really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
86,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most common solutions:

  1. new radiator (1 reports)
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problem #1

May 102021

Sportage EX 2.4L I4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,000 miles

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radiator not flowing - bottom of radiator pushed out

My Sportage began to leak radiator fluid underneath the car, destroying the under engine cover. My first thought was a bad thermostat, so I took it off and tested it in a pot of water, finding that it was good. I began to put everything back together, breaking the thermostat cover guessing the break derived from extreme temperature due to it being plastic.

I ordered one from my local dealership, it took two weeks to get it. After getting it back together, I started my Kia, revved the engine, seeing the antifreeze bubbling extreme in the fill reservoir. I then noticed the radiator was leaking and saw that the bottom of the radiator was bowed, not straight. I did not remember if it was straight when I bought it new, so I researched it and found it should be straight.

- Jesse T., West Bend, WI, US