While the vehicle was coasting, the contact smelled burning wires. The contact stated that the driver was driving 20 mph when she attempted to slow down but the brakes failed. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the timing belt fractured and needed replacement. The cause of the fire was unknown. Both the contact and the driver successfully exited the vehicle and noticed that sparks and flames were seen under the hood. .
The dealer advised the contact to tow the vehicle to an auction. All electrical components was still working. The vehicle would not start. I found out the timing belt needed changing at 60K miles mine was lower. Smoke began to rise from the hood once the vehicle was stopped. Sad for veteran unable to make repairs due to disability.
The vehicle was towed to the dealer. A fatal accident could have occurred if I had been driving on the hwy. The mechanic wasn't able to determine a reason for the check engine light. The approximate failure mileage was 65,125. This is an obvious driving hazard, but I am told that this is a common issue due to the construction of the engine compartment in Kia vehicles rather than a precipitating mechanical failure causing it. Towed vehicle home to find engine locked up. While driving approximately 40 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning.
When the car is exposed to moisture, either from underneath by driving through a small puddle or from above in a rainstorm, the engine compartment gets wet and causes the serpentine belt to slip. The light went off after driving less than 5 miles. Again, towed to the nearest shop, the same ntb. The fire department was notified and extinguished the fire. June 2013 the check engine light started coming on when parked upward on an steep hill, esp when outside temp was very hot tx.
The contact had to maneuver the vehicle to the side of the road to a complete stop. The contact attempted to exit the vehicle, but was restrained by the seat belt and suffered neck and shoulder injuries. Never buy or recommend Kia to anyone. At the shop the car started but not long. The failure mileage is unknown. The vehicle coasted into an alley. This results in sudden loss of power steering and alternator failure, which can lead to the car's power cutting out in the middle of the road.
The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact also stated that the vehicle was inspected and tagged with license plates one hour before the incident. July 2013 mandatory car inspection. Maintenance done regular belts, tires, oil changes and battery replaced. No one had an explanation. The manufacturer was notified of the failure.
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