About Kia Rondo
Kia Rondo, also known as Kia Carens, is a mid-size Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) manufactured by the South Korean automaker Kia Motors since 1999. Kia Rondo is just one of the various nameplates of Kia Carens. The first Kia Rondo was introduced in May 1999 as RS series 5-door SUV. Kia Rondo's name derives from the musical term Rondo. Until now, it has been produced through three generations.
The second generation Kia Rondo (UN; 2006-2013) was introduced at 2007 Los Angeles International Auto Show. Then in early 2007, it began sales in the United States as a 2007 model. As a 5-passenger or 7-passenger vehicle, Kia Rondo was powered by 2.0 L, 2.4 L inline 4-cylinder engines as well as a 2.7 L V6 engine. All engines were fitted along with 5-speed and 6-speed manual transmissions as well as 4-speed and 5-speed automatic transmissions. The at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, the third generation Kia Rondo (RP; 2013-present) debuted. Now, it is only equipped with a 2.0 L 164 hp inline 4-cylinder gasoline engine and this engine is attached to either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission. All V6 engine options were given up.
Kia Rondo Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
As time passes by, auto parts in Kia Rondo have the tendency to wear and tear due to long-time exposure to using. And once wearing process begins, problems would also come for it:
First, engine blown and misfiring. Kia Rondo drivers have told that after the vehicle reached at a certain mileage, engine issues start to appear. For example, it will create whining or metallic noises, experience reduced performance such as loss of power when accelerating, and suffer from hard starting, misfiring and stalling. Engine overheating, vibration and misaligned timing marks as well as a separated harmonic balancer also happen frequently. If similar symptoms appear, please check the fuel filter, crankshaft pulley, air filter, oil filter, ignition switch, timing chain and drive belt just in case.
Second, suspension and braking system failures. As no matter suspension or braking system, they all have a compact on your driving safety, you should pay more attention to these systems in your Kia Rondo. According to Kia Rondo owners, suspension system failure often is caused by the broken coil springs, which presents as vehicle tilting to one side or bouncing and bottoming out while driving. As for braking failure, you can try checking the brake pad set in your Kia Rondo. If your vehicle shows as noisy brakes and vibrating brake pedals, at the same time, you can find the brakes respond poorly, it is high time to get the brake pad set replaced.
While other than above auto parts, some other parts in Kia Rondo you need also keep a close eye on. First of all, wiper arm as the essential part of wiper blade, it supports the wiper blade to swing back and forth to clean off debris on the windscreen. Thus, drivers' vision won't get blocked and no accident would happen due to poor driving visibility. Second, cabin air filter is easy to get clogged or dirty. As cabin air filter is responsible for trapping pollen, dust, and any other foreign particles and preventing them from entering ventilation and A/C system, so it is easy to fail due to trapping too much contaminations. So you should put both of them on your routine maintenance.
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