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3.7

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
34,519 miles

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2002 Kia Sportage cooling system problems

cooling system problem

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2002 Kia Sportage Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #22

Jul 202010

(reported on)

Sportage

  • miles

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

2002 Kia Sportage. Consumer expresses discontent regarding not being able to get recall repairs the consumer stated the vehicle was in the repair shop having major engine work done at the time of the recall appointment. The consumer also suggested that maybe the work she was having done was related to the recall.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #21

Oct 112004

Sportage 4-cyl

  • miles
2002 Kia Sportage. Consumer states vehicle has a defective engine cooling fan. The consumer stated she incurred an expense to remedy the defective engine cooling fan prior to receiving the recall notice. The consumer stated she mailed the repair receipt along with a cover letter explaining what happened. The consumer stated she was driving when the fan broke and had to stop at the first repair shop to have the repair done.

- Riviera Beach, FL, USA

problem #20

Aug 292008

Sportage 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles
TL - the contact owns a 2002 Kia Sportage. While driving between 45-50 mph she heard a loud sound and the vehicle was shaking, running hot and steam and smoke was coming out from under the hood. The vehicle was towed. The diagnosis was that the clutch fan fragmented and broke and went into the radiator. The radiator had to be repaired, the timing belt had to be replaced, the head gasket had to be replaced, and the head resurfaced. The contact referenced a safety recall 07V161000 - engine and engine cooling:cooling system:fan. The current mileage was 98,000. Kg updated 10/14/08 updated 10/23/08.

- Kings Mountain, NC, USA

problem #19

Aug 062007

Sportage 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2002 Kia Sportage. While driving 65 mph, the contact heard a loud bang and then the vehicle decelerated and shut off. He noticed white smoke coming from the rear. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and they stated that the cooling fan disintegrated. NHTSA recall number 07V161000 (engine and engine cooling:cooling system:fan) was found. The dealer stated that they would replace the fan. The contact felt that the damaged radiator caused by the defective fan should be repaired. The failure and current mileages were 31,000.

- Endwell, NY, USA

problem #18

Jun 092007

Sportage 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 105,537 miles
Traveled approximately 50 miles from home, 96 degrees outside, and heard loud noise. Pulled to side of road and turned vehicle of. -picked up pieces of what turned out to be fan blade from middle of highway. After looking inside the hood discovered large holes in radiator-subsequently towed vehicles for repair of fan, blades, clutch assembly and radiator-vehicle still not operable. Received recall notice from Kia 2 weeks later. Vehicle then towed to dealer, where it has been determined that the head assembly became warped due to the radiator being damaged by the faulty fan. Kia motors claimed case wa S closed, no resolution received. Vehicle remained inoperable at this time.

- Black Creek, GA, USA

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problem #17

Jul 112007

(reported on)

Sportage

  • miles
Consumer received recall letter concerning the engine cooling fan however, the dealership that the vehicle was purchased from is no longer in business. Consumer is seeking assistance for this matter. The consumer provided a copy of recall letter pertaining to his vehicle.

- San Matoo, CA, USA

problem #16

Jun 182007

Sportage 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

The contact owns a 2002 Kia Sportage. The contact received recall notice # 07V161000 (engine and engine cooling:cooling system:fan). The Kia dealer is not accepting any new appointments until October of 2007 for the recall repair. The contact has not experienced any failures at this time. The current mileage is 50,000 and the failure mileage was inapplicable.

- Porchester, NY, USA

problem #15

Jun 042007

(reported on)

Sportage

  • miles
2002 Kia Sportage customer states that the fan was broken before the recall notice was sent. One of the blades went through the radiator and should Kia pay for it*

- Unknown, DC, USA

problem #14

May 092007

Sportage 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50 miles
Cracked cooling fan made the vehicle stop running.

- Perry, FL, USA

problem #13

Jun 142007

Sportage 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 2002 Kia Sportage. The contact received recall notice # 07V161000 (engine and engine cooling: Fans). The letter stated that if the belt needs to be replaced as part of regular maintenance, then the contact would be responsible for the replacement and labor fee of $100 per hour. Presently, no failures have occurred. The powertrain and failure mileage were unknown. The current mileage is 71,000.

- Darlington , NC, USA

problem #12

Jun 132007

Sportage 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

The contact owns a 2002 Kia Sportage. The blades on his cooling fan began to come off, causing the vehicle to overheat. This was a couple of years ago; recently a safety recall (engine and engine cooling: Cooling system fan - 07V161000) was recieved. The manufacturer has not provided reimbursement. The current mileage on the vehicle is 93,314. The failure mileage was unknown. The purchase date was unknown.

- Alberato, TX, USA

problem #11

May 242007

Sportage 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 105,000 miles
2002 Kia Sportage engine cooling fan busted into pieces and one of the blades shot through my radiator. I contacted Kia and they ran my VIN number through their systems and it is not part of the NHTSA campaign 07V161000, even though it appears to be exactly the same issue.

- Woodstown, NJ, USA

problem #10

May 282007

Sportage 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,495 miles
I was driving my 2002 Kia Sportage. I heard a loud boom as it shifted into second gear. I pulled over and looked under the hood. The fan blade was in 5 pieces. The pieces had gone into the radiator and broke the fan shroud. Steam was coming out of the holes in the radiator.

- Parker, CO, USA

problem #9

Oct 082006

Sportage 4WD

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
2002 Kia Sportage 35K mi. Noticed different engine sound, found that large cracks had formed between each fan blade, main blade driven by engine. Checked internet found that others had similar problems including breaking and radiator destruction. Plan to get fan from deal and install also ask about Kia parts bulletin 1500-0002 which concerns this fan blade.

- Winchester, VA, USA

problem #8

Aug 132006

Sportage 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 110,500 miles
When checking oil level on August 13,2006, I noticed cracks between each blade on the engine cooling fan. Upon further inspection the cracks were found to go from front to back on 6 blades. I removed the fan, took it to the dealership, and asked if there was a bulletin. I was told no. Bought new fan and installed myself.

- Walterboro, SC, USA

problem #7

Aug 122006

Sportage 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,000 miles
Fan blade cracked in several places.

- Dacono, CO, USA

problem #6

Aug 042006

Sportage 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 30,980 miles
: the contact stated while accelerating through the intersection from a stop sign at 5 mph, a loud thud was heard and the vehicle jerked forward. The vehicle was driven home the remaining two miles with the hazard lights illuminated. Upon inspection of the engine, the fan blades were scattered across the engine compartment, and some were caught in the wiring. The vehicle was towed to a service dealer where the fan was replaced and the damaged wiring to the air conditioning was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified.

- Athens, GA, USA

problem #5

Aug 032006

Sportage 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,000 miles
: the contact stated the radiator fan fractured to pieces while traveling 20 mph. A noise was heard prior to the incident. The vehicle was pulled over and inspected. 4 fan blades were fractured and one of the blades had flown into the radiator. The manufacturer was alerted of the incident on 08/07/06.

- Hopewell, VA, USA

problem #4

Aug 032004

Sportage 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,334 miles
While driving three blades of the fan broke off and flew into the radiator. Vehicle was towed to the dealer, and there was no reason why this happened. The dealer had to replace the fan, radiator and fan shrouds.

- Pearlington, MS, USA

problem #3

Jul 312004

Sportage 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,941 miles
After just pulling out from a drive through my cooling system fan(s) broke apart putting a hole in my radiator and causing the loss of all my antifreeze.at speedway Kia there was a 2002 Sportage for sale and upon inspection 2 cracks were found in the fan. Kia is repairing mine under the warranty.

- Orlando, FL, USA

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