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My car is a Kia Carens 2L Le Crdi. I have a clicking sound when driving and braking but not all of the time. The car has been into the garage but they are unable to find out what it is. I`ve been told to check the strut nose on the driver`s side. It sounds as if it`s coming from the door area. Any help would be appreciated. Any ideas please?
Submitted: 03/05/2013 16:01:18 | ID: 19256
I have a 2007 Kia Carens 2.0 crdi. When driving along the motorway for a while all`s going great but then the engine gets louder for a short time, whether speeding up or slowing down and then returns to normal. There are no lights or gauges on when this noise occurs. Please can anybody help?
Submitted: 23/04/2013 10:52:14 | ID: 19090
My Kia Carens has a problem with it`s central locking, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn`t. When I`m driving you can hear the clicking noise from the doors but I haven`t pressed the button on the key. I got the battery changed but it`s still the same. Does anybody have any ideas?
Submitted: 15/04/2013 15:24:49 | ID: 18983
Penny was good enough to answer my problem with the weak air blowers on my Kia Carens, but could someone tell me whereabouts I find the filters and how to change them? I am a real novice at working on cars but with costs nowadays I would rather try and attempt it then just put it in a garage.
Submitted: 08/01/2013 12:11:14 | ID: 17114
My 04 Kia Carens` front wipers have stopped working. I suspected a relay, but on looking inside the relay box under the bonnet nothing seems labeled as front wipers? Any ideas please guys? (Crdi)
Submitted: 31/12/2012 15:21:54 | ID: 16712
Our 56 plate 2L diesel Kia Carens does not appear to like city driving, stop, start, first gear and second gear. The clutch appears to stop working eventually and seems to be stuck in the depressed position. There is no clutch slip, over revving or excess travel on the pedal. Hubby found the clutch pedal to be partially depressed after being parked up for a while so he pulled it back to it``s normal position and it seems okay now. I never have a problem with normal driving. Has anyone else had this problem and any ideas as to a solution please?
Submitted: 17/12/2012 10:41:48 | ID: 16480
Although the blowers on my Kia Carens do work they are very weak. You can hear the fan increase in speed okay and sound quite strong but the amount of air actually coming out has got weaker over the last couple of years. Any idea what needs doing?
There are filters in the air vents, we replaced ours because of the same problem and the blowers are fine now - Penny Pooch from Derbyshire
Submitted: 03/12/2012 14:55:34 | ID: 16033
Our Kia Carens has only done 46,000 miles, yet I am told that it needs a full service as for 60,000 miles. First off, I am being asked to pay £660 - is that reasonable? Also, do I need to have the timing belt replaced? If I don’t, what are the consequences if there are any problems? (2L diesel)
I have a full service every time I have my MOT done. It costs me a little over 200 quid. It depends on where you go. I live in Nottingham and go to an independent garage. Sounds like you are going to a main KIA dealer - am I right? My advice is to shop around... Simon Frost from England
Submitted: 26/11/2012 11:22:45 | ID: 15730
Will I have to have the waterpump on my Kia Carens replaced at the time the timing belt is changed and where is a good place to order a complete kit for the job? I have a mechanic to do the job.
Submitted: 26/11/2012 10:30:08 | ID: 15717
My Kia Carens` engine has a particular humming sound at high RPM when driving in D or when in N at close to 3000RPM. It is a new vehicle and the dealer has changed the AC compressor, belt tensioner and idler pulley close to the alternator, but the sound is still there. Please can anyone advise?
Submitted: 15/10/2012 11:56:33 | ID: 14411
What is the initial timing on the Kia Carens? How do I set the marker on the crank? I think I have the cams but what is the recommended position for the crank - Is it the two marks on the crank pulley line up with the marks on the belt shield? (10-T)
Submitted: 03/09/2012 16:51:02 | ID: 13176
How do we remove the panel above the radio on a 2009 Kia Carens?
Submitted: 03/09/2012 14:32:19 | ID: 13141
Why does my Kia Carens` windscreen wipe wash not spray when the pump is still working and the bottle is full?
Hi Ian, I had a similar problem and it was the filter in the bottom of the reservoir. Can be fiddly. I found removing drivers side wheel and loosening the screw clips that secure the plastic casings gave me better access to pump. Lift top clip and pump should pull clear (mind you don’t get soaked). I did this 3 times and it still clogged up (only started after began using screen wash) so last time I took the filter out (small disk) and it has worked perfectly well since. Hope this helps - Tony Carey from Lincolnshire
Submitted: 28/08/2012 15:12:48 | ID: 12865
Just bought a 2-litre S Kia Carens manual petrol with 18000 mileage. Am only getting 23 miles to gallon and it sounds like its over revving when I’m driving even when in 5th gear. Tacho shows just over 4 when doing 70 mph which seems a bit high. Recommended mpg is 34. Any ideas what may be cause? Never had this problem with my 2004 Kia Carens, mpg were lot better.
