2012 KIA Forte

These recalls apply to the make, model, and year of your car – and should be fixed as soon as possible.

3 Recalls for 2012 KIA Forte

Recall Date Component Summary
June 1, 2018 AIR BAGS: AIR BAG/RESTRAINT CONTROL MODULE

Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain 2010-2013 Kia Forte, Forte Koup, 2011-2013 Kia Optima and 2011-2012 Kia Optima Hybrid and Sedona vehicles. In the event of a crash, the air bag control unit (ACU) may short circuit, preventing the frontal air bags and seat belt pretensioners from deploying.

Remedy:

Kia will notify owners. For model year 2011 Sedona vehicles, Kia will instruct dealers to verify the ACU part number and, if necessary, install an extension wire harness kit between the ACU Connector and the Vehicle Harness Connector. For all other affected vehicles, Kia will instruct dealers to install the extension wire harness kit. The recall began September 28, 2018. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia’s number for this recall is SC165.

December 1, 2017 SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:PEDALS AND LINKAGES

Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain 2012-2014 Forte and Forte Koup vehicles. The brake pedal stopper pad can deteriorate allowing the brake light switch plunger to remain extended when the brake pedal is released. This will allow the brake lights to remain illuminated continuously. It can also allow the shift lever to be moved without depressing the brake pedal, or activate the engine management brake pedal override feature.

Remedy:

Kia will notify owners, and dealers will replace the brake pedal stopper pad, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 30, 2018. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia’s number for this recall is SC158.

December 2, 2020 ENGINE

Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain 2012-2013 Sorento, 2012-2015 Forte and Forte Koup, 2011-2013 Optima Hybrid, 2014-2015 Soul, and 2012 Sportage vehicles. An engine compartment fire can occur while driving.

Remedy:

Kia will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the engine compartment for fuel and/or engine oil leaks, perform an engine test and make any repairs, including engine replacement, as necessary, free of charge. In addition, Kia dealers will update the Knock Sensor Detection System (KSDS) software, free of charge. The KSDS software update is not yet available for 2014-2015 Forte and Forte Koup and 2011-2013 Optima Hybrid vehicles. A second letter will be sent to those vehicle owners once the software update is available. The recall began January 27, 2021. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia’s number for this recall is SC200.

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2 Complaints sent to the Center for Auto Safety for 2012 KIA Forte

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175 Complaints submitted to NHTSA for 2012 KIA Forte

