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  • Katt
    Katt - 2002 Kia Sedona - Steering & Suspension - 4/16/2014
    How to diagnose steering problems
    It is very hard to turn my steering wheel. I have checked fluids and belts and they seem fine. I'm not hearing and noises from pump. also when driving I am hearing a thumping noise which seems to be coming from front drivers side. started around the same time as ...
    • HouseCallAuto
      4/16/2014 HouseCallAuto
      Check for a restricted filter screen in the bottom of the reservoir. Or just buy a new reservoir from Kia and put it in and see. The thumping noise, don't know, have to hear it and feel it.
  • gil
    gil - 2011 Kia Optima - Steering & Suspension - 4/8/2014
    Grinding noise when turning left
    When driving along if I turn. Steering left
    • HouseCallAuto
      4/8/2014 HouseCallAuto
      This description is typical of a bad front wheel bearing, although kind of unusual for such a late model car but possible. Also possible is that the brake rotor is rubbing slightly on the metal splash shield.
  • kmac2
    kmac2 - 2006 Kia Sportage - Steering & Suspension - 12/15/2013
    My vehicle makes a groaning/creaking noise when turning left. It has been getting worse over the last 6-8 months
    It has about 128,000 miles. I took it in to have it looked at and they drove it around and heard the noise in the front end like I had. We parked and he got out and had me turn the wheel. He could not replicate the sound by pushing on the front end or by me turning ...
    • HouseCallAuto
      12/15/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Identify the part by listening and looking while another turns the wheel and / or jounces the suspension. I realize this does not always re-create the noise but you still have to try to get it to make noise so you don't have to replace everything. Look for any brown powder near any joint which would be an indicator of a worn metal on metal (or binding) and the result often sheds microscopic metal particles that appear as a brown rust spot adjacent to a ball joint for example. Compare all parts left and right and look for something different with one of the components. Try to at least come to an agreement while road testing and listening for the noise to determine the side that the noise comes from which will help narrow down the number of possible sources. The possible sources of the noise you detail would likely come from either the lower ball joint or either of the control arm attachment points (worn bushing or loose bolt) or from the stabilizer bar links which have 2 very small little ball joint ends that attach to the strut on one end and the lower control arm on the other end. They seem to be about 6 to 8 inches long and looks like a thin rod (about 1/4" thick) with ball stud fittings at both ends. Sometimes one end breaks and disconnects from the rod and bangs around in a turn. You can buy new links and install them, not a terrible job to do.
    • HouseCallAuto
      12/14/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Either one ball joint is dry / frozen or the stabilizer bar links are dry / frozen.
      12/15/2013 kmac2
      What's the fix for that?
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2005 Kia Sedona - Steering & Suspension - 12/3/2013
    Roaring noise & vibration in front drivers wheel or axle area
    Feels like a out of balance or belt bust in tire, replaced tires & hub bearing. Turn to the right it goes away, checked brakes/rotors,tierod end, axle not clicking either, put on jack stands under the control arm & then put in drive & no noise, axle boots still good ...
    • HouseCallAuto
      12/3/2013 HouseCallAuto
      You are describing the typical bad front wheel hub bearing. maybe the noise is the pass side and it just seems like driver side. There is nothing else in that area that makes the noise you detail besides a bad hub bearing. It is definitely NOT the axle, the strut does not make that noise and the most classic detail that describes a bad bearing is you saying that when you turn the wheel in one direction the noise stops. Check the bearings again or get an experienced mechanic to road test it.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2010 Kia Forte - Steering & Suspension - 11/18/2013
    Start up locker problem
    I can't start up the engine the message is manage the steering and the same time press the bottom to start. I replaced the start up locker from used cars twice its work for a while then shows same message.Do i need to replace this unit assy-pdm 1746061 s8u9604159 ...
    • HouseCallAuto
      11/18/2013 HouseCallAuto
      I don't know what a start up locker is, can you rewrite this and edit it?
      11/19/2013 AutoMD Member
      this is the switch on unit it has this serial number 81900-2M000 . i replaced it twice from used spare parts , its work and when i restart its show same message as above.
  • Lefabian & Katrina P
    Lefabian & Katrina P - 2005 Kia Sorento - Steering & Suspension - 11/15/2013
    My car squels soon as I crank engine what is the problem?
    It started last week sounds like it getting worst my belt has a couple of cracks in it could it be time to change or is it something else.
    • bear.1216
      11/15/2013 bear.1216
      Sounds like you need a new belt. If it is squeeling then it is stretched out and glazing over. Most belt makers say no more than six cracks per inch and no chunks missing. If it has any cracks and squeels you should just replace it.
