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Year, Make, Model, Trim: 2013 Kia Optima LX
  • Engine/Performance Mods: None
  • Mileage at the time of failure: 146K
  • Determined cause of engine failure
  • Was proper maintenance performed?
  • Was it covered under warranty?
  • Did KIA approve car rental/reimbursement?
  • What was the outcome?

I haven’t answered some of these because I haven’t taken it to the dealer. This problem happened yesterday and I just found out today my problem is because of the engine fail P1326 code.

I do have a question. I realized after my last oil change I don’t have all my oil change records. Do they ever deny the claims because I can’t prove I keep up with my oil changes?

also someone said I should call consumer affairs. Is that 1-800 4Kia roadside number or something else?
 

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Mine just died...

2012 Optima SX Turbo
2.0L Turbo, no mods
195,000 km
Knock sensor malfunction
Oil changes done every 8,000 km with synthetic oil
Covered under warranty (but probably not 5,000 km later)
Rental car covered
Wanted to charge me $400 for a new starter, called Kia Canada to complain and they included it in the claim.
Only took 1 week to replace and get it back! Everything is running great.
Just wondering why they say it doesn't need a break in but confirmed it is a new engine...?
What number did you call to speak to KIA about paying for your starter?
In September 2019 had my engine replaced due to recall. My 2013 KIA Optima would stall out as I was driving or sometimes wouldn’t start then my engine starting making noises. Took my Kia Optima 2013 into Kia dealership they replaced the engine but not the starter. After I got it back it wasn’t starting sometimes, I bought a new battery and then the starter went out. Then Covid19 happened and we’ve been in locked down since March 2020 & my Kia has been parked all year. Kia wouldn’t pay to have my car towed so I Got my car towed to Kia and they told I have to pay around $800 to replace starter because they say it’s been a year since my engine was replaced they won’t cover it under warranty from the engine recall! Does anyone else have problems with their starter & battery after engine recall replacement?
 

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Hey folks, had the same thing happen here as well.
- Year, Make, Model, Trim
2012 EX 2.0t
- Engine/Performance Mods
None yet
- Mileage at the time of failure
Approx 153,000
- Determined cause of engine failure
Nothing other than seizure, failure.
- Was proper maintenance performed?
Yes, regularly
- Was it covered under warranty?
Yes! Thankfully
- Did KIA approve car rental/reimbursement?
Yes
- What was the outcome?
Still at the dealership waiting on engine delivery.

Engine failed on 8/4 after having $3300 worth of work and a new set of tires put on. Was sick to my stomach!
My son and I were driving it in an inbuilt neighborhood as he’s learning to drive. We traded seats to head home and revved it pretty high from first to second. Sadly it never made it to second. No pop or noise, just coasted to a stop with some smoke coming from under the hood. Electrical all still operating, but she was dead dead.
Called my wife to come get us and then a tow truck. While waiting on the tow, was debating on taking back to the mechanic shop who performed the recent work or to the dealership. Started reading online and thankfully found many other similar stories and decided to tow it to dealership which turned out to be the right decision.
Will post update when she’s back in my hands.



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Quick question my Kia Optima is also at mechanic shop at the moment but they haven’t looked at it yet. Idk when they will look at it should I just take it to the Kia dealership instead. Also I have a custom exhaust should I put the stock exhaust back on ?
 

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  • Year, Make, Model, Trim 2012, Kia, Optima, EX-T
  • Engine/Performance Mods 2.0T, None
  • Mileage at the time of failure 158,695 Km. (98,609 miles)
  • Determined cause of engine failure Rod bearing failure
  • Was proper maintenance performed? Yes
  • Was it covered under warranty? Yes
  • Did KIA approve car rental/reimbursement? No (their excuse was no courtesy cars were available)
  • What was the outcome? Car was checked into Service on a Monday (in limp mode) and picked up with a replacement engine by Friday

