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Kia Rondo



  • woofmeowwoofmeow Posts: 1
    Scotchgard has bad chemicals which will affect the environment and your and your family's health. They break down eventually and seep into your tissues.
  • bgwbgw Posts: 116
    We had a 2007 with grey leather and now have a 2011 with black leather. We are finding the leather quite easy to clean, even with 2 kids. Plus, when we still had the 2007, the leather was showing little sign of wear at all. A friend had a 2008 with cloth, I did not hear her mention how easy/hard it was to clean.
  • tsm280ztsm280z Posts: 30
    Has anyone had problems with warped brake rotors?
    I have a 2007 EX V6 with 30,000 miles on it. Getting a severe vibration in the steering wheel during moderate to hard braking. Pads are fine. I assume it's the rotors or front end wayout of alignment. Do they even resurface rotors anymore or just replace them?
  • bgwbgw Posts: 116
    I replaced all 4 brakes (!) in 2010, at about 30,000 miles. The rear calipers had frozen due to our very salty climate and I wasn't proactive enough to notice it. I did think that the front brakes were working harder than normal but by the time I had the brakes checked, the rears were rotted and the fronts had begun to warp. Partly the fault of our climate, and partly my fault. (Our climate is so salty, my 2002 PT Cruiser's rocker panels are almost non-existent!)
    Considering that I replaced 4 rotors, 4 sets of pads and needed to free up the rear calipers, the cost wasn't too bad. Now that I have a 2011 Rondo EX V6, I will be paying closer attention to my brakes!
  • tsm280ztsm280z Posts: 30
    Thanks bgw. My wifes' Taurus had the same problem at 30,000 miles.
    Turned out Ford used crappy rotors ... common problem.
    Just curoius how many other Rondo owners have a similar problem.
  • e_net_ridere_net_rider Posts: 1,380
    If within the past few thousand miles anyone dropped the wheels for rotation, brake check, etc. take it to them. You might try gotcha by asking to see their wheel changers torque wrench. But he might actually have one, just did not use it.
    Most are now recognizing that failure to use torque wrench is the reason for warped rotors. It has been a long known fact but denied by many mechanics. GM has even put out bulletins to mechanics to always use a torque wrench for the wheels because doing otherwise will damage rotors and even the wheel base. If you have cast aluminum wheels, the improper torque warps the mounting face as well as the rotor, so just replacing the rotor still leaves you with a warped wheel. I would not accept a turned rotor because the problem may resurface, but to a lesser degree. The metal will try to rebound a little if properly torqued.
    If you can prove they improperly torqued, say an impact wrench, with or without torque-stix was used, then I'd say they owe you new wheels and rotors.
  • conwelpicconwelpic Ontario, CanadaPosts: 600
    I have a '08 EX with the 2.4L and I'm still on the original brakes and tires with over 70,000 km.
  • tmurphytmurphy Posts: 10
    I have a high pitched sound coming from what I believe is from the rear brakes. Sounds similar to the sound the brake wear indicator would make (not sure if Kias have them) but I have plenty of pad left (34,000 miles).
    It only happens on the highway at speeds over 60 mph. If I tap the brakes the noise goes away
    and then comes back after I release the brake. This is what makes me believe it's coming from the brakes. If I drop the speed the noise goes away.
    I've taken the wheels off to inspect but can't find anything out of the ordinary.
    Anyone else have a similar problem?
  • e_net_ridere_net_rider Posts: 1,380
    OE finally wore out, past 60K. I talked my wife into putting Michelins on. What a difference. Ride quality has improved a lot as well as road noise.
    Dealer rotated them at next oil change, prematurely since they only had 1000 miles, but idiots used impact wrench, not torque wrench. The warped rotor vibration was starting before I realized it. Some of it has gone away with proper torqueing.
    The dealer apparently has added their own alignment rack so they no longer slep the job out and tire installation was done in dealer shop.
    Steering seems a little loose when it comes to highway control. A bit more than what had been. It always had a bit of control issue in crosswinds and passing vehicles. A good wax job may reduce some of it, but I also get the feeling that tie rod ends may be involved or the alignment.
  • Anyone out there who has had there timing belt replaced at 60,000 miles?

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