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1998 Kia Sephia suspension problems

suspension problem

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1998 Kia Sephia Owner Comments

problem #11

Dec 081998

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

The vehicle pulls to the right, the dealer performed 4 whell aligmnent and rotated the tires. Nlm

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #10

Feb 022000

Sephia

  • miles
When driving rear end slides from left to right. Also, tires are bald. Dealership is aware of problem.

- Akron, OH, USA

problem #9

May 122000

Sephia

  • miles
On Friday May 12, 2000 my steering wheel began to shake very eraticallly. After making a three point turn and straighting the car out and proceeding forward, the steering wheel was clocked upside down and began to shake. As my fiance proceeded to pull over to the right you could hear a loud pop sound come front the front and in the steering column. After she pulled over she tried to turn the wheel to the left, you turn the wheel about a quarter turn and then another loud pop. The wheels would turn to the right but, as you turned the wheel to the left the tires wouldn't move. The steering wheel turn and pop but, the tires would not respond. I guess I'm very fortunate that my fiance and 2 year old son didn't get into an accident. I would appreciate any information and help you can give me. Thank you, Mr. Richard soto.

- Morgan Hill, CA, USA

problem #8

Nov 051998

Sephia

  • miles

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

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

problem #7

Mar 232000

Sephia

  • miles
While driving and making a left or right turn could hear noise coming from front of vehicle, like touching the sides. But, manufacturer nor dealer could find the cause.

- Coral Spring, FL, USA

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problem #6

Feb 251999

Sephia

  • miles
We have had repeated recalls. We own two Kia purchased at the same time. The dealership has made many attempts to repair the vehicles. They are as frustrated as we are. The cars have had similar but additional issues. They do not seem to hold an alignment. We have had to replace both sets of front tires. We have had multiple brakes renewed in the one year we own the vehicles. There have been electrical problems. We have had connectors and battery renewal. The defrosters do not adequately defrost the windows causing hazerdous and limited visibility. The door handle on one vehicle had to be replaced twice. The starters have been replaced several times. They both failed inspection recently because of serious emmissions failure. Fumes were coming into the passenger area from a corrroded tailpipe that is giving way at the seams. Kia says they have no knowledge of this. This occured in both cars. The tailpipes were replaced. The dealership says this ghas been an occurence before. Our warrenty is running out and we do not know what will fail next. Please advise us of a realistic course of action. Thank you. Ellen L. oppenheimer pleae note my dates are off as I do not have all the paper work however it can be obtained.

- Manalapan, NJ, USA

problem #5

Feb 052000

(reported on)

Sephia

  • miles

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

The car jerks as it is passing 20th mile. This problem has been worse with time for the last 8 months.

- Dorchester, MA, USA

problem #4

Apr 071999

Sephia

  • miles
Transmission would make funny noises when shifting into gear. A new transmission was installed. Vehicle still having problems. Brakes: Would squeal when applied. Had entire brake system changed twice & problem still exists. Alignment: Due to the brakes, the tires were worn out on the inside & had to be changed.

- Gainesville, FL, USA

problem #3

May 181999

(reported on)

Sephia

  • miles
When applying brakes the entire vehicle shakes or vibrates and a noise occurs in the front end, cause unknown. Vehicle has been into the dealer eight times. Dealer cannot identify the problem.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #2

Oct 191998

Sephia

  • miles
The floor shifter has a rattling noise. Had shifter replaced several times. The dashboard rattles. Glove compartment fell down. Radio speakers blown. Bearings in wheel grind. Doing fwy speed, vehicle would shimmy & shake. When slowing to stop, brakes would jerk. While waiting at stop, engine would be surging.

- Victorville, CA, USA

problem #1

Sep 131998

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Whenever brakes are applied, they would start to make a popping noise. It would sound like metal rubbing. Took to dealer & informed a nut was left out of the suspension. It was replaced, but vehicle started vibrating again like it's out of balance. The gas gauge does not register right and spose gas out while filling.

- Harriman, TN, USA

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