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Kia Sedona Strut Issues



  • Hi there!

    My wife and I purchased a 2006 LX model in early '07. It started making the same (at least I think the same) thumping noise and riding pretty rough recently.

    Was the repair you mentioned covered under warranty ( I hope?)

    In going through my warranty manual it doesn't look as though it would be, without a very serious fight.

  • jimmyy43jimmyy43 Posts: 8
    Sorry I will not be of much help. The Sedona has a lot of nice features but we were in the shop so many times that after 2 years we lost confidence in it and traded it in. After the last visit, for failure to start I drove out of the shop, hit a small bump in the road and there was that thud and I said I am not going back!
    Interestingly...we have had our next vehicle (not a Kia) for 8 months and 6500 miles and NOT ONE issue so far!
    Good luck and sorry I offered no help.
  • onedmconedmc Posts: 5
    My Kia was repaired under warranty . I had to pay nothing out of pocket and no more issues have come up. I had my 30,000 mile service done in the mean time and it cost $350.00.
  • bwaynbwayn Posts: 13
    Based on my experience in care of my 2002 Kia Sedona with over 100,000 miles, here are some info on the "strut issure" mentioned above I thought may be helpful; as for me, it took care of the problem. The van has been used more like a truck. I have the middle sits removed for hualing heavy cargo up to the roof besides hauling children sometime.

    Tire ware, alignment, and struts are associated with the issue which you may like to pay attention to. At around 50,000 miles, you may have them mantinence check; that is abut the time that the ride gets bumpy and a bit out of control. Meanwhile, inspect the struts for oil leakage. At about 70,000 mile the struts needed to be replaced reguardless. You will notice a better ride.

    Strut Part # (2002-05) Front Right W0133-1658525
    Front Left W0133-1658526

    Kia calls them:(02-05)FR 0K52Y34700A
    FL 0K52Y34900A

    For DIY individials, they are available in the web but Kia dealership often costs less. The right strut often cost much more then the left. Actually, they both are exactly the same strut; the only different is the location of the brake line and abs line brackets as the left is the reverse of the right. The purpose of the brackets are holding the lines sturdy. So, if you like to save the money, you can just get two left struts and push the lines an inch or so further and pop them into the brackets on the right strut side. If you didn't think the lines can reach, just strap it down with wire tights.

    The rear shocks are available everywhere, Amazon is one of the good source but not eBay. The Part # MoMonroe Reflex 911272 REFLEX LIGHT TRUCK Shock Absorber. They can be easily replaced by removing the shock mount bracket which fasten on the frame by 5 big screws.

    Hope this helps.

  • carfan19carfan19 Posts: 3
    Yes, the repair will be covered under warranty. My 2006 Sedona EX was making same bonk/thumping noise when going over small bumps at slow speeds. When I took it in to dealer, I mentioned to service Rep. what I had read in the blogs regarding the engine cradle. They said they'll look into it. Got vehicle back same day in the afternoon. They replaced rear subframe bushings and stabilizer links. I'm assuming the stabilizer bar is the same as sway bar. Result: Noise is gone and vehicle feels tight and not as shaky and loose as it did before. Besides this issue we love our Sedona, it's been great so far. Hope this helps everyone who's having this problem. :)
  • There is 4 ways that they go in. I have been having tire wear issues. How do I know if I have them installed correctly
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