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Kia Sedona Care & Maintenance

ClairesClaires Chicago areaPosts: 1,222
edited September 2014 in Kia
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  • redptcredptc Posts: 78
    Anyone think it may be a good idea to remove part of the engine cover that goes over the oil filter cover?I was wondering how many oil changes it would take before the cover bolts or threads are stripped out. Any ideas about this? :confuse:
  • You have to remove the cover don't you? I haven't done an oil change myself but it appears that you have to remove the cover (shroud). The fasterners I suspect are superficial and won't effect anything if they did strip... Doubt it would be a problem. You can always talk to your service dept. if you have any questions.
    Just my 2 cents.
  • redptcredptc Posts: 78
    No reason to have the cover loose if the bolts get stripped.Must have put the cover on for some reason,(good looks or a heat shield). What do you think? :confuse: :confuse:
  • I removed mine, I doubt it will affect anything, may even help to cool engine a bit. Anybody have the link to the official Kia parts page? Thanks
  • Capecoralbill,

    Here are a couple websites that are very helpful for Kia Information & parts. You may have to first register to gain access. It's no cost & has everything you need to know about your particular Kia Vehicle.
    Other links are also available on the Tech Info site.

  • capecoralbill,

    Sorry, the sites didn't post, I'll try again.

    After you log in, there are Recalls, Tech tips, Bulletins, and links to parts.
    Good Luck.

  • akoliveakolive Posts: 20
    Has anyone changed oil in their 06? The user manual didn't have instructions. If you have, please send me instructions.
    Thanks in advance.
  • Well, changed my oil last weekend and it was fairly easy. The oil pan bolt was quit a reach from the front. The filter sits in a canister on top of the engine and has no shroud around it so when a person pulls it out of the canister, it can be messy since the oil just pours out of it freely.
    Otherwise, the rest of the procedure is the same as any other vehicle.
    The only issue I have is the removal of the aluminum compression ring around the oil pan bolt. It was not obvious how to remove the old one, so I didn't this time. Anyone know how?
  • jacktbjacktb Posts: 41
    Does anyone have experience regarding what the average cost for the 30,000 maintenance is? Thanks.
  • Edmunds or Motor Trend came back with a cost of ~$220 on an actual 30K visit. I think it included (from memory) an oil change, tire rotation, replacement air filter, brake adjustment, etc.
  • bluedevilsbluedevils Posts: 2,554
    Edmunds cost estimate for 60k service on our 2002 Sedona was WAY lower than pricing in my area-- and I think I got a good deal compared with other folks around the country. If I recall, they claimed the timing belt was < $250 parts + labor.
  • vannervanner Posts: 47
    In the central/northern Kentucky area I have checked with several dealers for 30k price for our '06 LX. Even in the same TOTAL RIPOFF Montgomery Group Kia Stores around Louisville (they own all four dealerships here), there is a range. With the worst rip-off dealer in the entire US - the Southern Indiana Kia Store - it's $430. (This is the same service department that WILL do an "engine oil flush" in your 12K service if you let them, and charge $120 for what should run $90 tops.)

    The same group's headquarters Kia Store on Preston Highway in Louisville charges $335 for the very same service.

    I found the following prices when calling in a broad geographic area around Louisville and even one that could fall in with later vacation plans. I will add that with all of the dealers I called I was treated very courteously for "just asking". I am NEVER treatedx couteously at the southern IN Kia Store. All dealers but one noted, have available "loaners" for the pretty-much all-day job.

    Rivergate Kia, Nashville TN $446

    Car Town Kia, Lexington, KY $242
    (claims it does ALL that is required by Kia and we talked it over - it does fill the list including the transmission fluid change)

    King's Mazda/Kia, Cincinnati, OH $410

    Jake Sweeny Kia, Cinci (Florence) $380

    Martin Kia, Bowling Green, KY $430 (no loaners at all except for warranty repairs)

    Bill Byrd Kia, Panama City, FL $389 (Loaner by appointment)

    I guess it pays to shop around if you have that luxury. I will be burning a day to go to Car Town in Lexington for my 30K and I'll use the loaner to do some required occupational business there during the day.

    Even though I've seen prices as high as $1100 dollars for the 60K service, anyone have an idea on that range? I seriously doubt we'll keep this thing that long, but pushing much over 40K will be trouble since news is out just how much that 60K service costs. Trade-in prices for 40K+ Sedonas that have not had the 60K service are VERY low in this area.
  • vannervanner Posts: 47
    Just interested:

    What are people paying for or what have you been quoted for '05 Sedona 60K service? I doubt we'll be keeping ours to that point, the wife and I agreeing it probably goes this summer. I also do not think we'd have ever bought it in the first place if we'd known how expensive it would be to keep up the warranty, at least at the dealership where we bought it. (Yes, we were lied to about that, but not in writing.)

