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  1. 3rd Generation Optima (2011 - 2015)
    Tonight as I was driving my sunroof became possessed and started opening on its own. I attempted to use the button to stop it but it kept opening whenever I let off the control switch. As it opened fully I heard a few (bad sounding) clicks and since then it will not close. Here’s what I’ve...
  2. The Service Center
    My apologies if this is a repeat question, but my left headlight, right tail light, and the dashboard lights on my 2008 Optima are out. I change the corresponding fuses and all the lights work for a couple days and then go out again. I would appreciate any feedback on what is most likely the...
  3. Engine and Technical Discussion
    So my wife was going to use my 2011 Kia Optima (bought new in 2011) and when she tried the key in the ignition she said the horn and alarm went crazy and the car wouldn’t turn on. She called me and I heard it going crazy. I come back from out of town and I start to look at the car. I was...
  4. New Member Introductions
    Hi there, This is only my second post here. I just wanted to know if anyone with a base model here has installed fog lights themselves, including a switch for them and the wiring. I'm new to cars in general (and know close to nothing about wiring,) but where I live foggy mornings are basically...
  5. The Service Center
    Hey all, I have a 13 Optima with 46k miles, about a month or so ago I started having issues with the locking system. The interior lock switches are inop, the doors lock on their own at random times. The exterior handle lock functions are inop and the trunk electric switch is inop. Everything...
  6. 3rd Generation Optima (2011 - 2015)
    So i recently got rid of my HIDs and going back to stock bulbs, because i had recent issues of the headlights turning on. At one point my headlights completely shutdown and wouldnt turn off with the switch light to off. They were still on even though the car was off (after like 5 min) so i...
  7. DIY Projects
    Hey everyone, looking to get some electrical help. I have a switchback light strip that has high/low power white light with amber turn signal. I don't want high power on during the daytime so I'm trying to set it up to where the high power comes on with proximity, but the turn signal takes over...
  8. Hybrids
    Hi All, So without finding any definitive examples, or digging up an irrelevant thread from an older model KOH, I'm looking for some technical insight into my HID conversion project. I'll be installing a 55W kit and anti-flicker capacitors, and I was wondering if anyone has had unexpected...
  9. Entertainment: Audio, Navigation, and Electronics
    hi all, I'm from the UK so hoping, as the optima is so much more popular over there with you guys, you might be able to help out? its a diesel, but I'm hoping that shouldn't be an issue? Have a very frustrating issue at present, after market Pioneer head unit blew a fuse, again, today, my...
  10. The Service Center
    I got a new battery 5-8 months ago, but even with the older battery sometimes when I start the car, I have to hold down the power key for 10 seconds and let go to let the engine start. This happens 2-4x a week. Is this a known problem and is there a solution? 2011 Kia Optima EX, 69k miles. Have...
  11. The Service Center
    Greets, Went to start the car the other day and found that there is no power going to the shifter console (no gear lights & stuck in park), no highbeams and no indicator light on dash, no traction control or light engaged/disengaged message, no check engine light, I can't reset the trip meter...
  12. The Service Center
    Greetings all so my 2013 SX Optima is having some gremlins in the electrical system. I've a 1988 Bronco which I slowly have been customizing as I like and before my SX I had a 1995 Izusu Trooper which i used daily while the Bronco rested. Whatever I was doing to the Bronco that seem to work I...
  13. 3rd Generation Optima (2011 - 2015)
    I noticed that my whole left side parking lights on the vehicle were not working (front LH, rear TL, left license plate bulb) this evening. Turn signals work, same goes for the low/hi beams. Right side parking lights work fine. I recently put in switchbacks and LEDs. Anyone know what it could...
  14. Entertainment: Audio, Navigation, and Electronics
    So i finally decided i should finish up the power folding mirror mod and i'm looking for an pin that i can insert in to the side view mirror connection. Kind of like the picture below? https://www.etrailer.com/static/images/pics/C/5/C56058_8_1000.jpg
  15. The Service Center
    Would absolutely love some of your thoughts to help me out here. I've done zero mods to my car in over a year, was not doing anything weird to cause this.
  16. New Member Introductions
    Been a lurker since I bought my car. First car I've had that I love. I just drove my wife's 1993 toyota camry wagon into the ground, and my parents convinced me to actually spend the money I was squandering on a nice car. I did some research and honestly fell in love with the double moonroof and...
  17. Entertainment: Audio, Navigation, and Electronics
    Hi all, I'm trying to figure out the best location to hook up a sub amp power and ground on the car. I have a 2013 SX. I'm planning on putting the amp in the trunk. I'm on my second attempt at making the audio in my car sound better. My first set up was a Sundown SA-10 and a CT Sounds 750.1...
  18. Entertainment: Audio, Navigation, and Electronics
    I'm not a mechanic, nor mechanically inclined, so when I wanted a couple of mods done to my '12 Optima SX I went on Craigslist to find someone that was. I did, or so I thought. I wanted the lights under the speakers replaced with brighter ones, so I purchased the ones recommended in this...
  19. The Service Center
    Hello, I have a '15 optima sx turbo. The other day the car started freaking out. Gauges and CELs random flashing and doing full sweeps, transmission downshifting slamming into gear, not shifting and over revving the car. Shut it off and it wouldn't start. Took it to Kia and they said the...
  20. Hybrids
    Hey all, I need to install a piece of gear for my Search and Rescue work. It needs to be able to run pretty much all the time. Here's what I am installing: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006QMM9XM?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00 My question is, how can I safely add this to...
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