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2.6

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
55,610 miles

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2010 Kia Forte wheels / hubs problems

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2010 Kia Forte Owner Comments

problem #15

Mar 112015

Forte

  • 76,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I have had 3 tire pressure monitor stems crack and disappear into the tire causing a flat at 3 separate occasions. The first time was at 38,000 miles, the last 2 were at 76,000 and within a week of each other. I called Kia but they stated I have to have Kia examine them. The first time Kia told me that this just happens and charged me $200. I went to mavis tire the 2nd time and they replaced it for $83. I called Kia today after the 3rd time and they told me to go to the dealer.

- Highland Mills, NY, USA

problem #14

Mar 072015

Forte 4-cyl

  • 32,000 miles
For the second time on this vehicle the metal stem for the tpsm has broken off, deflating the tire. This time while inflating the tire, the first while parked, . had this occurred at highway speeds an accident may have occurred Kia dealer advises they are not covered under warranty even though they are "safety" equipment.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #13

Jan 022015

Forte

  • 58,000 miles
Tire pressure monitoring stem broke off when tire was being repaired. Mechanic says other valve stems on the car are also fraying and could break. Car has less than 60,000K miles. Stem fragility poses an immediate and very dangerous threat to safety.

- Durham, NC, USA

problem #12

Jul 312014

Forte 4-cyl

  • 92,930 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

On July 31, 2014 I was driving 65mph when rear passenger TPMS sensor gave way causing tire to lose pressure quickly. The back end of the vehicle kicked sideways and then became hard to steer. Rear tire was shredded and tire sensor in pieces. Replaced all four tires twice since buying the vehicle in 2011 due to TPMS indicator light on. First time, on Nov. 7, 2011 replaced all four tires. TPMS light continually came on and had to be reset by tire shop. Tires cupped so bad we had to replace all four again. Second time, on Oct. 7, 2013 replaced all four tires and two sensors from previous flat tires. In 2012 and again in 2013, a TPMS gave way causing the tire to lose air quickly. Both times I was told by the tire shop it was an original sensor that caused the tire to go flat. Once again the TPMS light came on and was continually checked and reset by tire shop. This is the third time an original sensor has caused a flat tire on this vehicle and the third sensor to be replaced. Once again, the TPMS light is on and the tires are cupping.

- Gloversville, NY, USA

problem #11

Jan 192014

Forte

  • miles
On January 19th, 2014, while the car was being driven on the expressway, the driver's side rear tire suddenly went flat. Upon inspection, the hole where the valve stem should reside was empty. This is the second occurrence of this type. Previously, on February 28th, 2013, while driving on a secondary road at 55 mph, the passenger side front tire failed in the same manner. At that time, a complaint was submitted with Kia (confirmation id K2441671). No response or contact was ever given by Kia. Once the tires were disassembled, and the TPMS parts examined, heavy corrosion and metal erosion was present. At some point, the securing nut lets go, and the stem ejects into the tire, rapidly releasing the air. If this is an issue of inferior metal being used with the Kia valve stems, then I feel that a safety recall should be issued. Thus far the failures have only caused the loss of time, inconvenience, driving on the dreaded space-saver tire, cost of replacement sensors and tires, and risk of changing tires at roadside, but sudden loss of control of vehicles could easily lead to serious injury or loss of life to the driver and others sharing the roadway. I am not aware how common this type of failure may be, but it is a potentially serious danger that could be eliminated or at least significantly minimized. Over several hundreds of thousands of miles driven, I have never experienced a normal valve stem ejection, nor know of anyone who has. The TPMS valve stems in question seem to be of some grade of aluminum or aluminum alloy. The Kia sensor body part number is 52933-2M000. Thank you.

- Shorewood, IL, USA

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problem #10

Dec 242013

Forte

  • 68,000 miles
Vehicle was slowly losing pressure in all four tires for about one week prior to incident. Failure of driver's front tire occurred while driving to service station approximately eight miles after inspection of pressure. Service inspection after the incident found that all four sensors were leaking. Tires had less then three thousand miles of wear at the time of the incident.