Car went through many odd symptoms prior to going into limp mode though:
  • 2020-11-27: Engine stalled three times, each time after releasing gas pedal following full throttle acceleration. Replaced spark plugs next day (they were due to be replaced anyway) but I never got the chance to repeat the stalling test due to wet streets/congested traffic. It took weeks before I could test it again but no stalling occurred then.
  • 2020-12-04: Noticed faint engine knocking sound would occur between 2000 to 3000 rpm under light acceleration, but not under heavier acceleration. Could also duplicate knocking when in “Park” if engine was warm and revved lightly between 2000 to 3000 rpm. Checked oil level and found it slightly higher than normal, so I changed the oil the very next day. Coolant level seemed lower too.
  • 2020-12-12: Took car to a performance service station to check for possible head gasket leak. No coolant found in oil and no oil found in coolant. They knew about the new spark plugs so they pulled them and found two plugs had a surprising amount of carbon fouling. (didn't report which ones though) They then did a leak test by temporarily applying high pressure to the fuel injector rail and then tried starting the car afterwards. Engine required extensive cranking before it would fire, and since the engine was cold the RPM's jumped high enough to cause the knocking sound. Technicians recognized sound as loud bottom end knocking and aborted further tests.
  • 2020-12-21: Dropped car off at Kia dealer under a knocking engine complaint. Car failed knock test (I knew it would) because official knock test is run at 2000 RPM, whereas my engine only knocked around 2400 RPM or higher under light acceleration. Technicians could duplicate knock and even sent a video of it to Kia Canada.
  • 2020-12-23: Kia Canada decided NOT to honour free engine replacement in its current state. (i.e., failed knock test, no P1326 engine trouble code) Service person suggested I continue to drive the car but to push it a little harder to accelerate the inevitable upcoming engine failure.
  • 2021-01-03: Engine power output dropped suddenly while on freeway due to flashing “check engine” light on dash, confirming car was in “limp” mode. Could not coax engine to spin faster than 1900 rpm, but using cruise-control allowed car to remain at 100kph (62mph) even while going up hills. Dropped car off at same Kia dealer parking lot on a Sunday afternoon, and went there early Monday morning with spare keys and made an appointment to get it checked out. Kia Canada finally approved engine replacement. (it had P1326 engine trouble code and engine would finally knock at 2000 RPM, once engine was warm)

Extra work done:
  • Got them to replace the serpentine belt as it was getting hard and making noises above 1800 RPM.
  • Got fuel injector cleaning service done. Even the tech said it was carbon-ed up quite badly.
  • Rear brakes got new pads + rotors + caliper servicing because passenger rear caliper was just starting to seize a little. (I normally do this kind work myself, but I just didn't have the time plus I conveniently received an unexpected gift of cash at Christmas, so all the extra work was essentially free)

Car runs great now. Like a young puppy compared to an old dog, it just wants to go faster.
I am taking it easy on the engine though, to let it break-in a bit. Gas mileage was really good while driving around in the country over the weekend.

I took pictures of the my old engines intake runners while I was at the dealership. No catch can was ever used: (noticed 4 other engines sitting beside mine!)
Cylinder intake #1:
249592

Cylinder intake #2:
249593


Cylinder intake #3:
249594


Cylinder intake #4:
249595


Done.
 

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Well, add me to the list. My 2014 Optima SX stalled and shut down on a busy road last night. Odometer reads just a tad over 90K miles. There was a burning electrical smell and a bit of smoke coming from under the hood. After I put the vehicle in park, I wasn't able to get it back in gear. It wouldn't start or even attempt to turn over. Local police officers had to get it off the road while we waited for the tow truck. I had it towed to my apartment and a mobile mechanic came by and diagnosed it today. Metal shavings in my oil. He removed the spark plugs and the drive belt to crank it by hand and it wouldn't turn. It's being towed to the Kia dealership tomorrow (I'm responsible for towing fees at this point). I still owe over $11K on the car, so I sure hope this is covered!
 

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Well, add me to the list. My 2014 Optima SX stalled and shut down on a busy road last night. Odometer reads just a tad over 90K miles. There was a burning electrical smell and a bit of smoke coming from under the hood. After I put the vehicle in park, I wasn't able to get it back in gear. It wouldn't start or even attempt to turn over. Local police officers had to get it off the road while we waited for the tow truck. I had it towed to my apartment and a mobile mechanic came by and diagnosed it today. Metal shavings in my oil. He removed the spark plugs and the drive belt to crank it by hand and it wouldn't turn. It's being towed to the Kia dealership tomorrow (I'm responsible for towing fees at this point). I still owe over $11K on the car, so I sure hope this is covered!
That part kind of gives me worry for you. Part of the knock test if I have it correctly is they drain the oil and then change it to inspect the old oil and to hear the car. Let us know what happens man, good luck to you!
 

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Year, Make, Model, Trim: 2013 Kia Optima LX
  • Engine/Performance Mods: None
  • Mileage at the time of failure: 146K
  • Determined cause of engine failure: Engine Recall issue
  • Was proper maintenance performed? If you mean like regular oil changes, yes.
  • Was it covered under warranty? Yes
  • Did KIA approve car rental/reimbursement?
  • What was the outcome? This one is the kicker. They told me it would take two weeks . That was last Friday. I picked it up yesterday. I hope they replaced it with a new engine. Is there a way for me to tell?
  • Also they HAVE NOT yet reimbursed me for the tow. I tried calling the 1.800.333.4KIA number and got no where. Sad day. Any ideas on what I should pick?
 
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