2010 Kia Forte steering NHTSA complaints: Steering

NHTSA — Steering Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,364 miles

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2010 Kia Forte steering problems

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2010 Kia Forte Owner Comments

problem #7

Oct 032016


  • miles


On Sept 30, 2016 I noticed a popping noise in my steering wheel, after looking online for reasons it could be doing so, I decided to take into the dealership to have it checked out. Thinking it could be a coupling as stated in review that I have seen. Kia of auburn, called and said that I needed my steering column replaced. A steering column just doesn't go out. There hasn't been no major damage to the front end besides a small fender bender. Cost is going to be over $800. Like I said a steering column just doesn't go out. This should be checked into.

- Cusseta, AL, USA

problem #6

Aug 262016


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Kia Forte. While pulling out of the driveway, the contact heard a clicking noise emerging from the steering column. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the steering coupler needed replacement. The failure occurred every day for the past four months. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000.

- Mckinney, TX, USA

problem #5

Aug 152016


  • 111,000 miles
Steering wheel makes a clunking sound when turning left or right. Was told it could be coupler or bushing. Kia is aware of the problem, but no recall that I'm aware of. Being told the car is not safe to drive $600-$1400 repair according to forums. It does this driving or sitting still.

- Fayetteville, NC, USA

problem #4

Jul 182012

Forte 4-cyl

  • 40,000 miles


The car while driving, through rain or recently rained on roads going through large unavoidable puddles, causes water to splash up on the serpentine drive belt causing it to slip, 15-20mph when it seems to happen. This causes an electrical issue where the battery light comes on and the power steering goes out making the car difficult to steer and could be quite dangerous at higher speeds should it happen. I have never had this issue with another car. A removable plate should be fixed to the bottom side under the engine compartment to prevent this.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #3

Aug 122010

Forte 4-cyl

  • 50 miles
I bought the car brand new 7/30/2010 and the first incident happened on 8/12/10. The steering wheel locks up and I can't turn the key to start the car. Took it back to dealer and was told to wiggle steering wheel back and forth and it will break free. It happened 2-3X a yr. Up to 2014. Now it's happening quite often 6X from 6/01/14-6/13/14. On 6/15/14 it happened 2X and I was stranded both times and it took 50-60 min. For the steering wheel to unlock. I only have 3,200 miles on the car.

- Parma , OH, USA

problem #2

Jul 172012

Forte 4-cyl

  • 23,500 miles
Driving at highway speed and the steering wheel will get very hard to steer. Stop. Shut off car. Restart and will reset. Then happens again. Took to dealer charged to reprogram computer. Clears up then happens all over again.

- Rush, KY, USA

problem #1

Dec 302010

Forte 4-cyl

  • 28,000 miles
Front tires on 2010 Kia Forte koup was worn so severely on the inside edge the cords was showing. Took it back to dealership to have alignment checked. Dealer advised alignment was within specs. You can not see the tire wearing unless you get under the car and look at the inside edge. The rest of the tires still look in good condition.

- Woodland, AL, USA

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