Kia Sedona

The Kia Sedona is a rebadged variant of the four-door minivan Kia Carnival. Manufactured from 1998 to 2006, the Sedona comes with a 3.5 L V6 engine and a 4-speed automatic transmission.

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What is the spark plug gap for a 2004 Kia Sedona?


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Where is the bank 2 on a 05 Kia Sedona?

which ever side cylinder one is on its the opposite

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How do you replace the alternator on 2002 Kia Sedona?

There is a metal pulley between the alternator and the crankshaft. Loosen the nut in the center of the pulley and adjust the tension with the bolt just under the pulley. This is best done from under the automobile.

But.... even though you you do all that, the alternator bolts have to be taken out which you cant cause of the frame of the mini-van you have to loosen the motor mounts and lift up the engine till the alternators bolts are clear from the frame and A/C lines

warning* oil pan is very delicate and you will have to push up the engine to its extremes

That is the wrong way.

The correct way (and this is straight from a KIA dealer tech)

First, set aside between 2 to 3 hours depending on your mechanical ability and tool selection.

1. Unhook the battery terminals.

2. Loosen the idler pulley, remove the belt.

3. Remove the top radiator support metal structure that the hood latch, the horn, etc are attached to.

4. Remove the cooling fan.

5. Loosen the radiator and condenser if a/c equipped.

6. Remove the O2 sensor.

7. You can finally get to the alternator and see that you'll have to slide it out from the front of the engine.

8. Now the bottom bolt is a little too long to remove but it will still allow you to remove the alternator with it out as far as it will go.

9. The alternator also has compressed retainers where the bolts go in to help it to stay in place. Using a small cold chisel or screw driver you can easily push them back in.

10. Remove the alternator, use a piece of cardboard so you don't brush against the radiator.

11. Reinstall new one as removed.

12. Follow mfgrs directions on alternator hookup so as not to void warranty. (you do NOT want to do this again if it fails).

I have personal installed 5 alternator using this method on my own 2002 Sedona. So spend the money and get a good one so you don't have to do it more than once.

Auto Parts and Repairs
Kia Sedona
Toyota Corolla

Can an automatic AE86 Corolla be changed to stick and if so how much would it cost to change it?

The conversion should be pretty simple if you are mechanically minded(even a little knowledge will do).Find a wrecker or look for an 86 that is being dismantled privately, take a camera and photograph such things as pedal positioning/mounting etc. Location of gearbox and mountings etc. Buy these parts and use your pics as reference or better yet go to Toyota and buy an ae86 repair and service manual.This reference will give you an even better understanding of how to fit thew parts for this application. Check out online auctions like EBAY for parts if you cant find what you are after.The best way to do anything is to do it yourself.If you can remove the parts yourself you'll have a better understanding of how to install them into your own car.Off the top of my head you will need:

  1. T50 gearbox and bellhousing
  2. Driveshaft from a manual version
  3. Clutch kit and flywheel
  4. Scatterplate
  5. Slave cylinder and possibly the speedo cable
  6. Clutch pedal
  7. Gearbox mounts. All these parts will bolt straight on.

Has this put you off, if not .

Kia Sedona

Where is the spare tire located on a 2006 Kia Sedona?

Its under the rear of the car (boot area) and is attached to the outside,under body of the car, it can be released by turning the large nut in the centre of the plastic rear floor panel, using the wheel brace, the nut may be covered with a filler piece, turning this nut will slowly lower the wheel ,you can then lift up the wheel and holding bracket , unhook it and let it drop to the ground, then slide off the wheel, a pretty awkward job, putting it back is even more so. ( just call the AA instead).


Car Electronics and Lights
Kia Sedona

How do you change the map light on a Kia Sedona?

The entire overhead console unit clips into a socket. The entire overhead console unit must be pulled down from the ceiling of the car. There is a single phillips-head screw towards the windshield that attaches the console to the ceiling. Once this screw is removed, use a small pry bar to pull down on the console on the opposite end. The console is held in with two or more metal clips that will disengage when you pull down with the pry bar. When I did this the other week, I was afraid I would break the console by pulling too hard, but it un-clipped an came right down. You will see the light bulbs clipped into the sockets. The sockets must be retracted from the console, then the light bulbs can be replaced. Do not squeeze the bulbs too forcefully, or they may shatter between your fingers!! Installation is the reverse of the above procedure.