- Bowling Green, IN, USA

problem #9

Oct 292013

Forte

  • 35,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I was driving home, the low air pressure indicator turned on, and I stopped at a gas station to put air in the tires. I noticed that one of the tps on the rear wheel was cracked. Once I tried to remove the plastic valve stem cover, the valve stem broke releasing all air in the tire. I put the spare on, then contacted dealer. Dealer states that I need to purchase new tps, as the "sensor will not break on its own." Car has 35K on it, still has factory warranty, however, this item is not covered.

- Herkimer, NY, USA

problem #8

Sep 242012

Forte

  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Kia Forte. The contact stated that the front driver's side tire became deflated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis. The technician stated the tire sensor had fractured and would have to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired however, the failure recurred. The front and rear passenger's side sensors also became fractured. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 55,000.

- Westport, MA, USA

problem #7

Oct 302012

Forte 4-cyl

  • 52,000 miles
The TPMS on three tires have corroded and caused loss of tire pressure. This has lead to having to replace all three sensors. When this sensor corrodes, you cannot add any air to the tire for a temp fix until it is repaired and you are forced to drive on the spare tire. This repair runs around $200 at the local Kia dealer.

- Erie, PA, USA

problem #6

Jun 122013

Forte

  • 86,000 miles
After incident at 70 mph and taking the car to the Kia ann arbor Michigan, the service manager refuses to write in the service report the observed cracked nut supporting the front passenger wheel stem. The complaint was issue under Kia #[xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Brighton, MI, USA

problem #5

Jun 122013

Forte

  • 86,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Kia case #[xxx] after inform Kia on wheel stem failure due to corrosion(Kia case number[xxx]) Kia decided not to issue nor elevate the problem on wheel stem supporting nut failure. Kia did not accept my offer to ship the failed stem and nut for test or inspection. Kia denied to warrant the involved parts after offer the car for 100,000 miles or ten years "bumper to bumper" information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Brighton, MI, USA

problem #4

Jun 122013

Forte

  • 86,000 miles
The tire deflate rapidly when driving at 70mph on freeway. When in the tire shop technician reveled there was no puncture but the stem was missing. After removing the tire the stem was found inside the tire with visible corrosion signs. By inspecting the rest of the stem, was found that all three stem supporting nuts have traces of corrosion but one of them on the passenger front wheel the nut was cracked. We concluded as cause of the problem was the crack in the nut that secure the stem in position. The failure can be verified by the corrosion mars present of the failed wheel stem. The component is identify as fcci id: Kr5S180052015B ic:267T-S118015B id:0C2bde37 S180052017E 09096 Continental PA66 GF30 52933-2M000.

- Brighton, MI, USA

problem #3

Jan 072013

Forte 4-cyl

  • 61,000 miles
The TPMS sensor retaining nuts crack and cause the tire to suddenly loose all air pressure. This has happen on two different occasions while traveling on the highway. This destroyed the tire. Today while getting brakes serviced it was found I have a third retaining nut that is cracked.

- Marion, NY, USA

problem #2

Oct 122011

Forte

  • 6,298 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Kia Forte. The contacts stated that while driving approximately 65 mph, the TPMS warning light illuminated. The contact merged to the shoulder where he noticed that the front driver's side tire was flat. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and diagnosed that the TPMS unit needed to be replaced. The contact mentioned that the failure recurred on two additional occasions, involving the rear driver and the front passenger side tires being affected by the TPMS leaking. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 6,298 and the current mileage was 10,200.

- Parma, OH, USA

problem #1

Jun 082012

Forte

  • 39,920 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Kia Forte. The contact stated that the low pressure tire warning light illuminated. The contact added air to tires and the problem was resolved. The failure recurred and the side passenger rear tire was constantly loosing air. The vehicle was taken to dealer however the contact did not receive a diagnostic. The contact stated while driving 60 mph, the passenger rear tire exploded. The tire was replaced but the failure recurred with the new tire. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate current mileage was 44,000. The failure mileage was 39,920.

- Glendale, AZ, USA

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