct questions, please.
May 02, 2008 (6:11 pm)
I have a Sedona '02. Looking for a pair of struts and seems unavailable after market. I have google and found nothing. Would you please advice me where to get them in reasonable price. Preferable online. May be a part number or something specific that can help me spot it. Do I need to get the strut mounts and dampers?
The struts vibration issue discussion on this thread has been a year by now. Is there a fix for that yet? The problem seems getting worse.
Your help is greatly appreciated.
#28 of 38 Re: Looking for structs and struct questions, please. [bwayn]
May 03, 2008 (3:41 pm)
#29 of 38 Re: Looking for structs and struct questions, please. [metche]
May 04, 2008 (12:53 pm)
Thanks metche; they don't have it.
#30 of 38 Strut issues for a 2006 Kia Sedona
Jun 01, 2008 (12:33 pm)
I have been reading the post about strut issues and the "fix" for harsh ride and bumps. All of the post that I have read seem to be for 2005 and earlier. I have the same complaints with my 2006, as in harsh ride over bumps etc. Does anyone have the same problems with their 2006 and if so is there a factory bulletin out on the repair of the 2006?
#31 of 38 Re: Strut issues for a 2006 Kia Sedona [jimmyy43]
Jun 02, 2008 (12:17 pm)
I have a 2006 Kia sedona. I had front passenger side "clunking" and took it to local Kia dealer in Trenton, NJ. They first replaced front "sway bar"? and clunking still persisted. On 2nd look they had to replace the whole engine"cradle" which is a 4ft. x 4ft. square piece that the engine and other suspension parts are attached to. Clunking noise is no longer there. This was a 2 day repair and they gave me a loaner during the repairs.