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Date Component  
ENGINE
ODI Number: 11415651
ENGINE
ODI Number: 11407128
STRUCTURE:BODY
ODI Number: 11407607
ENGINE
ODI Number: 11407775
ENGINE
ODI Number: 11407128
AIR BAGS | ENGINE | SERVICE BRAKES
ODI Number: 11406487
ENGINE
ODI Number: 11406090
ENGINE
ODI Number: 11399889
ENGINE
ODI Number: 11399470
ENGINE
ODI Number: 11398016
SERVICE BRAKES | STEERING | WHEELS
ODI Number: 11398324
ENGINE
ODI Number: 11398703
ENGINE
ODI Number: 11397802
ENGINE
ODI Number: 11397589
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM | EXTERIOR LIGHTING
ODI Number: 11396480
ENGINE | EXTERIOR LIGHTING
ODI Number: 11396028
ENGINE
ODI Number: 11396116
ENGINE
ODI Number: 10919673
ENGINE
ODI Number: 11002899
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM | EXTERIOR LIGHTING
ODI Number: 11000121
ENGINE
ODI Number: 10991561
ENGINE
ODI Number: 10991833
ENGINE
ODI Number: 10984725
ENGINE | POWER TRAIN | VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL
ODI Number: 10979188
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM | ENGINE
ODI Number: 10972281
ENGINE
ODI Number: 10971251
ENGINE
ODI Number: 11006631
POWER TRAIN
ODI Number: 10955021
ENGINE
ODI Number: 11390903
ENGINE
ODI Number: 11390717
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM | ENGINE | VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL
ODI Number: 11388894
AIR BAGS | SEAT BELTS | SUSPENSION
ODI Number: 11390612
ENGINE
ODI Number: 11386061
ENGINE
ODI Number: 11386425
ENGINE | STRUCTURE:BODY | UNKNOWN OR OTHER
ODI Number: 11384634
ENGINE
ODI Number: 11387442
ENGINE
ODI Number: 11382784
ENGINE
ODI Number: 11384357
ENGINE | UNKNOWN OR OTHER
ODI Number: 11384011
ENGINE
ODI Number: 11378120
ENGINE
ODI Number: 11378597
ENGINE
ODI Number: 11383231
ENGINE
ODI Number: 11378195
ENGINE
ODI Number: 11384573
ENGINE | POWER TRAIN
ODI Number: 11378644
ENGINE
ODI Number: 11376959
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM | UNKNOWN OR OTHER
ODI Number: 11376768
ENGINE
ODI Number: 11377821
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM | ENGINE
ODI Number: 10943968
AIR BAGS
ODI Number: 10937029
ENGINE
ODI Number: 11366704
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM | SERVICE BRAKES | UNKNOWN OR OTHER
ODI Number: 11365607
ENGINE | POWER TRAIN
ODI Number: 11361463
ENGINE
ODI Number: 11351504
AIR BAGS | ENGINE | POWER TRAIN
ODI Number: 11349101
AIR BAGS
ODI Number: 11342636
ENGINE
ODI Number: 11340172
STEERING
ODI Number: 11328396
SERVICE BRAKES
ODI Number: 11326625
ENGINE
ODI Number: 11324356
ENGINE
ODI Number: 11324127
ENGINE
ODI Number: 11323482
ENGINE
ODI Number: 11316604
ENGINE
ODI Number: 11311653
EXTERIOR LIGHTING | SERVICE BRAKES
ODI Number: 11315524
ENGINE
ODI Number: 11315382
ENGINE
ODI Number: 11309122
AIR BAGS | SERVICE BRAKES | STEERING
ODI Number: 11307568
ENGINE
ODI Number: 11292228
AIR BAGS
ODI Number: 11291822
ENGINE
ODI Number: 11290669
AIR BAGS | ELECTRONIC STABILITY CONTROL | STEERING
ODI Number: 11287218
ENGINE
ODI Number: 11286390
UNKNOWN OR OTHER
ODI Number: 11278844
STRUCTURE:BODY
ODI Number: 11269925
ENGINE
ODI Number: 11271211
ENGINE | SERVICE BRAKES | STEERING
ODI Number: 11245143
ENGINE
ODI Number: 11241026
ENGINE
ODI Number: 11232146
ENGINE
ODI Number: 11233438
ENGINE
ODI Number: 11234290
ENGINE
ODI Number: 11266924
EXTERIOR LIGHTING | POWER TRAIN
ODI Number: 11252897
SERVICE BRAKES
ODI Number: 11252883
ENGINE
ODI Number: 11208649
ENGINE
ODI Number: 11204913
POWER TRAIN
ODI Number: 11193846
ENGINE
ODI Number: 11194388
SERVICE BRAKES
ODI Number: 11222910
AIR BAGS
ODI Number: 11220465
ENGINE
ODI Number: 11174385
UNKNOWN OR OTHER
ODI Number: 11172405
AIR BAGS
ODI Number: 11133136
AIR BAGS
ODI Number: 11130153
AIR BAGS
ODI Number: 11123275
AIR BAGS | SEAT BELTS
ODI Number: 11099038
ENGINE
ODI Number: 11098392
SERVICE BRAKES
ODI Number: 11094156
ENGINE
ODI Number: 11091220
ENGINE
ODI Number: 11092008
EXTERIOR LIGHTING:BRAKE LIGHTS | POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION:LEVER AND LINKAGE:COLUMN SHIFT | SERVICE BRAKES | TRACTION CONTROL SYSTEM
ODI Number: 11088729
ENGINE
ODI Number: 11190391
ENGINE
ODI Number: 11189814
ENGINE
ODI Number: 11190657
ENGINE
ODI Number: 11190645
ENGINE | FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM | VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL
ODI Number: 11190284
STEERING
ODI Number: 11184828
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
ODI Number: 11184940
ENGINE
ODI Number: 11186656
ENGINE
ODI Number: 11185087
ENGINE
ODI Number: 11183943
AIR BAGS
ODI Number: 11176251
STEERING
ODI Number: 11082657
AIR BAGS
ODI Number: 11080341
ENGINE
ODI Number: 11076880
ELECTRONIC STABILITY CONTROL | EXTERIOR LIGHTING | SERVICE BRAKES
ODI Number: 11076607
AIR BAGS
ODI Number: 11153648
EXTERIOR LIGHTING | FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM | VISIBILITY/WIPER
ODI Number: 11151581
AIR BAGS
ODI Number: 11151577
AIR BAGS
ODI Number: 11150321
AIR BAGS | SEAT BELTS
ODI Number: 11150286
UNKNOWN OR OTHER
ODI Number: 11140347
ENGINE
ODI Number: 11142573
AIR BAGS | FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM | SERVICE BRAKES
ODI Number: 11119248
WHEELS:LUGS/NUTS/BOLTS
ODI Number: 11119567
ENGINE
ODI Number: 11113334
AIR BAGS | UNKNOWN OR OTHER
ODI Number: 11110215
ENGINE
ODI Number: 11105179
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM | ENGINE | UNKNOWN OR OTHER
ODI Number: 11065330
VISIBILITY/WIPER
ODI Number: 11057344
ENGINE
ODI Number: 11040818
AIR BAGS | ENGINE
ODI Number: 11033991
ENGINE
ODI Number: 11031742
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM | EXTERIOR LIGHTING | SERVICE BRAKES
ODI Number: 11022087
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
ODI Number: 10881257
ENGINE | VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL
ODI Number: 10872290
ENGINE
ODI Number: 10865412
FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM
ODI Number: 10865029
ENGINE | STRUCTURE:BODY
ODI Number: 10845985
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM | EXTERIOR LIGHTING
ODI Number: 10823289
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM | ENGINE
ODI Number: 10821478
EXTERIOR LIGHTING
ODI Number: 10789853
AIR BAGS
ODI Number: 10781341
AIR BAGS
ODI Number: 10781050
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM | ENGINE | EXTERIOR LIGHTING | VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL
ODI Number: 10733474
ENGINE
ODI Number: 10734904
SERVICE BRAKES
ODI Number: 10724464
EQUIPMENT ADAPTIVE/MOBILITY
ODI Number: 10715012
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM | EXTERIOR LIGHTING
ODI Number: 10705047
AIR BAGS
ODI Number: 10705295
EXTERIOR LIGHTING | SERVICE BRAKES
ODI Number: 10694593
ENGINE | VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL
ODI Number: 10682098
AIR BAGS
ODI Number: 10669052
TIRES
ODI Number: 10669050
VISIBILITY:SUN/MOON ROOF ASSEMBLY
ODI Number: 10664064
SERVICE BRAKES
ODI Number: 10659504
STRUCTURE:BODY
ODI Number: 10661044
WHEELS:RIM
ODI Number: 10649762
ELECTRONIC STABILITY CONTROL | SERVICE BRAKES | VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL
ODI Number: 10640520
AIR BAGS
ODI Number: 10637271
UNKNOWN OR OTHER
ODI Number: 10631521
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE | VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL
ODI Number: 10610525
ENGINE | STRUCTURE:BODY | VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL
ODI Number: 10606380
EXTERIOR LIGHTING:BRAKE LIGHTS
ODI Number: 10548896
FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM | SERVICE BRAKES | VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL
ODI Number: 10534939
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
ODI Number: 10531617
SUSPENSION
ODI Number: 10523833
EXTERIOR LIGHTING
ODI Number: 10511950
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC
ODI Number: 10512771
VISIBILITY:SUN/MOON ROOF ASSEMBLY
ODI Number: 10504478
FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM
ODI Number: 10490832
FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM
ODI Number: 10489463
STRUCTURE:BODY
ODI Number: 10490755
AIR BAGS | ENGINE | STRUCTURE:BODY
ODI Number: 10480912
VISIBILITY:WINDSHIELD
ODI Number: 10455641
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7 Investigations for 2012 KIA Forte