Windshields and Wipers
Kia Sedona

What size is the windshield wiper blade for a 2006 Kia sedona?

The 2006 Kia Sedona takes 26" drivers and 18" passenger side wiper blades. See sources and related links below for more information. Since there are over 22 different wiper arm attachments, do not buy wipers just by length only. Be sure to lookup exact wiper blade part numbers by vehicle make, model and year for the brand wiper you decide to purchase. This ensures correct length AND correct attachment.

Car Batteries
Kia Sedona

Why does the Battery Light and the brake light go on at the same time on a 2003 Kia Sedona?

Weird electrical problems too

Ha! I just had this happen yesterday! Well, today my car died in traffic and wouldn't restart or even turn over. It's in the shop as I type, and they are telling me it's the alternator. I'm not sure I believe them. Why would that cause weird lights to come on? Other conditions: hot weather, A/C on. We also replaced the original mfr's battery about a month ago, and I now wonder if that was related to the alternator or whatever problem is causing current issues.

Well....... They are most likely correct on the alternator. I just placed my 4th alternator on my 02 Sedona.When they go and the battery is getting low. weird things happen with the electrical system. Also when the battery light comes on, it also has the brake light come on as well. I just finally went on line and purchased a go OEM alternator by USA Alternator and it finally fixed the problem.

Spark Plugs and Wires
Kia Sedona
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Prime Numbers

Changing the first three spark plugs on your 2002 Kia Sedona was a breeze but where are the other three?

On the other side of the motor close to the firewall, To get to these plugs you must remove the intake. If you plan on doing this your self Have a Plenum Gasket handy before you start. While you are at it i would also replace the back plug wires.

Transmission Fluid
Dodge Caravan
Kia Sedona

Where is the transmission filter located on 2003 Kia Sedona?

I recently had the tranny fluid replaced by my trusted mechanic. He told me there is a replaceable metal screen inside the transmission that would require the trans' to be physicaly removed to be replaced. It wasn't worth the money for me so I didn't have it replaced. RHB 051809As far as I know, the Kia Sedona does not have a changeable transmission fluid filter. (I could find nothing to indicate that it has one at all.) Service procedure for the 2002 does not call for a filter to be replaced. I imagine it's the same for the 2003.

That is correct! It does not have a filter!!!

The Kia sedona Does in fact have a transmission fluid filter. As i have one. it is hard to find as we are still looking for mine. but they wouldn't not have sold me one and the fluid together if there was not one that was to be changed. ours is a twist on. it looks like an oil filter...

Yes, the Kia sedona 2002 to 2003 do have 2 filters. One on the outside on top of the engine underneath the cover to the right. And one inside that one does not need to be changed. 2004 and up do not have 2 filters just one insde.

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Check Engine Light
Kia Sedona

What would cause the emissions light to be on in a Kia Sedona?

I have a 2003 Kia Sedona. The light was on, but my code reader would not read the code. So, I brought the car to the dealer who found the gas cap was loose (actually the retaining strap had caught under the cap). I would like to know why my code reader that I bought from Harbor Freight could not read the code (it said error). The reader works fine on America cars and Hyundai's. You bought A CODE READER!!!!! Not a scantool/it's like night and day. If it is a Vehicle manufacturer specific code it will not show on a aftermarket code reader unless you buy the good stuff!

Water Pumps
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Kia Sedona

Where is the water pump located on a Kia Sedona?

the water pump runs off the timing belt and faces the right side of car and is behinde the black plastic covers.

Car Fuses and Wiring
Windshields and Wipers
Kia Sedona

Where is the fuse for the windshield washer on a Kia Sedona 2008 model?

right hand side of the engine is black fuse box next to battery

open the lid via the two clips

under side is a map for the fuse block

this tells you the fuse location

in my case it is number 1

there are 5 replacement fuse's also if they already haven't be used


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DIY Projects

How do you change the headlamp on the 2005 Kia Sedona?