Submitted: 14/08/2012 16:37:26 | ID: 12396
My Caren’s gearbox will not go into second when moving. It will select first and second when stationary but when slowing down at a junction will not go into second. Occasionally will go in second when stopped but reluctant to go into first unless I go into reverse and back again. Can anyone help or advise?
Hi Tony. Not sure if you managed to sort your gearbox problem, I have similar issue, won’t go into second from third, ok when going up but not when coming down, I had the gearbox refurbished about 18 months ago, and replaced clutch, not sure if you have any answers yet - John Leivers from Nottinghamshire
Submitted: 08/08/2012 09:03:23 | ID: 12293
Can anyone give me instructions on how to do the timing belt on the Kia Carens or where to find the said instructions? It currently has 153,000 Kms on the clock and the belt is due at 160,000 Kms. Access is a bit restricted but it should be do-able. I am just looking to avoid any unforeseen problems. Thanks. (2.0 CRDI)
Submitted: 31/07/2012 11:24:19 | ID: 12206
What is the Kia Carens` pump connected to the back of the alternator?
Submitted: 12/07/2012 14:07:22 | ID: 11793
Does anyone know the easiest way to change the oil and air filters on a Kia Carens? It would be appreciated if anyone has any info. Many thanks.
The air filter is easy to change, just unclip the 4 clips, take out the old and replace with new. It`s the big black box behind the battery. The oil filter is a little bit tricky, it`s at the back of the engine under the brake master cylinder so room is tight. I presume it`s a diesel as I did mine 3 weeks ago. First remove 4 nuts holding the inter cooler in place, undo the small breather hoses, they just pull off, then the large black hose on the bottom of inter coolers Julie clip and just move it to the right. Then remove the 4 bolts on the plastic engine cover and lift off. Now remove the 3 bolts that hold the expansion bottle on. There is a pipe under the expansion bottle, undo the nut that holds it in place just so you can move that pipe a bit when pulling out the filter. To the left of the master cylinder there is a wire earth, just undo that to give more room. Now you should have room to get your hand in and unscrew the oil filter, it should only be hand tight, if not then you need a filter strap remover to untighten it. Place a drip pan under it`s location under the car as it will spill out, Then it`s a matter of working the filter up and out. When putting a new oil filter in smear some new oil on the rubber seal. Then it`s the reversal of how you got it off and put everything back the way you undid it. Hope this helps, good luck. Richard Whelan from Ireland
Easier way: drive onto ramps. Lie underneath and locate where filter is and wriggle left arm up until you can get hold of it then turn, wearing a latex glove helps grip. Think carefully about which way you turn especially if you have trouble seeing things in reverse. You can then wiggle it down and wiggle the new one up. By the way I’m 18 stones and have quite thick arms but managed it OK. To avoid any drips I just turned the engine over a couple of times after draining the oil and it cleared excess oil out of filter (purists might respond with a sharp intake of breath!) Dave Senior from Cumberland
Submitted: 05/07/2012 11:08:40 | ID: 11606
Hi. I have an 05 Kia Carens diesel. It drives great, but when in low revs in second and third gear there is a lot of vibration through the body, until the revs get higher and it then disappears. Can anyone help please? (diesel)
Check the engine supports... Jerome Madriaga from Philippines
Possible that it may be the duel mass flywheel - Matt Bonnar from England
Sounds like the notorious flywheel is giving up the ghost. You will know for sure as it will only get worse untill it can’t be driven. Just had mine done at 40,000 miles - Stuart Chinery from England
Submitted: 07/06/2012 16:03:31 | ID: 11021
My Kia Carens` blowers only work on the No 4 setting. Nothing happens on settings 1 - 3. Could this be a fuse?
It’s a resistor fault . You will find it in passenger foot well screwed in the side of the fan blower - Matt Bonnar from England
Submitted: 07/06/2012 14:29:44 | ID: 10994
Can anyone supply instructions on how to remove the radio on my Kia Carens please? (Carens 3 diesel 2 litre auto)
Remove the silver triangular plate containing the heater and air conditioning controls by prising them up carefully with a broad bladed driver. Remove the top multi plug to the emergency flashers. Remove the 4 screws round the radio. Remove the arial and radio multi plug. The radio is out. It sounds scary but it`s as simple as that - Rod Staples from Lancashire
Submitted: 11/05/2012 10:35:36 | ID: 10439
Hi. We have just had our 56 plate Kia Carens serviced and the garage couldn’t manage to get to the oil filter to change it. They could see it but said that there was no way to get any purchase on it as the gap is too small. They did suggest that the engine had to come out but I can’t see that. Any information on how it is done? Thank you. (Diesel)
Filter strap and 12 inch extension on ratchet to slack filter then remove upwards bit awkward but o/k - Tony Williams from Cheshire
Just answered same question for John Leviers , Nottinghamshire question - Richard Whelan from Ireland
... I’ve just answered it too - easy way lying on your back! David Senior from Cumberland
Submitted: 23/04/2012 11:08:15 | ID: 10005
My Kia Carens` heated rear screen is working but the indicator light on the dashboard is not coming on. Any thoughts?