Date Opened Date Closed Component  
SEAT BELTS:PRETENSIONER
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL
AIR BAGS
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:PASSENGER SIDE:INFLATOR MODULE
AIR BAGS:SIDE/WINDOW
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:DRIVER SIDE:INFLATOR MODULE
AIR BAGS: AIR BAG/RESTRAINT CONTROL MODULE
Manufacturers tell dealers about repairs for on your car. But they won’t tell you – unless you know to ask. Knowledge is power.

73 Service Alerts for 2012 KIA Forte

Date Description
October 5, 2021 010000 STEERING

TECHNICAL SERVICE BULLETIN: PARTIAL REPAIR OF C-MDPS MOTOR, ECU, WORM GEAR AND/OR STEERING COLUMN HOUSING – This bulletin has been revised to include additional information. New/revised sections of this bulletin are indicated by a black bar

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April 4, 2016 350000 EQUIPMENT

TSB – USE OF AFTERMARKET USB CHARGING CABLES IN USB/12V PORTS – This article provides information regarding the use of USB ports and 12V power outlets to connect/charge mobile phones. Customers may experience issues with their head units th

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April 4, 2016 356000 EQUIPMENT ADAPTIVE/MOBILITY

TSB – USE OF AFTERMARKET USB CHARGING CABLES IN USB/12V PORTS – This article provides information regarding the use of USB ports and 12V power outlets to connect/charge mobile phones. Customers may experience issues with their head units th

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September 23, 2021 355200 EQUIPMENT:OTHER:OWNERS/SERVICE/OTHER MANUAL

TECHNICAL SERVICE BULLETIN: ENGINE REPLACEMENT INSTRUCTIONS FOR DTC P1326 (PI2002Y/Z) – This bulletin has been revised to include additional information. New/revised sections of this bulletin are indicated by a black bar in the margin area.

