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1998 Kia Sephia cooling system problems

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1998 Kia Sephia Owner Comments

problem #9

Feb 051999

Sephia

  • miles

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

Engine coolant leaking, replaced bypass pipe assembly.

- Palmetto, FL, USA

problem #8

Apr 172000

(reported on)

Sephia

  • miles
Sliding door keeps ajar, and overhead light come son. Brakes are squealing and the car shakes badly if I go 65 miles per hour. I noticed that when it is raining that the car makes a terrible buzzing sound. I ahve had an exhaust leak and the brakes replaced already once and the fuel pump was replaced but I am still having problems with it.

- Owasso, OK, USA

problem #7

Apr 172000

(reported on)

Sephia

  • miles
Sliding door keeps ajar, and overhead light come son. Brakes are squealing and the car shakes badly if I go 65 miles per hour. I noticed that when it is raining that the car makes a terrible buzzing sound. I ahve had an exhaust leak and the brakes replaced already once and the fuel pump was replaced but I am still having problems with it.

- Owasso, OK, USA

problem #6

Apr 182000

Sephia

  • miles

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

During heavy rain a 5-6" pipe 1/2'diameter came off the engine block - by radiator water house assembly. The pipe has no attachment points except that it is inserted into a hole at the engine cylinder head-on the other end is connected to 3/4 hose to underdash heater. When broke all coolant came out within 1-2 minutes - huge steam cloud obscured driver's visibility, driver had to pull over and drove slowly into a neighborhood. Will notify dealer tomorrow.

- Germantown, MD, USA

problem #5

Nov 051998

Sephia

  • miles
Ongoing problem with excessive heat coming inside the vehicle. Also, when applying the brakes a clicking noise would appear from the front wheels. Provide further details.

- San Angelo, TX, USA

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problem #4

Jul 051999

Sephia

  • miles
Infro on tire is wrong.car is not with me it at the dealer for the same problem and this is the four time this has been work on and thelemon law is effect( dot number: Xxxxxxxx tire size: 165/75R/13 )

- Upper Marlboro, MD, USA

problem #3

Oct 251999

(reported on)

Sephia

  • miles

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

No summary

- Woodhaven, NY, USA

problem #2

Jul 081998

Sephia

  • miles
Has been in 17 times and still need brakes and everything else. What a piece of junk !!manufactor refuses to honor warranty.

- New London, OH, USA

problem #1

Nov 231998

(reported on)

Sephia

  • miles
While driving 35 mph the vehicle overheated, causing the vehicle to completely shut down, cause unknown.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

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