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  1. Hybrids
    Hello everyone, I need to replace the engine in my 2011 optima hybrid after it was severely damaged after overheating. I am searching online and find very confusing information about engine compatibility between 2011-2012 model years and newer >2013. Do they have the same engine or not?
  2. The Service Center
    I have a 2013 Optima EX. I had to replace the little flexible coupling between the power steering motor and gearbox. Replacement went fine and took just over an hour. A couple days later I noticed that the ESC light was on constantly. I did forget to connect the brake light switch after the...
  3. Interior and Exterior Modifications
    I have a 2013 sx optima and bought some LED bulbs from the K5 store recently. I went to go start the replacement of them but had issues removing the dust cover. Just to make sure that I wasn't turning it the wrong way, I tried both ways and still nothing. I was able to remove the high beam...
  4. Interior and Exterior Modifications
    I managed to last a month almost to the day I bought my 2018 before getting the mod itch. I replaced all the rear bulbs with Led's from JDM Astar. They have quality bulbs that have never failed me in the past. Of course the turn signals had hyper flash so I installed the resistors with T-taps...
  5. Hybrids
    All: I just hit 53k miles on my hybrid and they are almost at the point where I need to replace them. I have been looking at the following two sets of tires. Hankook Kinergy GTH436's and the General Altimax R743. Does anyone suggest either one over the other ? Or even another tire completely...
  6. The Service Center
    Just found out that I need to replace the rear pads and needed to confirm that the SX doesn't have EPB that I've read about in SXLs. I don't believe it does, as the parking brake is, or at least appears to be, mechanical. Is it correct that you can just compress the brake piston the way you...
  7. 3rd Generation Optima (2011 - 2015)
    2012 Optima SX: Does anyone know how easy it is to replace the junction box behind the driver's side fuse box? I have the door locking problem where doors sometimes do not lock, and the dealer identified and quoted me $700 to replace it. I'm assuming it's a matter of taking out the fuse box to...
  8. Hybrids
    I have been shopping for a replacement for my 2013 Passat TDI and looked hard at a couple of hybrids including the Optima and the Niro.The lifetime hybrid battery replacement is a plus for Kia. A question came up after I had a used Prius checked out and came back with a recommendation to...
  9. Engine and Technical Discussion
    A heads up - 2013 SX, 67,000 miles and broke down getting onto highway Sunday. Towed and turned out be a bad fuel injector = $600 for part/labor. They told I should have had them perform fuel system cleaning to avoid this, wanted $189 to do now. I told no thanks, ordered CRC Intake Valve Cleaner...
  10. Wheels, Tires and Suspension
    A little embarassed to ask but.. I need to replace my front pads and I've never done so. Just wondering what all tools I need? I have everything to take the tire/rim off to get to the caliper, just not sure what to do from there. To my understanding, I need a C-clamp and a socket wrench (or can...
  11. Entertainment: Audio, Navigation, and Electronics
    Has anyone thought of trying this? There would definitely be some fabrication involved and some clever audio tricks to pull off... But Im thinking it might just work with some creative ingenuity. Thoughts?
  12. 3rd Generation Optima (2011 - 2015)
    The time has come and the Optima's lease is up in 2 months and it is getting replaced with this A6 2.0T premium plus with cold weather, sport package, and Bose surround sound. However, Kia will not let us turn in the Optima early even if we pay the remaining payments and disposition fee, so...
  13. Engine and Technical Discussion
    So yesterday i had to replace the battery in our 2012 Kia Sorento... Fiance noticed the car starting funny so yesterday i took it to Autozone and sure enough "bad Battery". 29 month old battery shot.. FL heat is destroyed the battery IMO.... please check yours... Now since we have bumper to...
  14. Entertainment: Audio, Navigation, and Electronics
    After installing a new compact dual 10" MTX sub box and a Kicker CX600 (335 watts RMS certified) and having fantastic results, I followed my installers advice and replaced all door speakers too and powered them with a Kicker 400 (228 watts rms total, or 57 rms X 4 certified). The installer...
  15. Engine and Technical Discussion
    Hey folks, I do not really feel like there is a point to go full cat back with the 2.4. So in an effort to get a better sound and good looks, I was thinking of going with some mangaflow mufflers and flowmaster tips. Costs of those are easy. however I do not want to get screwed on the cost...
  16. Engine and Technical Discussion
    Hi all, So I've literally seen about 3 different ways of how people installed their Torcon BOV plate and everyone is having different opinions. I just want to see a picture of the absolute correct way to install this plate. I've attached a photo showing the way I installed it and have pretty...
  17. Entertainment: Audio, Navigation, and Electronics
    I have a 2013 LX and it just has a standard rear-view mirror with no extras, etc. I'm wondering if anyone has installed an aftermarket mirror to replace it and how easy is it? I found this on Amazon. Seems like just what I'm looking for. Any advice, pictures, etc. would be much appreciated...
  18. Interior and Exterior Modifications
    Anyone does this yet? Any ideas how? Wasn't able to find any info on Google or searching here. I imagine we would order from Kia and then see if it's compatible.Most interested in the cup holder lights in the 2014 center console.
  19. Entertainment: Audio, Navigation, and Electronics
    Hi Everyone, Long story short, my front left dash speaker has blown. Although it's getting replaced by Kia this weekend, I caught the upgrade bug and ordered a set of JBL GTO328's to replace both front dash speakers and a pair of JBL GTO638's to replace the rear door speakers. I noticed that...
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