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September 13, 2021 120000 EXTERIOR LIGHTING

TECHNICAL SERVICE BULLETIN: INFORMATION FOR HEADLAMP CONDENSATION AND MOISTURE – This bulletin has been revised to include additional information. New/revised sections of this bulletin are indicated by a black bar in the margin area. This b

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September 13, 2021 160000 STRUCTURE

TECHNICAL SERVICE BULLETIN: INFORMATION FOR HEADLAMP CONDENSATION AND MOISTURE – This bulletin has been revised to include additional information. New/revised sections of this bulletin are indicated by a black bar in the margin area. This b

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September 23, 2021 060000 ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING

TECHNICAL SERVICE BULLETIN: ENGINE REPLACEMENT INSTRUCTIONS FOR DTC P1326 (PI2002Y/Z) – This bulletin has been revised to include additional information. New/revised sections of this bulletin are indicated by a black bar in the margin area.

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March 25, 2021 010000 STEERING

TECHNICAL SERVICE BULLETIN: PARTIAL REPAIR OF C-MDPS MOTOR, ECU, WORM GEAR AND/OR STEERING COLUMN HOUSING – This bulletin has been revised to include additional information. New/revised sections of this bulletin are indicated by a black bar

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November 4, 2020 010000 STEERING

TECHNICAL SERVICE BULLETIN: PARTIAL REPAIR OF C-MDPS MOTOR, ECU, WORM GEAR AND/OR STEERING COLUMN HOUSING – This bulletin has been revised to include additional information. New/revised sections of this bulletin are indicated by a black b

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November 4, 2020 060000 ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING

TECHNICAL SERVICE BULLETIN: PARTIAL REPAIR OF C-MDPS MOTOR, ECU, WORM GEAR AND/OR STEERING COLUMN HOUSING – This bulletin has been revised to include additional information. New/revised sections of this bulletin are indicated by a black b

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November 4, 2020 110000 ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

TECHNICAL SERVICE BULLETIN: PARTIAL REPAIR OF C-MDPS MOTOR, ECU, WORM GEAR AND/OR STEERING COLUMN HOUSING – This bulletin has been revised to include additional information. New/revised sections of this bulletin are indicated by a black b

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April 4, 2016 110000 ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

TSB – USE OF AFTERMARKET USB CHARGING CABLES IN USB/12V PORTS – This article provides information regarding the use of USB ports and 12V power outlets to connect/charge mobile phones. Customers may experience issues with their head units th

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November 25, 2020 010000 STEERING

TECHNICAL SERVICE BULLETIN: PARTIAL REPAIR OF C-MDPS MOTOR, ECU, WORM GEAR AND/OR STEERING COLUMN HOUSING – This bulletin has been revised to include additional information. New/revised sections of this bulletin are indicated by a black ba

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November 25, 2020 060000 ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING

TECHNICAL SERVICE BULLETIN: PARTIAL REPAIR OF C-MDPS MOTOR, ECU, WORM GEAR AND/OR STEERING COLUMN HOUSING – This bulletin has been revised to include additional information. New/revised sections of this bulletin are indicated by a black ba

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November 25, 2020 110000 ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

TECHNICAL SERVICE BULLETIN: PARTIAL REPAIR OF C-MDPS MOTOR, ECU, WORM GEAR AND/OR STEERING COLUMN HOUSING – This bulletin has been revised to include additional information. New/revised sections of this bulletin are indicated by a black ba

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August 25, 2020 034510 SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:FOUNDATION COMPONENTS:DISC:CALIPER

PITSTOP – BRAKE CALIPER LEAK INSPECTION – This PITSTOP provides information related to a brake caliper fluid/oil substance found on some Kia vehicles, due to possible excess assembly oil applied during assembly.

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August 25, 2020 350000 EQUIPMENT

PITSTOP – BRAKE CALIPER LEAK INSPECTION – This PITSTOP provides information related to a brake caliper fluid/oil substance found on some Kia vehicles, due to possible excess assembly oil applied during assembly.

