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  1. The Service Center
    Hey all, I have a failed fuel level sensor which I believe is part of the whole fuel sending system/float/etc. Is this a repair that is reasonable/practical/relatively simple to DIY? Or does the tank have to be dropped? Would it be something to just bite the bullet and have done? Thanks all!
  2. New Member Introductions
    Hi I'm a new member to the forum. My Optima SX turbo is not even a year old yet and within the last month, they replaced a faulty axle bearing and now have to replace the transmission. This car has a whopping 6500 miles on it. I'm now stuck driving a Nissan Sentra. The car has been at the...
  3. 3rd Generation Optima (2011 - 2015)
    Hi I have a 2018 and I have this sound that start in the back would anyone know what it sound like sound like a Bad Bering in the back here the sound https://lisa.convertio.me/p/z-oyYAqeCNKzW_2hDBQUhA/1c02761184269606a356444e81e112bd/c46b5f6c-9d32-4d6e-82fc-541ce3039315.mp3
  4. The Service Center
    I just purchased a used 2016 Optima EX (6k miles). Love it so far, except for the AM radio reception. Sometimes it's great and sometimes it's terrible – even in the exact same conditions. I know AM reception is impacted by many factors, but if those factors remain constant, the reception should...
  5. The Service Center
    I'm a little annoyed that the power window switch in the driver's door panel appears to be flaking out in a car that's only 5 years old (2012 optima)...I have original switches in my thunderbird that are 30 years old now.. anyways, I'm looking on rock auto to buy a replacement and replace it...
  6. 3rd Generation Optima (2011 - 2015)
    Hey guys, looking for some quick feedback. Would prefer not to take my car to the dealer. I have a 2013 EX, just a few days ago when turning on the wipers, they SLOOWWWWLY go up, then proceed to get stuck and the only way for me to get them back to a "closed" position is to help give them a push...
  7. Interior and Exterior Modifications
    Ive had my 2015 optima for 5 days.... and I already damaged it! I went to pull it on some ramps to change the oil and accidentally drove over the ramps. I damaged both side skirts on the car. The have a dent on each side just under the doors and the passenger side is slightly popped out. I...
  8. Wheels, Tires and Suspension
    I have a 2013 Kia Optima LX (Korean build) with about 50k miles. Few weeks ago, I heard very little noise coming from wheels/tires. I was not sure whether it was some issue or just a typical tire noise. One time, I called the local Kia/Audi/VW dealer to get an appointment. I told her that my...
  9. Interior and Exterior Modifications
    So I drive my optima to my fiance's parents house for her sisters B-Day gathering. I make sure to park out of the way because they were expecting a moderate crowd, and lots of vehicles. We have a good time and yada yada yada, we leave. It was raining so that I did not really pay attention my...
  10. 3rd Generation Optima (2011 - 2015)
    I've always serviced my own cars because of poor quality work by most dealerships. Two years ago, I got tired of crawling under cars and decided to let the Kia dealer do the servicing. The 5K and 10K mile service went well, but not so for the 15K. I found out the dealer used 5W-20 instead of...
  11. New Member Introductions
    So my wife's Optima SX has gone through about 3 weeks of rough shifting (hard shifts both up and down, staying in lower gear and high rpms etc). I read about the transmission temp sensor and how it could possibly be bad and causing this issue. So I brought it in to the dealer today. I tried to...
  12. The Service Center
    My check engine light came on. I got the code p0713. Research says that i need to replace the transmission fluid temperature sensor. Has anyone had this done? How much should i expect to pay for this at the dealership?
  13. Engine and Technical Discussion
    Has anyone seen anything like this before? I just got the plugs with a lap3 chip and had alot of misfires so i took the chip off and still had misfires. The took out the plugs and this is what I found.
  14. Engine and Technical Discussion
    I know there is an oil thread and I believe I know which oil I am suppose to use in my 2012 optima 2.0 turbo. I have changed the oil every 3000 miles or so since I bought it new. But for some reason yesterday when I changed my oil I filled it with 5W20 Mobile 1, and installed new Kia filter. I...
  15. 3rd Generation Optima (2011 - 2015)
    Ok that might be a bit strong. There have been good times. Here's my story. I got my 2013 Optima SX-T with tech and touring packages in September of 2013. The first 12 months were fairly smooth save for a financing fiasco that had nothing to do with KIA -except they set up my initial...
  16. 3rd Generation Optima (2011 - 2015)
    How bad is it??? I can't locate the leak and it does not drip onto the floor ...taking it in this weekend... How concerned should I be ????
  17. Wheels, Tires and Suspension
    Hi, I have a 13 Ex with 15K miles. Lately it seems like the front of the car is not like it was as new. I feel every bump and it just is riding tough. Worse then the F150 I traded in for it. This is not how it was new. I do drive the DC beltway every day which is known to be a crappy road as is...
  18. Outdated Administrative Threads
    For those of you who don't know, I was hit by a little old lady on Saturday, pretty much ruining both passenger doors and both fenders. I'm just glad I saw her before it was too late, because I was able to cut the wheel and avoid a head-on collision. So how bad do you guys think the damage...
  19. New Member Introductions
    Hey guys, new to the car and the site. Hoping to get some advise. We purchased a new 2015 kia optima Ex with the sunroof, black and had the windows tinted, picked it up on Friday at 1pm took it home packed it full of kids and luggage and very excited to take a trip to the in law's in our new...
  20. Interior and Exterior Modifications
    Hello all, just looking for some suggestions. A cigarette burned a pretty bad hole, about 3 inches in diameter in the back seat, it's leather, it burned though the cushion and I'm pretty pissed and mad at myself right about now lol but I'm looking for methods to fix it. I don't believe...
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