Last post on Feb 05, 2012 at 6:48 AM
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Kia Sorento, Engine, SUV
#23 of 31 Re: backfired and quit running [testmonky]
Sep 20, 2010 (5:31 pm)
to me its a big plus that the new sorento doesnt have a timing belt!
#24 of 31 Re: 2005 Sorento Command Shaft [tylern1]
May 08, 2011 (5:38 pm)
you need to file a complaint with the NHTSA this is how recalls occur I just filed a complaint for a sheered bolt I think they can offer recalls up to 10 years unless owners start stepping forward and directing their complaints to the correct people kia will keep getting away with this.
#25 of 31 Kia Sorento 2006 bent crankshaft!?
Jun 21, 2011 (5:46 am)
I knew it..... thanks to whoever set up this site! I am a careful lady driver and cherish my car. My Kia Sorento 2006 model (purchased in Oct' 2005) is currently in the dealer for assessment/repair. It has only done 49,000kms and is serviced with the agent every 5,000kms.
2 days ago I was driving to work, the car was a bit noisy and heaving and then the steering jammed. I immediately pulled over and stopped the car, switched everything off and re-started, when I put the air conditioning on the car was worse, since I was about 200mtrs from my office parking blg, I managed to get there, park the car and called the dealer. I explained the story and he told me to drive it to them but keep the a/c off. I declined to even think about driving a car in such a condition and called my insurance to sent a tow truck. They did and off it went to the dealer. To cut a long story short, it has been with them for 2 days and apparently has a catalogue of problems which will cost a fortune to repair. Snapped engine bolt, bent crankshaft, damaged bearings and pulley, hardened timing belt. My car which is in pristine condition and only done 49,000kms suddenly falls to bits? how can that be? I am convinced that faulty parts are to blame and after reading your forum am now positive and worse than that, KIA are well aware of this! Thank GOD it happened in a quiet area near work and not on a major highway with the kids in the car. I have not given the go-ahead for repairs as quite frankly I believe KIA should be held accountable and fully intend to put in a complaint. Can anyone advise of the most direct and effective link to top KIA officials, I live in the Middle East and the local dealer is insisting that since the warranty has expired that I should bear the costs. As far as I am aware the timing belts should be changed at 40,000kms and they did not do so.
#26 of 31 2003 Kia Sorento Timing Belt
Jul 24, 2011 (1:33 pm)
I have a 2003 Kia Sorento w/83k miles. Placing a new timing belt, How do I know when I have the correct tension on the new belt? I had to replace the tensioner pulley also, I made a tool to place in the holes of the tensioner pulley so that I could apply pressure, it works great, so great I afraid I might have it to tight. Thanks in advance.
#27 of 31 Re: 2005 Sorento Command Shaft [tylern1]
Nov 13, 2011 (6:14 pm)
i'm pretty sure kia has to give you a work history on the vehicle, if you have to get an attorney to release the records it may be worth it .
#28 of 31 After Installing New Oil Pump and Gaskets Timing is Off
Dec 20, 2011 (2:33 am)
My fiance just replaced the oil pump, oil pan, and all the gaskets in our 2006 Kia Sorento. As I am sure you are aware, it was not a difficult but rather a time consuming job requiring taking apart the "entire engine". My fiance is not a mechanic by trade however is extremely mechanically inclined; thus, you can imagine how frustrated he became after putting everything back together only to find it would not start. It sounds like it is trying to turn over and at least one time backfiredd. He knows it is an issue of having to adjust the timing belt; however, he can't seem to correct it. In particular, last evening he couldn't seem to tighten the belt so it kept falling off. I have even spent numerous hours searching the web to find a FREE download for a schematic or repair manual as we are experiencing extreme financial difficulties. Can you help??? Any help would be appreciated!
#29 of 31 advice on buying used engine for 2004 kia sorento 3.5 liter
Dec 26, 2011 (7:05 pm)
I recently blew out motor on my 2004 kia sorento 3.5L motor. Not sure what caused it, removed plugs and noticed 2 plugs heavily damaged, removed valve cover and saw damaged lifters. Tried to turn crankshaft by turning crankshaft pully bolt, would not turn. Determined motor completely shot. Planning on putting used motor to save $$. Looking for points of importance when buying these types of used motors. Also, in using the correct vin number can I install a newer motor such as off a 2006?
#31 of 31 Re: 2005 Sorento Command Shaft [soryibykia]
Feb 05, 2012 (6:48 am)
I too have had the 2004 KIA Sorrento crank shaft bolt break twice. Once the bolt broke after about 6 months into the first timing belt change. I took it to the dealer and they were going to charge me $150 to see if it was broken, and then refund me the money when they fix it. It was 30 days from the recall cutoff. The bolt partially came out then seized in the crank shaft. Upon removal the bolt then snapped off. I then drilled out the center, put in an extractor and the extractor snapped off. I then tapped out the bolt with a smaller tap then went to the same size as the bolt thread tap. I replaced the bolt with a new bolt. Three years later it broke again. This time I used the centering jig from http://brokencrankshaftbolt.com/; this made it much easier drilling out the center of the bolt. I heated the bolt to remove any lock tight and the bolt came right out with an extractor. I then drilled out the crank shaft and put in a 5/8 grade 8 bolt with a “spider’ type lock washer and lock tight. The fix seems to be working great. I think the “Heavy Headed” original bolt is a very bad design, as the thick massive bolt head is actually longer then the bolt, causing centrifugal forces that aren’t needed. The standard grade 8 bolt, as used on most crank shafts, seems to work great. I also had to drill out the new harmonic balancer and washer to accommodate the larger 5/8’s bolt. I will try the softer belt tighten technique too. The fact that the harmonic balancer almost sits flush on the end of the crank shaft with no woodruff key (just a roll pin) seems to be a bad design too (have not ever seen this done). This 2004 Sorrento now has 160K on it. Very strong engine, still has a drinking problem.