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April 24, 2020 100000 POWER TRAIN

TECHNICAL SERVICE BULLETIN: – TRANSMISSION FLUID APPLICATION GUIDE – This bulletin has been revised to include additional information. This bulletin provides information relating to the correct transmission fluid type and fill quantity requ

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January 21, 2020 120000 EXTERIOR LIGHTING

TECHNICAL SERVICE BULLETIN: HALOGEN HEAD LAMP LOW BEAM BULB CONNECTOR REPLACEMENT – This bulletin provides information regarding the procedure to repair the bulb connector on some 2010MY~ vehicles listed on the table below, which may exhibi

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November 26, 2019 010000 STEERING

TECHNICAL SERVICE BULLETIN: PARTIAL REPAIR OF C-MDPS MOTOR, ECU AND/OR STEERING COLUMN HOUSING – This bulletin has been revised to include additional information.This bulletin provides information regarding the partial repair of the Motor D

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November 26, 2019 060000 ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING

TECHNICAL SERVICE BULLETIN: PARTIAL REPAIR OF C-MDPS MOTOR, ECU AND/OR STEERING COLUMN HOUSING – This bulletin has been revised to include additional information.This bulletin provides information regarding the partial repair of the Motor D

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November 26, 2019 356000 EQUIPMENT ADAPTIVE/MOBILITY

TECHNICAL SERVICE BULLETIN: PARTIAL REPAIR OF C-MDPS MOTOR, ECU AND/OR STEERING COLUMN HOUSING – This bulletin has been revised to include additional information.This bulletin provides information regarding the partial repair of the Motor D

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April 29, 2019 010000 STEERING

TSB: MDPS FLEXIBLE COUPLING REPLACEMENT – This bulletin is issued to provide information about the replacement of the flexible coupling in the MDPS motor of some vehicles which might experience a â¿¿knock⿝ noise originating from the

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April 29, 2019 016000 STEERING:ELECTRIC POWER ASSIST SYSTEM

TSB: MDPS FLEXIBLE COUPLING REPLACEMENT – This bulletin is issued to provide information about the replacement of the flexible coupling in the MDPS motor of some vehicles which might experience a â¿¿knock⿝ noise originating from the

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October 19, 2018 350000 EQUIPMENT

PITSTOP: CYLINDER HEAD STEEL BALL INSPECTION AND INSTALLATION – This Pitstop provides information regarding the inspection and installation of the steel sealing ball on: * 3.3L & 3.8L Lambda engines for 2007-2008MY Sorento (BL), * 2.0L Nu e

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October 19, 2018 060000 ENGINE (PWS)

PITSTOP: CYLINDER HEAD STEEL BALL INSPECTION AND INSTALLATION – This Pitstop provides information regarding the inspection and installation of the steel sealing ball on: * 3.3L & 3.8L Lambda engines for 2007-2008MY Sorento (BL), * 2.0L Nu e

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March 2, 2018 060000 ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING

PITSTOP – ENGINE COMPONENT RE-USE GUIDELINES – In general, parts and components removed during engine repairs should be considered serviceable, and should be thoroughly cleaned and transferred to the new engine.

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February 16, 2018 106200 POWER TRAIN:AXLE ASSEMBLY:AXLE SHAFT

TSB – DRIVESHAFT SERVICEABILITY – This bulletin has been revised most recently to include additional information. This bulletin provides information regarding axle shaft serviceability for Kia vehicles equipped with a six-speed automatic tr

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November 20, 2017 118000 ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:SOFTWARE

TSB – IDENTIFYING HEAD UNIT SOFTWARE VERSION FOR DIRECT EXCHANGE – This bulletin provides the procedure on how to identify and record the head unit software level on various head unit platforms and generations.

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August 12, 2015 353000 EQUIPMENT:ELECTRICAL

TSB: IDENTIFYING HEAD UNIT SOFTWARE VERSION FOR DIRECT EXCHANGE – Identifying Head Unit Software Version For Direct Exchange (ELE091) (Rev 1) – This bulletin provides the procedure on how to identify and record the head unit software level

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August 12, 2015 118000 ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:SOFTWARE

TSB: IDENTIFYING HEAD UNIT SOFTWARE VERSION FOR DIRECT EXCHANGE – Identifying Head Unit Software Version For Direct Exchange (ELE091) (Rev 1) – This bulletin provides the procedure on how to identify and record the head unit software level

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June 27, 2017 110000 ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

PITSTOP: TPMS SENSOR POSITION – When diagnosing TPMS-related DTCs, make sure you are investigating the correct sensor. The TPMS positioning from the manufacturer may be different from the positioning shown on a KDS.

