Last post on Feb 26, 2008 at 6:14 AM
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Kia Sedona, Van
Jan 20, 2008 (8:44 am)
KIA Motors has identified vehicles that were built between (10/10/2005-04/10/2006) exhibiting a pulling / drift concern while driving. Improper alignment of the upper spring seat plate can cause noise concerns and drift/pull concerns on some vehicles. Confirm that the vehicles tire condition, tire pressure and wheel alignment has been checked and are within specification before proceeding with this repair procedure. To correct these concerns, the upper spring seat plate may have to be repositioned. The plate has been stamped to identify its rotational position relative to the strut. Refer to illustration below for the location of the proper reference mark on top of the upper spring seat assembly’s outer edge. The baseline mark should be in the midpoint of the back of the steering knuckle bracket mount.
The baseline position is the most optimal setting for the upper spring seat plate assembly to the strut. If the mark is found not in its baseline position, disassemble strut and reposition plate as shown. The rubber spring seat cushion edge should remain positioned correctly against the end of the coil spring. If a pulling or drift condition is still present afterwards, the upper spring seat must be adjusted further. Using the reference mark as shown opposite of the center of the steering knuckle opening as “zero” mark, adjustments can be made in two steps: 25 or35 degrees. The baseline mark should be in teh midpoint of the back of the steering knuckle bracket mount.
Adjust one step at the time, and retest. If the concern is still present, repeat and move the plate to the next step, and retest. Turn steering wheel from full Left to full Right and back and check for noise from top of strut area. It is critical that on the LH strut plate, is rotated counter-clockwise, on the RH strut plate should be rotated clockwise; see illustration. If contact occurs please contact Kia Technical Assistance (800) 494–4542.
#5 of 6 Re: pulling [lavrishevo]
Feb 26, 2008 (3:57 am)
Hi there, im over here in the Uk, but i have the same problem, when i drive along if i where to take my hands off the steering wheel i would veer of to the left and crash, i also have problems with the gera box as sometimes my gears will not go into gear. Ive now got my Sedona into my local dealership and the mechanic telephoned me to say he could not find anything up with my vehicle.
This has made me question my driving abbility and wonder if im driving correctly, my wife assures me that i am and it is the car, but it does make you wonder how and why these mechanics are telling customers these things are thy trying to keep costs down by not fixing the fault under the manufactors G`tee.
if any one has any information from kia can they email me with details please davidwilliams404btinternet.com as im fighting a loosing battle with kia and i dont want to get into the car with my children as i dont think its safe to do so.
my car is a 2005 model.
#6 of 6 Re: pulling [davidwilliams4]
Feb 26, 2008 (6:14 am)
Hi David. The best bet is to go to your local dealership and speak with the service manager and take him/her with you to show them the problem. The pulling of the car there is a fix for this and it stems from the above posted TSB. You of course have to make sure you are on level road to perform this test. A vehicle will pull to the left or right if the road is concaved.
As far as your gear box goes I have not heard of problems with them before. Do you give the van time to go into gear? With the electronic controlled transmission it takes it a few seconds before it gets into gear. A little annoying to be honest but when I shift from lets say R to D I give the van about 2 - 3 seconds before starting off with just my foot on the brake. It seems to like this, if I hit the gas right away after the shift it is not happy. You have to give it a little time to engage. Just the nature of this beast.
If this is not your problem please go into further detail.