  • Lefabian & Katrina P
    Lefabian & Katrina P - 2005 Kia Sorento - Steering & Suspension - 11/9/2013
    My car squels soon as I crank engine what is the problem?
    It started last week sounds like it getting worst my belt has a couple of cracks in it could it be time to change or is it something else.
  • Kevin
    Kevin - 2008 Kia Optima - Steering & Suspension - 11/5/2013
    What would cause excessive high pitch squeaking when driving in reverse?
    An excessive high pitch squeak occurs anytime I drive my car in reverse. It does not occur when it is in drive.
    • HouseCallAuto
      11/5/2013 HouseCallAuto
      The first thing that comes to my mind is brake pads are worn down on one wheel at least and the audible wear sensor is making noise. Have seen this more than a few times.
  • benouch1952
    benouch1952 - 2004 Kia Sorento - Steering & Suspension - 10/22/2013
    How much should i Pay to have High pressure Hose line for steering pump.Car is Kia 2004 ex Sorento
    Or give me the labor time required to do this. Also thinking of replacing return line at same time.
    • Jimm
      10/22/2013 Jimm
      Be sure to replace both the power steering pressure and return hoses at the same time due to mileage / wear and age considerations.
      Check the many on-line auto parts sources, such as;,,, and - to list only a few sources. For example, they (DiscountAutoParts) list the power steering pressure hose assembly from around $41.00 for your vehicle.
    • HouseCallAuto
      10/22/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Both hoses together 1.4 hours plus the parts.
  • patcobill
    patcobill - 2001 Kia Rio - Steering & Suspension - 8/31/2013
    My son had a kia rio and got a new car. We pulled it into the yard and it has sat for about 6 months.
    I went to move it and the pass side rear wheel is locked up and wont turn/
    • Jimm
      8/31/2013 Jimm
      Several possibilities; contaminated brake fluid (has water / moisture) in the brake system, corroded / seized / rusted brake caliper piston (replace the brake caliper), seized / corroded parking brake on the rear wheel.
  • cjlexner
    cjlexner - 2006 Kia Sedona - Steering & Suspension - 8/13/2013
    3" crack in control arm
    during oil change found 3-4" crack in rt front control arm. left front fine, no rust or other damage to piece yet dealer states no warranty and can't explain why it happened. had dealer do front end alignment after having new tires put on 5 months & 3000 miles ago & ...
    • HouseCallAuto
      8/13/2013 HouseCallAuto
      The control arm will only crack from an impact with something and I would never believe that the crack is there because of a defect. I guess they don't believe it either otherwise they would warranty it if within warranty guidelines.
  • tysonkeldie
    tysonkeldie - 2013 Kia Sorento - Steering & Suspension - 7/29/2013
    Steering Column-Squeaks when hitting bumps etc. and more confusing is that it happens more consistently at night.
    -the Clockspring has been replaced to try to resolve the issue. However, it was unsuccessful. It happens everyday on the way home from work at night or when it is raining. The dealer has not been able to reproduce the event...
    • frankiedonnn
      7/29/2013 frankiedonnn
      What about the steering-column height adjustment if it has one.Could it be a little loose ? I don't see how the night could possibly have anything to do with it , nor the rain . And it is a new car Maybe it is a temperature change causing contraction of the new material .
  • jimap
    jimap - 2011 Kia Sorento - Steering & Suspension - 7/14/2013
    Is there any difference in how my model drives vs a sx? this one seems rough over bumps and can hear road noise.
    2700 mile could it be a different suspension? tire tread?
    • Jimm
      7/14/2013 Jimm
      Sometimes the difference can be as simple as different tire pressures - check and adjust the tire pressures when the tires are cold - such as overnight. Naturally, a lower pressure (still within the recommended range) will result in a slightly softer ride.
      There are differences across tread designs as well as tire sidewall designs for the various tire manufacturers - some tires will ride different and create different road noises - depending on the driving conditions and road surfaces.
      For obvious reasons - experimenting with different tire pressures as a first step - is a lot less cost than changing tires.
  • TMac
    TMac - 2003 Kia Optima - Steering & Suspension - 3/14/2013
    What is cause of power steering groan?
    When I make slow speed turns, the power steering groans
    • Jimm
      3/14/2013 Jimm
      First step - check the power steering fluid level - refill the system reservoir to the correct amount. If the fluid level is OK, and you still have the sound - then check the; steering hoses for restriction / kinks / blockage. Also, check the steering pump and drive belt for any telltale signs of wear or slipping.
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