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May 22, 2014 010000 STEERING

TSB: MDPS FLEXIBLE COUPLING REPLACEMENT – This bulletin provides information related to the replacement of the flexible coupling in the MDPS motor of some of vehicles, which may experience a ?clicking? noise emanating from the MDPS when tur

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June 11, 2014 010000 STEERING

TSB: MDPS FLEXIBLE COUPLING REPLACEMENT – This bulletin provides information related to the replacement of the flexible coupling in the MDPS motor of some of vehicles, which may experience a ?clicking? noise emanating from the MDPS when tur

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June 11, 2014 350000 EQUIPMENT

TSB: MDPS FLEXIBLE COUPLING REPLACEMENT – This bulletin provides information related to the replacement of the flexible coupling in the MDPS motor of some of vehicles, which may experience a ?clicking? noise emanating from the MDPS when tur

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June 11, 2014 356000 EQUIPMENT ADAPTIVE/MOBILITY

TSB: MDPS FLEXIBLE COUPLING REPLACEMENT – This bulletin provides information related to the replacement of the flexible coupling in the MDPS motor of some of vehicles, which may experience a ?clicking? noise emanating from the MDPS when tur

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May 22, 2014 353000 EQUIPMENT:ELECTRICAL

TSB: 6 SPD A/T SOLENOID REPLACEMENT ? DTC P0741 – This bulletin provides information relating to the replacement of the Damper Clutch (D/C) Solenoid on 6-speed automatic transaxles with DTC P0741 (active or history), instead of replacing th

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December 5, 2016 161100 STRUCTURE:FRAME AND MEMBERS:UNDERBODY SHIELDS

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS FOR VOLUNTARY SERVICE CAMPAIGN SC141 ? UNDERBODY ? ADDITIONAL ANTI-CORROSION TREATMENT

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December 5, 2016 161100 STRUCTURE:FRAME AND MEMBERS:UNDERBODY SHIELDS

SERVICE MANAGER MEMO: SC141 – SERVICE CAMPAIGN – Attention: All Kia Service Managers – Kia Motors America, Inc. will be conducting a Voluntary Service Campaign, as a preventative measure, to apply additional anti-corrosion material to the u

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December 5, 2016 161100 STRUCTURE:FRAME AND MEMBERS:UNDERBODY SHIELDS

DEALER PRINCIPAL MEMO: SC141 – SERVICE CAMPAIGN – Attention: All Kia Dealer Principals – Kia Motors America, Inc. will be conducting a Voluntary Service Campaign, as a preventative measure, to apply additional anti-corrosion material to the

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December 6, 2016 161100 STRUCTURE:FRAME AND MEMBERS:UNDERBODY SHIELDS

TSB: SC141 – SERVICE CAMPAIGN – APPLICATION OF ADDITIONAL ANTI-CORROSION MATERIAL – To improve customer satisfaction, Kia is launching this service campaign to apply additional anti-corrosion material to the underbody components of certain

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January 25, 2013 100000 POWER TRAIN

TSB: AXLE SHAFT SERVICEABILITY BY MODEL – THIS BULLETIN HAS BEEN REVISED. THIS BULLETIN PROVIDES INFORMATION REGARDING AXLE SHAFT SERVICEABILITY FOR KIA VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH A SIX-SPEED AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION. REFER TO THE TABLE BELOW FOR

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July 8, 2014 010000 STEERING

TSB: MDPS FLEXIBLE COUPLING REPLACEMENT – Rev 2 – This bulletin provides information related to the replacement of the flexible coupling in the MDPS motor of some of vehicles, which may experience a ?clicking? noise emanating from the MDPS

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May 29, 2013 100000 POWER TRAIN

TSB: 6-SPEED A/T TRANSMISSION ADAPTIVE VALUES RESET/RELEARN – THIS BULLETIN PROVIDES THE PROCEDURES NECESSARY TO RESET AND RELEARN THE ADAPTIVE VALUES AFTER TRANSMISSION REPLACEMENT OR REPROGRAMMING/REPLACEMENT OF THE ECM/PCM.

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January 18, 2017 063100 ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:EXHAUST SYSTEM:EMISSION CONTROL

PITSTOP: MANUAL EVAPORATIVE EMISSIONS TEST FOR HARD TO FIND/SMALL LEAKS – If the malfunction indicator lamp (MIL) is illuminated with DTC(s) P0442, P0455, P0456, or P0457 (Evaporative Emissions System-Leak detected) and the evaporative (EVA

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January 18, 2017 354000 EQUIPMENT:MECHANICAL

TSB: MANDATORY REPLACEMENT OF LOCKING/SECURITY HARDWARE – By design, certain fasteners, which are designed to lock into place once fully attached, are utilized in various Kia models and are strictly intended for ?one time use.? Some example

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January 18, 2017 356000 EQUIPMENT ADAPTIVE/MOBILITY

