About Kia Sephia
Kia Sephia is a compact vehicle manufactured by South Korean automaker Kia Motors from 1992 to 2003. The first Kia Sephia was introduced in September 1992 as Kia Mentor in some markets, and as the Timor S515/S516 in Indonesia. As the second generation Kia Sephia was called Kia Spectra in North American market, so in fact, Kia Sephia had only been available through one generation at there.
The first generation Kia Sephia (1992-1997) though was introduced in September 1992 to replace the Kia Concord; it did not begin sales in United States in 1993 for the 1994 model year. As a 4-door sedan, Kia Sephia was offered in RS, LS trim levels and as a 5-door hatchback, it was available in GLX trim level. Kia Sephia then was powered by 1.5 L B5-ME. 1.6 L and 1.8 L BP inline 4-cylinder gasoline engines and all these engines were fitted along with a 4-speed F4A-EL automatic transmission and a 5-speed manual transmission. Then the second generation Kia Sephia (1997-2003) was replaced by the Kia Spectra in South Korea in 2000 and in North America in 1997 for the 1998 model year. During these years, Kia Sephia got power from a 1.5 L and 1.8 L inline 4-cylinder gasoline engine attached to transmission carried from previous generation.
Kia Sephia Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
Though we cannot prevent the wearing process happens to Kia Sephia, however, we can try making this process slow down. It means we should diagnose and solve problems on it as early and soon as possible:
First, Check Engine Light is on. On car repair statistics site CarComplaints.com, many Kia Sephia owners complained that the Check Engine Light would come on from time to time. What's more, poor fuel economy, running rough engine and engine stalls or fails to start would also happen frequently. If your Kia Sephia's Check Engine Light gets activated as well, you can try checking if the fuel tank is failing.
Second, braking and transmission system failures. Braking failure in Kia Sephia is often caused by a faulty braking proportioning valve. Specific symptoms include the rear brakes are locked up, especially on wet surfaces. As for transmission failure, it often shows as the indicator show inaccurate gears and the vehicle cannot be turned off. What's more, the vehicle starts in another gear besides park or neutral or not goes into any gear at all. Once you have also encountered similar situation, Sephia shift cable should get inspected thoroughly.
In fact, there are many auto parts in Kia Sephia deserve your regular maintenance. For example, if you have not maintained the dimmer switch well, there would be problems switching between high and low beam, headlights stuck on one setting or do not function at all. If there is paint flaking from the wiper arm, there is streaking on the windshield, or the wiper blade chatters, does not contact the windshield or does not move when activated, you need to check the wiper arm. But if washer fluid does not spray evenly or not spray at all, washer pump is your concern. For D.I.Y fans, you need take more care of hood latch. And for those drivers who want to enjoy a comfortable and safe driving journey, proper operation of rear cross-member and antenna is essential.
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