KIA Motors - 2012 KIA RIO LX
Throttle body Control
HOUSTON, TEXAS -- I purchased a 2012 Kia Rio Lx in October 2011. I left the dealership and went to an alarm system facility because the car didn't have even a basic anti-theft alarm system. I drove this car with absolutely no problems for over 3 months, even on a long distance trip. However, about two weeks after I went to the dealership for the first oil change ( only because it was free ) , a problem occurred as I was making a right turn onto a street. The car hesitated, seemed to stall, and the engine malfunction came on. I pulled over to the curb, turned the engine off, then on, and the car drove again but the engine malfunction light was still on. I went to the dealership, they said it was the throttle body control, ordered a replacement, and I had to go back for them to install it. However, the car continued to have the problem, so I went back to the dealership. They kept the car five days, then said the aftermarket
alarm was the problem, charged me to remove the alarm and rewire the car.
I didn't even make it home from the dealership and the problem occurred again. I went back, the cause of the problem then became the wiring harness which they said was damaged by the alarm system installer and would cost me $1877.00 to repair. If it was the alarm system causing the problem, why did it take over three months before the stalling problem occurred ? I contacted Kia Headquarters by sending them all the invoices from the dealership, the alarm system company, and the AutoZone diagnostic I got in one visit that dealership couldn't seem to do in several. No response whatsoever so far !!! The dealership is full of bull and apparently so is the headquarters way of handling customer concerns. I will take this car to a competent certified mechanic (not KIA ) and hope the car can be repaired properly since I'm stuck with it for now.
What I don't understand is, if the alarm system caused the problem of the car stalling/hesitating every now and then when I try to make a right turn, why did it take over three months after installation for the problem to occur ? And since they removed the alarm and supposedly rewired the car, why is the problem still occurring ? And, the funny thing is, an AutoZone employee was able to diagnose the possible causes
in one visit ; 1. ETS Relay 2. poor electrical or loose wiring 3.
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