TSB: MANDATORY REPLACEMENT OF LOCKING/SECURITY HARDWARE – By design, certain fasteners, which are designed to lock into place once fully attached, are utilized in various Kia models and are strictly intended for ?one time use.? Some example

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March 21, 2017 130000 VISIBILITY

TSB: DEFOGGING LOGIC ? NORMAL OPERATION, DISABLING, AND ENABLING – Starting with 2010MY, all Kia vehicles, except Rio (JB), incorporate a defogging logic to prevent the interior windows from becoming excessively fogged. Depending on the spe

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March 21, 2017 357100 EQUIPMENT:APPLIANCE:AIR CONDITIONER

TSB: DEFOGGING LOGIC ? NORMAL OPERATION, DISABLING, AND ENABLING – Starting with 2010MY, all Kia vehicles, except Rio (JB), incorporate a defogging logic to prevent the interior windows from becoming excessively fogged. Depending on the spe

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February 28, 2017 161100 STRUCTURE:FRAME AND MEMBERS:UNDERBODY SHIELDS

TSB: SC141 – SERVICE CAMPAIGN – APPLICATION OF ADDITIONAL ANTI-CORROSION MATERIAL – To improve customer satisfaction, Kia is launching this service campaign to apply additional anti-corrosion material to the underbody components of certain

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January 10, 2017 161100 STRUCTURE:FRAME AND MEMBERS:UNDERBODY SHIELDS

SERVICE CAMPAIGN: OWNER LETTER – Advises Owners of certain 2011-2013 MY Forte and Forte Koup vehicles currently registered in the states where heavy amounts of road salt are used of a service campaign to add additional anti-corrosion materi

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October 31, 2016 110000 ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

TSB: INHIBITOR SWITCH DIAGNOSIS INFORMATION – This bulletin gives information regarding the steps to take regarding the diagnosis of the Inhibitor Switch.

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October 31, 2016 355200 EQUIPMENT:OTHER:OWNERS/SERVICE/OTHER MANUAL

TSB: INHIBITOR SWITCH DIAGNOSIS INFORMATION – This bulletin gives information regarding the steps to take regarding the diagnosis of the Inhibitor Switch.

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November 4, 2016 170000 LATCHES/LOCKS/LINKAGES

TSB: MANDATORY REPLACEMENT OF LOCKING/SECURITY HARDWARE – By design, certain fasteners utilized in various Kia models are strictly intended for ?one time use?. Though not limited to the following, some examples are: axle shaft nuts with sta

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November 4, 2016 356000 EQUIPMENT ADAPTIVE/MOBILITY

TSB: MANDATORY REPLACEMENT OF LOCKING/SECURITY HARDWARE – By design, certain fasteners utilized in various Kia models are strictly intended for ?one time use?. Though not limited to the following, some examples are: axle shaft nuts with sta

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March 15, 2013 356000 EQUIPMENT ADAPTIVE/MOBILITY

PITSTOP: THERMOSTAT RE-INSTALLATION PROCEDURE – REPEAT REPAIR (DTC P0128) – WHEN DIAGNOSING A FORTE RETURNING WITH A REPEAT DTC P0128 AFTER REPLACEMENT OF THE THERMOSTAT, REMOVE THE THERMOSTAT HOUSING TO VERIFY IF THE THERMOSTAT WAS INSTAL

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March 15, 2013 060000 ENGINE (PWS)

PITSTOP: THERMOSTAT RE-INSTALLATION PROCEDURE – REPEAT REPAIR (DTC P0128) – WHEN DIAGNOSING A FORTE RETURNING WITH A REPEAT DTC P0128 AFTER REPLACEMENT OF THE THERMOSTAT, REMOVE THE THERMOSTAT HOUSING TO VERIFY IF THE THERMOSTAT WAS INSTAL

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March 22, 2013 350000 EQUIPMENT

TSB: WINDSHIELD WASHER PUMP INLET FILTER REPLACEMENT – THIS BULLETIN PROVIDES INFORMATION RELATING TO POSSIBLE FOREIGN DEBRIS ACCUMULATION ON THE WINDSHIELD WASHER PUMP INLET FILTER. OVER TIME, SOME KIA VEHICLES MAY EXHIBIT A LIMITED APPLI

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March 22, 2013 130000 VISIBILITY/WIPER (PWS)

TSB: WINDSHIELD WASHER PUMP INLET FILTER REPLACEMENT – THIS BULLETIN PROVIDES INFORMATION RELATING TO POSSIBLE FOREIGN DEBRIS ACCUMULATION ON THE WINDSHIELD WASHER PUMP INLET FILTER. OVER TIME, SOME KIA VEHICLES MAY EXHIBIT A LIMITED APPLI

