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#14 of 86 Kia Sorento 2003 shifter lights
Nov 16, 2008 (12:59 pm)
Hi. I just had my daytime running light module relaced to correct tail lights not working. (106000K so no warranty left) I also have my shifter lights not working, but the KIA dealer where I live says their are no lights on the shifter and to ignore the problem. I know their are lights under the P/N/D buttons etc. Why they would say their are no lights is beyond me.
My problem is how to fix the lights. They will turn on if I hit the top of the shifter cover 5 or 6 times, but they do not stay on when I shut the car off and back on again. The back of the shifter dust cover is broken off and I can feel down inside with 2 fingers the light wire under the light assembly, but it feels tight. I cannot figure out how to get the shifter cover off to see if the connector I cannot reach is tight or not.
Any help would be appreciated.
#15 of 86 i need help with sum things
Nov 22, 2008 (6:40 am)
can sum one explain to me i jus brought a kia 2003 sorento and i didnt get a manual book so i would like to kno what is the buttons on the mirror for how and what do they operate and the buttons that says set mode 5f 32 f ??? also also if i need to replace my interia light fuse what num is it same wit the the d all other gears r lit but not that one PLEASE HELP
#16 of 86 Re: i need help with sum things [kiakia]
Nov 23, 2008 (6:48 am)
if you have three buttons on the left hand side of the bottom of the mirro..that is the homelink system....for controlling garage doors etc....you must program them using the remote...the button on the right turns the night dimming feature off I beleive...will have to check to be honest..
#17 of 86 Exterior lighting issues for a 2003 Kia Sorento
Dec 03, 2008 (7:59 am)
I am experiencing lighting issues as well with my 2003 Kia Sorento. My exterior lights do not work. Checked all fuses, checked DRL, changed every single bulb in cases one of them was shorting out, and all is ok.
We unhooked the trailer hitch (wiring part) and a few minutes later all the lights came on, even my fog lights worked up front.
Is the hitch wiring causing this?? If so, what can I do?? I did have it installed professionally.
#19 of 86 Re: light problems & warranty [zultanito]
Mar 05, 2009 (10:54 am)
I hope you still check this because I have had the same problem! I am on my 5th time around with my Sorento......every headlight, fog light, taillight, and brake light!
I got Kia Corporate involved awhile back. They supposedly was going to have a gentleman from corporate fly in from Chicago that was bringing a wiring harness with him to see if that was the problem. Well, when it came time for me to take my car to the dealer, the man from Chicago wasn't there and the dealer told me they sent it FedEx. Two weeks later...another headlight and fog light went out! I took it back again and believe it or not..the dealership tried to tell me that this is typical of headlights to do this! Not once did they come up with a remedy for what was blowing these lights. I went round and round with them. I actually was told by an insider of the dealership that when they put my name in the computer, it flashes accross the screen"DO NOT SERVICE THIS VEHICHLE". Keep in mind, I purchased this vehichle New from them, with a 10yr., 100,000 mile warranty plus a bumper to bumper warranty for the same! When I finally got a chance to talk to the owner of the dealership, He told me and I quote" When JD Powers called you, you did not give my men in service all 10's and when they do not get 10's, they do not get their bonuses and that tends to make them mad!" I say that if they don't do their job...they don't deserve the bonuses just like everyone else! Needless to say, Kia Corporate acted like they were going to help me with the problem but they did nothing but side for the dealer as to there being no problem with my vehicle...I got no where with Kia Corporate! I am at 108,000 miles on my Kia and this all started at approx. 20,000 miles. I just replaced another headlight and brake light this week. I also had and still have a problem with the lights coming on by themself and the doors locking by themself.....something else they never fixed! I probably can't do anything more about it now but if anyboby has had this problem I wish you would let me know! And by the way....Kia told me that they never had this problem with any other Sorento! I see the Sorento's passing me all the time with the headlight out!!!!!!!
#20 of 86 Re: light problems & warranty [kail1123]
Mar 05, 2009 (11:12 am)
I continuously have the same problems. TONS of electrical problems. I also get the same responces that NO other KIA has had these problems. I ask them if its their first day on job because look around...I am not the only one. ALSO got the same responce about them getting 10's. Well I havent even gave them 5's becaus of shitty service etc. Being female I am fed so much BS regarding mechanical problems. I tell them just because female I am not stupid. I do research before I go in as to not get screwed however with Kia it does not help. Hands tied. Other mechanics dont usually want to deal with KIA because most of work warranty and/or they want kia to fix their own mistakes which they never do. They lie and say its another part. I have had prob since I left the showroom and they never fix the problems just tell me its suppose to make that noise. Dont ask me how many times i fixed head/tail lights and interior lights cause I lost count. Because I drive lots of miles they like to blame mileage for things going wrong even when car only a year old. I told them I had 3 saturns with over 150,000 miles and took worse car in college and being parked out in snow that NEVER gave me the prob this kia is giving me. I would love to get rid of it but lucky to even get 3K for it so stuck for now.
Mar 05, 2009 (2:20 pm)
have you checked to insure you have a good ground from the fuze box...also assuming you replaced your battery...did you go with one with a higher cold weather cranking.......I did on both...and havent a problem blowing bulbs in over two years now...03 Sorie EX here.....
#22 of 86 Re: light problems & warranty [zultanito]
Mar 05, 2009 (3:19 pm)
Sorento Dome lights...very common issue.
There is a diode located in the dome light circuit (door only positio). It is not in there factory wiring diagram and is just as hard to find in the parts catolog.kia part number 9138a-3e000 should take care of that issue. It is taped into the wire harness under the lower left kick panel (by the fuse box).
#23 of 86 lighting probs...06 LX....
Mar 07, 2009 (4:25 pm)
I tried to upgrade my lights to some blue and they lasted less than a month and in 6 months I went thru 3 pairs...I was told at the store that I was touching the bulbs and should be using bulb grease...still went out...so I went back to the cheap yellow looking stock ones and they have been in there over 6 months now...I talked to a guy online and he went to hid lights...they have their own ballast and take less power to run...get them online ebay less than a $100 bucks...sorry to hear about all these problems cause we sure do love ours...scott