    On another front:

    I've been fairly active politically on a state level, doing some pretty successful lobbying over the years. I'm thinking of looking for sponsors in my state and maybe in US Congress for a law that all service costs to maintain any new-car warranty MUST be available and/or posted on the car, itemized, with the price current at the time of purchase. In other words, you'd know how much your service will cost, at today's prices, for the warranty life of the car. Service is a hidden cost of purchase, I think. Any ideas?
  • bluedevilsbluedevils Posts: 2,554
    vanner, see my other posts -- in the general 'Kia Sedona' forum I think -- regarding service costs on our 2002 EX. The 2002 thru 2005 Sedonas are pretty much identical mechanically. Any service prices you see from any of those years should be valid comparisons for you and your 2005.

    As I have said previously...we paid $680 plus tax for a LOT of work that probably constitutes the bulk of the 60k service. That seemed like a really good price for serpentine belt, timing belt, transmission flush, tune-up, and fuel injector service.

    Personally, I think you sound a little paranoid about doing every single thing in the maintenance schedule to keep the factory warranty 'intact'. Then again, I've never had a major problem during the warranty period with any vehicle I've owned.
  • jacktbjacktb Posts: 41
    Thanks to everyone, especially vanner with the multiple quotes, for the information on 30,000 mile service costs.

    I had my '05 done at the Kia dealership last week in Des Plaines, Il. for $354 which seems to be in the ballpark.
  • I paid $240 for 30k check at the only Kia dealer in town (Anchorage, AK), but I skipped the transmission fluid change (had done it at 25k because I was driving cross country) and the tire rotation (had just put on new winter tires), so it could have been more.
  • ddolleyddolley Posts: 1
    I just had my 60K "tune up" and a "Brake job" done at the Kia dealership in Elmhurst, Il. Just to let you know we could not afford the "timing belt" cost of $750.00 quote. What we did pay for the above two things were $1,009.94. The tune up parts were $79.50 and the labor was $315.00 The Brake parts were $159.95 and $420.00 for labor. Kind of expensive for maintenance isn't it?

  • bluedevilsbluedevils Posts: 2,554
    That sounds like a super-high price. Did you shop around? I found that the 2 Kia dealers in my area are quite reasonable on pricing for most of the major routine maintenance items.
  • also what do they do to to van
  • 11b33t11b33t Posts: 51
    They (service dept) should follow the maintenance checks in your owner manual depending on on your driving conditions of normal or severe...
  • anyone know the size of the tank in a 2003 sedona ex? is there different sizes?
  • Hey. We bought a used 06' Kia Sedona LX in December with 18,000 miles on it. We love it...when it will actually starts.
    Sometimes when we go to start it it won't even turn over. The lights and radio come on but that is about it. I've found that if I keep trying to start it, maybe after 50+ attempts, it will kick in. This is my only vehicle right now and my wife is almost 8 months pregnant,the last thing I need is for it to fail us at a critical moment.
    I took it toToyota dealership, who also work on Kia vehicles, to have them look at it. They kept it for 4 days and, of course, they could find no problem with it. It started every time for them...........
    Does anyone have a similar problem or may have a suggestion as to what it might be? Any help would be most appreciated. Thanks.
  • Hi Rene68,

    Sorry to hear of your troubles this may help.

    Tell your dealer about TSB No. KT2007092001

    Some 2006 &#150; 2007 Sedona (VQ) vehicles produced before April 18, 2007 may exhibit a customer concern in which the engine will not crank (starter will not engage) when attempting to start the engine. In some cases, this condition may be caused by higher than normal resistance across the Burglar Alarm Relay located inside the In Panel Module (IPM). This relay is not a serviceable item, and if defective requires the replacement of the IPM. Other concerns such as poor pin connections and other faulty components in the starter&#146;s circuit may also cause higher than normal circuit resistance, and should be considered before condemning and replacing the IPM. The following test procedure has been developed to assist you in determining whether the problem is the Burglar Alarm Relay in the IPM, or is related to some other area of the starter&#146;s circuit. It&#146;s recommended that this TSB be read in its entirety before attempting to perform this test procedure for the first time.

  • Hey Daniel,

    Thanks a lot for your help. I will let you know what happens when I take it to the dealership. Hopefully this will help others with the same problem.

    Thanks again!
  • From what I can find it is 75 liters or 20 gallons and I believe it is only one size.

  • My power steering fluid cooler went out about 7 days ago. I have now found out that this part is on a national backorder. There are 100 coming in the country but are already spoken for and 300 more on order with no eta. (!) I spoke with Kia and they said that it was not their fault. However, from what I have "heard" this is a huge problem with the older Sedonas. Is anyone else having this problem. Because to me if this is on "National Backorder" status it is a Kia problem that they should help fix or at least help cover rental fees. I might be out of a car up to three weeks!
  • I just purchased a 2005 Sedona and was trying to replace the air filter. One of the bolts just spins when trying to remove it. I really don't want to remove everything to get to the bottom of the housing. Any thoughts?
  • janeyjjaneyj Posts: 1
    I have a 2007 Kia Sedona. How often do I have to change the oil? I think it says 7000 miles on my owners manual but isn't that too long of a time to go without an oil change?
  • I am no mechanic or anything, but I have family in the cars business and the new cars are just designed much better than they used to and as long as you are not a severe driver or live in a severe climate then you are fine. You won't lose anything other than a little money if you do decide to do it earlier though. Take it for what it's worth, hope it helps.
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