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August 23, 2013 140000 AIR BAGS

PITSTOP: ACU VARIANT CODING AFTER PARTS SUPERSESSION – KMA HAS RECEIVED REPORTS OF SOME 2011~13MY OPTIMA AND 2010~13MY FORTE VEHICLES NOT ACCEPTING THE VARIANT CODE LISTED ON KGIS, FOLLOWING REPLACEMENT OF THE AIR BAG CONTROL MODULE. IN SOM

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October 19, 2015 110000 ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

TSB: KDS – AUDIO UPDATE MODULE (AUM) – THE GDS AUDIO UPDATE MODULE (AUM) WAS INTRODUCED IN FOURTH QUARTER OF 2013. THIS SPECIAL SERVICE TOOL (SST) WAS DEVELOPED TO IMPROVE THE EFFICIENCY AND EFFECTIVENESS OF UPDATING 2010MY, AND LATER, KIA

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October 19, 2015 118000 ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:SOFTWARE

TSB: KDS – AUDIO UPDATE MODULE (AUM) – THE GDS AUDIO UPDATE MODULE (AUM) WAS INTRODUCED IN FOURTH QUARTER OF 2013. THIS SPECIAL SERVICE TOOL (SST) WAS DEVELOPED TO IMPROVE THE EFFICIENCY AND EFFECTIVENESS OF UPDATING 2010MY, AND LATER, KIA

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November 1, 2011 111100 ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:12V/24V/48V BATTERY:CABLES

KIA: INFORMATION HAS BEEN PROVIDED REGARDING THE REPLACEMENT OF THE NEGATIVE (-) AND THE POSITIVE (+) BATTERY CABLE TERMINAL FOR SOME VEHICLES. *PE

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August 1, 2013 110000 ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

SUMMARY TO BE PROVIDED ON A FUTURE DATE.

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August 1, 2013 350000 EQUIPMENT

SUMMARY TO BE PROVIDED ON A FUTURE DATE.

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March 1, 2013 350000 EQUIPMENT

SUMMARY TO BE PROVIDED ON A FUTURE DATE.

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March 1, 2013 117000 ELECTRICAL SYSTEM: INSTRUMENT CLUSTER/PANEL

SUMMARY TO BE PROVIDED ON A FUTURE DATE.

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March 1, 2013 060000 ENGINE (PWS)

SUMMARY TO BE PROVIDED ON A FUTURE DATE.

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January 1, 2012 060000 ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING

KIA: VCM ACTUATOR REPLACEMENT AND ECM UPGRADE-TD/SL 2.0/2.4L MIL ON WITH DTC P200A. *KB

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August 3, 2015 100000 POWER TRAIN

TSB: 6-SPD. A/T ADAPTIVE VALUE RESET /RELEARN – THIS BULLETIN PROVIDES THE PROCEDURES NECESSARY TO RESET AND RELEARN THE ADAPTIVE VALUES AFTER TRANSMISSION REPLACEMENT OR REPROGRAMMING/REPLACEMENT OF THE PCM/TCM. AFTER THE ADAPTIVE VALUES A

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August 12, 2015 110000 ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

TSB: IDENTIFYING HEAD UNIT SOFTWARE VERSION FOR DIRECT EXCHANGE – THIS BULLETIN PROVIDES THE PROCEDURE ON HOW TO IDENTIFY AND RECORD THE HEAD UNIT SOFTWARE LEVEL ON VARIOUS HEAD UNIT PLATFORMS AND GENERATIONS. THIS PROCEDURE WILL NOW BE REQ

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August 12, 2015 118000 ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:SOFTWARE

TSB: IDENTIFYING HEAD UNIT SOFTWARE VERSION FOR DIRECT EXCHANGE – THIS BULLETIN PROVIDES THE PROCEDURE ON HOW TO IDENTIFY AND RECORD THE HEAD UNIT SOFTWARE LEVEL ON VARIOUS HEAD UNIT PLATFORMS AND GENERATIONS. THIS PROCEDURE WILL NOW BE REQ

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September 30, 2016 357100 EQUIPMENT:APPLIANCE:AIR CONDITIONER

PITSTOP: HVAC RECEIVER/DRYER – DESICCANT REPLACEMENT – IN THE EVENT OF A HVAC SYSTEM CONCERN IN WHICH METAL PARTICLES OR SHARDS HAVE CONTAMINATED THE SYSTEM, THE DESICCANT OR THE ENTIRE A/C RECEIVER/DRYER ASSEMBLY MAY NEED TO BE REPLACED. T

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