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Kia Sedona Squeaks, Rattles and other Noises

hi, i have an 07 sedona since we had it its really noisy tappit noise and worse when cold. its like a transit van is this normal?.
also 3 weeks ago we went to over take and loss of power, check engine light came on and it was running a bit rough for a while. we went to our local dealer here in england and he said it was dodgy fuel. 2 weeks ago the same thing so this time we went to another dealer and they couldnt find anything on the machine. got the car back then went to overtake on the motorway and oh my gosh it happend again, loss of power, engine check light on and running really badly. this could have caused a serious accident we were lucky. so back to the garage and the mechinic is using it and as yet not found a fault on driving it or on the machine and it has behaved well for them, any ideas?.
also since the first check light came on 3 weeks ago when starting it up now and going through the gears it jerks its hard to emplain but can anybody help?.
we have told them we dont want the car back until they find the fault.
i have told them if nothing comes up on the mchine to take parts of the engine off and manually check but they have to get permission off kia here in england for that.
oh and any cure yet for the electric doors that play up?.
any help would be great.



  • 03 sedona. sometimes sounds like a plane is taking off, whirling noise, really sounds like you are in a plane heading down the runway. goes away, Fuel Pump ?? please help me so can repair before it really gets worse.
  • If the sound is coming from the right rear of the vehicle...then it possibly could be the Rear A/C Expansion Valve / groaning noise problem (TSB # KT2005062805).

    Problem: "Intermittent high pitched whine or siren type noise from rear A/C unit"

    Fix: "Replace the rear expansion valve...this applies to vehicles produced before 12/20/03."

    If you search the "problems" forum you will see more about this noise and fix.
  • My 2006 sedona has a nasty whistle / whirling noise at highway speeds. It sounds like it is coming from the front passenger area, near the top of the windshield. They say there is nothing wrong and they can't reproduce it when the have the vehicle. Any ideas anyone?
  • At highway speeds and a strong crosswind I got a humming from the drivers window, I think it from the outside mirror it only did it 3 or 4 times so I'm not brothered by it.
    The only problem I have is my left rear tire looses air from new. I have to add air every 3 weeks. I'll bring it to there attention in May when I take it in for inspection and oil change.
  • every now and again no specific speed, angle of car etc, it sounds like a jet roaring down a runway prior to take off. comes from the back end passenger side of van. anyone else ever hear of such a thing? someone suggested loose fuel filter? please help, driving me crazy
  • Well, I found the answer to one of my problems that has made me wonder for some time on my 06 Sedona LX. There would be a knocking sound coming from behind the glove box when I would turn off the van, like 5 or 6 knocks and then stop. Turns out it is an actuator that controls a HVAC door and I don't know if it working properly but tomorrow I am going to the dealer to have them fix it. Just thought I would let you all know.

  • Don't know if others have experienced this but I get a slight whine coming from the steering wheel column. It is only there after the a/c has been running for a while and sounds like rubber rubbing against each other. Also you can only hear it when you turn the wheel, not all the time. I am sure it has to do with heat and something expanding just a little to much, not a big issue but it does annoy me. I will let you know what the fix is when I know.

  • Same exact issue we're having with our 06 van. I was told point blank there was no fix for it. Oh sure at first we were told the fuel, then this and that was the problem. We had the van in the shop 7 times and now have a lawyer for a lemon law. Don't mess around- the lose of power is a problem.

    Our locks also went off and on by themselves along with the lights flashing. Let's see what other problems- the horn doesn't work, the window gaskets are broken, the lights on the dash don't work... the car is a peice of crap.

    Bottom line, we were told it's a computer problem and no fix available.

    Guess where my van is today? In the shop, legally they had one more chance to fix it. Reguardless, we're suing. I'm done with kia and the games.
  • Did you ever get the issue with the knocking sound from behind the glove box resolved? I'm taking my 2006 Sedona in tomorrow for the same issue.
  • Hey,

    I'm sorry I have not. I just had business trips come up and this and that, newborn baby and what not and have not had time to leave it over there for them to check it out. It does not seems to affect anything that I can tell. Please let me know what they say and or do.

  • stushstush Posts: 62
    Has anyone had or has a problem with some nasty squeaking coming from the rear of van? I have a 07 Entourage bought in 6 / 06. The plate at bottom of drivers door says it was built by Kia. Do you have a simple solution? I have had no problem of wind noise coming from sliding doors, ( don't have the cross rails), or having power sliding door malfunctions ( as to the Entourage forum). Other than the squeaking I'm very pleased. I got a little over 24,000 miles on it.
  • On my 06 Sedona I had a rattle from the rear door and it was from the lock, or where the lock met the door frame on the rear door. I took WD 40 and sprayed the lock on the door itself, not the key hole, inside the lock and all around and no more rattle. Hope this helps.
  • I have an 06 Sedona with 17,600 miles and have experienced the same sound. Sometimes it sounds like the speedometer has a dry bearing only above 70 MPH. The problem is intermitten and is becoming less frequent almost to the point of non existence, would have the dealer look at it but I'm sure the problem wouldn't show itself during their analysis, I'm sure.

  • Concerning the rattle or squeak from the rear of the vehicle. The noise could be caused by the rear sear not being fully latched to the floor. This accounts for several sounds everyone hears from the rear of the vehicle. Lastly, you can get a rattle sound from improperly stored rear seat belts also.