It’s the bulb in the switch - Matt Bonnar from England
Submitted: 13/04/2012 12:06:10 | ID: 9784
Hi. I have a problem with my Kia Carens 2004. Every day when the radiator is full of water the following day the level is low by about half a litre. I cannot see a leak when I stop the engine, but the water in the reserve coolant is not coming back to the radiator even in very hot temperatures. I have replaced the radiator cup but there is still a problem. Any ideas? (1800 cc)
Submitted: 27/03/2012 12:28:36 | ID: 9356
I am having a problem putting my Kia Carens into 4th gear. Can anyone advise please?
This is a common problem and can happen anytime. The selector plate gets an edge (or bear) at a certain RPM, the gear seems to engage fine, but others it grinds. You can either strip down the gearbox or like me leave it and let itself bed in (mine started two years ago). Hope this helps - Andy Gardiner from Lancashire
Submitted: 19/03/2012 12:17:08 | ID: 9157
The rear-offside passenger seatbelt is sticking on my Kia Carens. How can I gain access to fix it?
Submitted: 30/01/2012 08:44:07 | ID: 7714
Can you fit three car seats in the second row of a 2008 Kia Carens? We’ve got a Recaro Monza (no isofix) and a Brittax again no iso-fix. Also have a problem getting car into first gear. Very sticky, but nothing came up in the service and MOT (last week). Any answers would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
We can in ours. 3 in middle and 2 in back - Maria from England
Submitted: 03/01/2012 19:55:09 | ID: 7056
Hi. I hope someone can help. I am considering buying a 2006 Kia Carens 2.0 CRDi LE with about 53,000 miles on the clock. I know that the 2003 Carens has a timing belt. Does the 2006 model also have a belt or a chain? Many thanks. (2.0CRDi LE)
Submitted: 30/12/2011 16:54:34 | ID: 6958
Has anyone had problems with a faulty windscreen washer pump on a Kia Carens? As this will be the fourth one I have had to replace...
I bet there`s nothing wrong with the pump. There is a filter on the pump which blocks easily, I cured mine by taking the filter off and had no problems since - John Winnard from Lancashire
Submitted: 03/11/2011 09:27:32 | ID: 5375
Does anyone have a problem when changing the oil filter on a Kia Carens? I’ve just changed mine with little effort, removing only one clip and, in less than half an hour, job done. If you want to know how e mail me at lyndadavid2010[at]hotmail[dot]com I will give you the answer for free!
How do I change the oil filter on my 2005 Kia Carens crdi 2.0 diesel? - David Bold from Spain
Submitted: 27/10/2011 14:46:50 | ID: 5327
Does anyone know how hard it is to change the sync mesh on a Kia Carens?
Submitted: 18/10/2011 09:35:45 | ID: 4870
How do you change the front brake pads?
Submitted: 10/10/2011 11:40:58 | ID: 4712
The car judders at low speeds. I have changed the air flow meter as suggested but is only okay at faster speeds. Why?
Submitted: 07/10/2011 10:01:59 | ID: 4660
My car sometimes starts great, sometimes it starts but with low revs and black smoke and a buzzing noise. Been into Kia garage and had diagnostic done which came back with no fault. Help please!
You may the fuel filter checked and replaced if necessary. May be already dirty with precipitates - Reynaldo Tumbaga from Philippines
Submitted: 07/10/2011 08:51:17 | ID: 4625
My Carens stops automatically when I am driving. Any idea why?
If you mean engine stops, I experienced ours caused by dirty fuel filter. Root cause is frequent emptying of fuel tank prompting precipitates sucked from tank to fuelfilter. We changed the filter then refilling once tank is already at minimum, but should be before fuel indicator blink - Reynaldo Tumbaga from Philippines
Submitted: 22/07/2011 08:57:43 | ID: 3781
Can I legally tow my caravan bailey pegasus 534 2010 model? (2L cdri ls 7 seats)
Submitted: 04/07/2011 10:25:41 | ID: 2532
Hi experts, please kindly advice me. I bought a Kia Carens 2005 1.8 L/S A/T an import in December 2009 and ever since I have experienced difficulty with the car not speeding or moving nicely. As it was my 1st time to drive an automatic, I didn’t bother much. Now lately, it totally refused to move any further and according to the mechanic servicing the car, there is a leakage from the gearbox or rather the gearbox oil is pressing out of the ’dip stict’. What do you think can be the cause of the problem? Will a rebuilding of the gearbox be a good idea? You are highly appreciated thanks in advance. (1.8 L/S A/T)
Submitted: 07/04/2011 08:39:22 | ID: 2361
Does my 2003 Carens have a timing chain or a belt?
It’s a belt and needs changing every 60,000 miles - John Cowley from England
Submitted: 08/02/2011 15:06:28 | ID: 2584
Recently purchased year old Carens diesel and have been aware of fume smell and taste on my lips when driving. Have had it checked at Kia dealership who could not locate problem. I am still very aware of smell even on short journey. Any suggestions what it might be? Previously owned petrol Sportage for 3 YRS WITH NO PROBLEMS.
Submitted: 12/01/2011 08:42:25 | ID: 2374
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