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Kia Sorento, Transmission
#102 of 111 Re: Similar, but different! [carsforcarolyn]
Aug 07, 2012 (9:42 am)
I had an earlier post on this forum regarding my 2011 Kia Sorento SX transmission problem. My transmission had been slipping into neutral from reverse and also shifting hard into reverse. When I did put it into drive, it seemed to be in 3rd gear at take-off. The dealership (Classic Kia in Texarkana, Texas) had updated my software after the first dealership visit but ten days later it happened again. Nothing was done on the second visit because it would not act up for them over the four days they had it. After the episodes became more frequent, we arranged to put it into the shop a third time. Classic Kia had been super great about the whole thing. After consulting with Kia Tech and detailing our problem they have replaced the transmission range switch. It is too early to tell if this fixed the problem, but I will post later if it did indeed solve my transmission issue.
#103 of 111 Re: Similar, but different! [bent4]
Aug 07, 2012 (8:52 pm)
Hi bent4, I have 33k miles and the vehicle will not go into reverse or park, only neutral and drive. The key cannot be removed with the car in neutral so I carry a wrench set with me to disconnect the battery and then manually lock the car with a second set of keys. This started today without warning and the ESC & DBC lights are on. The ESC & DBC lights go off when I restart the car but come on when I try to put it in park.
I go back to the dreaded dealer tomorrow.
#104 of 111 Re: Similar, but different! [bobster8]
Aug 21, 2012 (2:22 pm)
It appears that replacing the transmission range switch has fixed my transmission problems of slipping into neutral, thudding into reverse, and sluggishly taking off in drive. I have had exactly two problem free weeks and it was happening every few days before they replaced the switch. I credit Classic Kia in Texarkana, Texas for having the patience to figure it out. Hopefully, replacing the same switch will fix everyone else's transmission problem. Kia should probably issue a new tsb about this problem and offer a transmission range switch replacement.
#106 of 111 Re: Similar, but different! [bobster8]
Aug 31, 2012 (6:10 pm)
Hey bolster, had the exact same problem. Couldn't get out of park from a cold star occasionally, and couldn't get back into park ( couldn't get into reverse first) after driving, and when I tried to get into park the downhill and esc brake lights came on. Took it to the dealer, they knew exactly what it was - brake switch. Warranty covered it, but for those out of warranty the switch was $18.79.
Hope that helps, the dealer was awesome. My only question is if they knew it was a problem why no recall???
#107 of 111 Re: 2011 Kia Sorento- transmission problem [mds47]
Sep 11, 2012 (2:01 am)
I did have the same problem once with my kia sorento 2010. When I put my foot on the breaks, started the car, shifted the gear to drive, it went forward straight away with my foot still on the break. I was lucky nobody's in front of the car. Do you have an advise from Kia in regards to this issue.
#108 of 111 Auto Transmission will not engage
Dec 10, 2012 (6:57 am)
I have an '06 Sorento with over 100,000 miles. A few months ago a transmission line broke while my daughter was driving and all the fluid pumped out. Luck was that she was in town and not going but about 35 mph. When the car started acting odd she pulled over and cut it off, called me, I checked it out and found the fluid puddle, called the service company and they towed it in. For a while it did good then got to the place that when you put it in Drive it would hesitate about 3 or 4 seconds then go into gear. We took it back and had a full $150 transmission service done and now it hesitates for 5 to 10 seconds before it engages. This is my wife's car and this is dangerous. I've contacted the service company and they are looking for a TSB on this model to see if the tranny has been tagged or recalled.
Has anyone had this problem and if so how was it correctedd?
#109 of 111 2012 Sorento Transmission Problem
Jan 01, 2013 (3:12 pm)
The transmission on my 2012 is a piece of crap. They replaced the tranny one time already and now it is doing the same thing again. The first shift in the morning jerks. This time Hanson motors in Olympia, WA claims it isn't doing anything out of the normal. Bullcrap, I knew what it was doing the first time and I know it is doing it again. They are lying to avoid having to invest any more money in it! In it's normal driving position the tranny is a deathtrap waiting to happen. When you accelerate from a stop too fast the power to the wheels cuts out. It's an AWD so that is the power to all wheels. The engine just seems to go dead! If traffic is coming at you fast the car renders you at the mercy of their brakes! I guess they want me to just drive it till it goes out, or kills me! But I am not going to do that willingly. I am going to the Attorney General in my state. I'll keep you posted.
#110 of 111 Re: 2011 Kia [crissyg]
Jan 07, 2013 (5:44 pm)
I own a 2012 4 cylinder Kia Sorento. I bought it new in Nov 2011 (bought New in order to avoid car repair issues..that's a joke at this point)....had it about 8 months and was driving up a hill in Morgantown with traffic behind me and it just stopped....had to let traffic around me and then let off brake to coast back down hill until I got to a place I could pull in. Had went there to visit my son but didn't even get to visit with him because I had to drive 2 1/2 hours to get back home and was afraid I'd brake down on the way...so I left almost as soon as I got there and prayed all the way home. Took it to local dealership...TRANSMISSION ISSUES-HAD TO GET NEW ONE...they kept it over a week (dealership did give me a rental on the 2nd day)....less than 2 weeks later my husband went back to Morgantown and again same type of problems and surprise I'm in need of ANOTHER TRANSMISSION....it's been at dealership 1/2 a week and not sure when I'll get it back. What came of the issues with your Kia? Did you find out any more details to Lemon Laws in WV? Any assistance/advice you can provide would be wonderful! Thanks!
#111 of 111 Re: 2011 Kia [jph291]
May 15, 2013 (5:22 pm)
Just bought a new 2014 Kia Sorento about 3 weeks ago and began having problems on the first week of having it. Feels like what jph291 is describing, riding along about 35-40mph, the engine feels sluggish, and WAMM!! When the transmission shifts, it feels like you've been hit from behind. Once it does this, the whole vehicle continues to "shudder" until you restart it.
The problem doesn't happen every time we drive, but it happens frequent enough.
The local Kia service department have been a blessing to deal with, doing all they can. Thus far, they have reset the "adaptive shifting" software in the computer, but nothing else. So far, they've had to reset it three(3) times already.
Had about a week of no problems and it started again today. Taking the vehicle in the morning back to the dealership/service, letting them take a look & do what they want, then I'm leaving with a different vehicle.
Is anyone else experiencing this problem?