  • I totally agree that all those can cause rattles. One trick with the rear seats is you have to make sure you let the release strap go as you are folding the seat back into place so it grabs on the latch correctly. As far as the rear rattle on mine, I went through everything. Even checking the jack and tools. I ended up having my wife drive as I sat in the trunk to figure it out and sure enough it was coming from the lock latch. I have no idea what was rattling but I narrowed it down to there for sure. Also, mine would only rattle over little bumps in the road and here in PR that is 85% of the road. Nothing was loose so I sprayed it with WD 40 and it went We shall see if it comes back soon.
  • I have a 04 kia sedona. since April 07 the abs light and brake light comes on with a noise.( same noise when you open the door) I brought it to 3 different kia dealers and no one seems to know why or what the problem is. I video taped the problem and they still don't know how to fix the problem. they said it was the aftermarket alarm system so I disconneted it and still had same issue. they blamed it still on the alarm was adv to take out and did. It still goes off 2 or 3 times a day for around 5 mins .when this problem first happen had 43k miles now it has 52 k and it is still under warranty until 60 k . I brought the car used a few years ago never had any problems until now. has anyone heard of this problem, if so pls help I did contact a lawyer,
    Thanks Joann
  • times2times2 Posts: 45
    You should double-check the brake fluid level. I used to have a 2002, and sometimes the light would go on, and it would "ring" when I went around a corner. Apparently, the fluid level was low enough to set off the sensor when I was cornering. If you do have low fluid, it might indicate that your pads are getting thin.

    Hope that helps.
  • The grinding squeak from the rear!! We have had the 2007 Kia Sedona into the dealer four times and each time they have taken off the hatch and put padding on it. On the 4th trip they called the manufacturer rep and ordered a new rear hatch. After about three days the grinding squeak returned. We have had a rental already for six days through the dealership. I am going to invoke the lemon law.
    The van only has 15k on it.
    Anyone else had this problem? :mad:
  • I had a rattle in the rear latch that I fix every so often with spraying a silicon based lubricant that you can get at home Depot for $5.00 You can use WD 40 as well but does not last as long. Try it, works for me and others. Why it rattles there with no lubrication I do not know. Sounds like you are really pissed though to invoke the lemon law over that. Do you not like the van otherwise? I would try spraying the lock mechanism completely and see if that works. It may start to rattle again after a while but then just spray it again. When I say while I mean maybe spray it once a month. It should not be this way but there may be a slight design flaw which causes this. Let us know if this works. My van is fantastic and 5 bucks for a can of lubricant is nothing. Silicon lubricant is great for all the hinges and rollers on the van as well to keep them lubricated. You can even use silicon lubricant to lubricate where the window meets the rubber on your windows and you will notice faster operation of your power wonders due to less friction. It's great stuff.
  • Joan, I have this same problem with my 2003 Sedona. I was told it is an electrical problem and that the ABS was actually working find. However, the dinging is enough to drive you bonkers. My Kia has over 60,000 and I bought mine used as well, so I have no warranty. Let me know what you find out!
  • I am going to try that lubricant idea. They have tried foam padding and ordering another hatch on the vehicle, but the squeaking is still there. Im told its probably a spot weld issue.
    I really like the van otherwise. Great engine, comfortable etc.

  • hey, I still having the same issue, I have 55,000 now on my kia. I contacted lawyer and going through a pre lawsuit since Jan. We are waiting for Kia to apply. I just want the noise to be disconnected at this time it is driving me nuts. The dealerships don't have a clue why this is happening, I brought it to 3 different kia dealerships around 13 times with warranty and still they can't fix the problem. If you can I would try to disconnect the noise yourself. I will let you know what happens with my car.
  • jimmyy43jimmyy43 Posts: 8
    I have a 2006 Sedona with 24000 miles on it. Don't know if this noise has always been there or if I am just noticing it after riding in a friends Odessey. My van seems to emit a lot of road noise when compared to the Honda. Our van came with Michlien Energy LX4 tires and the reviews on that tire, at Tire Rack, complain about it being noisy. Anyone having the same problem and have any idea if it is in fact the tires or the van? Also any suggestions on a better tire that might be more quiet? Other than problems so far.
  • vince17vince17 Posts: 19
    Got an 03 sedona and I notice your posting is december (cold weather time of year) My 03 rear door squeaks but I think the rear rubber door stoppers are cold and hard thus shrinking away from any door contact.This inturn provides no opposing internal force on the rear door leaving it a bit loose. When the weather warms see if the rubber stoppers provide enough cushion after they expand a bit.I like a quite ride myself ,hope mine stops squeaking in the spring.
  • Hi Jimmy,

    I have noticed a big difference in road noise when buying new tires for our 3 different min vans over the years.

    My 2004 Kia Sedona has Kumho Tires, and they very low on road noise compared to some other tires I have had.

    I replaced 1 along with sub-in of the original equip spare (full Kumho) - to get two new tires on the front of my van (at 60,000km)- They are actually pretty expensive, but I am happy with them.

    The rears are still like new and so now I will rotate regularly.

    Hope this helps
  • ebizguyebizguy Posts: 1
    I have the exact same problem on my 06 did you solve the problem ?

  • jimmyy43jimmyy43 Posts: 8
    Thanks Chris
    I'll go to the Tire Rack web site and review the Kumo. Hope they have a 235/60/R17
  • Are you a Kia Cust Serv Rep assigned to damage control??
  • mluhringmluhring Posts: 5
    I have the awful squeeking in the back of my '06 Sedona as well. When you say lock latch are you referring to the latch that locks the seat to the floor or the latch on the rear hatch door? For me the squeeking is worse when the seats are folded into the floor.

    I have not found time to ride in the back while someone drives yet.
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