Hope this helps...if its the same lamp assembly as my 2004, which I think it is, it has a 1/4 turn to the left cover that opens to the bulb socket wires and bulb. need to unplug the socket assembly , gently rocking and pull gently backwards, (It is a very tight fit to get your hand in, but can be done), there is a wire retainer need to depress this wire to let it open, shows in my manual as the bend in the wire over the bulb base, it sorta unsnaps... then the bulb is free to remove, goes back in in reverse, but since it a Halogen bulb, try not to touch it with bare hands, the oils in your skin, make them burn out in about 2 months use... Best of Luck... Gary in L.A. One more thing, When installlin the new bulb, in addtion to not touching the glass portion, make sure the small metal tab on the bulb faces up, makes it easier to reattach the holding retainer - I removed the Coolant reservior to for easier access (Its only two 10mm bolts) There is a full description of changing a bulb on a 2004 Sedona in another wiki answer. It is a great step by step approach that I used.

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How do you change the alternater on a 2002 Kia Sedona?

Changing the alternator on a Kia Sedona

Disconnect the battery and wait for at least 30 minutes for the airbag system to go offline. (I actually think it takes less time, but better safe than sorry).

Simpler, less costly method than the original below:
1. Disconnect the battery.
2. Do not mess with the A/C connections this method has enough flexibility to maneuver the alternator without disturbing the connections too much.
3. Remove air intake housing, air hose, air filter housing, battery, and battery carrier. 4. Disconnect upper coolant hose bracket from the engine and it push up on top of the engine.
5. No need to disconnect the the A/C coolant lines. Just remove the brackets that mount them to the car body opposite the alternator. This will give you flexibility to move the radiator and mounting bolts.
6. Remove each of the fan housings; it is a tight fit to get them out. This should give you sufficient space to work on the alternator itself and remove it.
7. loosen the tension pulley, the one toward the firewall, no need to remove it but no big deal. Then loosen the bolt below it to help put the belt back on later.
8. Remove the alternator, disconnect the electrical and remove the mounting bracket that mounts to the engine. The long bolt on the bottom does not come all the way out but you can still remove the alternator with it wedged in the hole. Remember to put this one in first when you reinstall the new on;
9. Work the alternator carefully around the front of the engine and remove from the right side.
10. Installation is the reverse of these instructions.
Should take about 3-4 hours depending on how difficult it is to remove the fans (Recommend a nut driver with a flexible extension, especially for the bottom left bolt).

Disconnect the sensor and horns.

Remove the front, top support (the one above the radiator).

Remove the air conditioning system components in front of the radiator and alternator and cap them.

Drain the cooling system and remove the radiator.

Remove the alternator.

Reassemble with new alternator. (Add compressor oil to AC system and use new seals. Refill cooling system.)

Have AC system evacuated and recharged by a service professional.

(Optional but recommended) Drive to the nearest auto lot and trade the Sedona in for something not made by Kia or Hyundai... {;o)


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Where is the radiator drain plug on a 2002 Kia Sedona?

It took me an hour to find it on my 2003 Sedona. Let's assume your '02 is similar. After putting the van up on ramps I removed the bottom mud flap. It's rubber and is held in place with six 10 mm bolts. There is also an angle bracket attached to this flap in the center that latches to an overhead support, but there are no bolts on this bracket. The drain plug is on the right (passenger) side, pointing aft, and can be unscrewed by extending your right hand up from the bottom center. It's black and plastic and is meant to be unscrewed by hand. Next time I change the coolant I may try to unscrew what I think is the engine block drain bolt (looked like a 12 mm one). It is clearly visible with flashlight looking up from the bottom of the van toward the right hand side. Hope this helps. Tom

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Headlights Tail and Brake Lights

How do you change the brake lights on a 2006 Kia Sedona?

you open the tail gate there is two screws carefully grab the tail light an work it out of the plastic clips holding it on once you take the tail light out it will eighter be the top one are the bottom one turn the plastic piece left take it out then what you want to do is push the light bulb in alittle then turn then the bulb will come out becare not to brake the clips cause then will more then likely be old an brittle

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How do you take out and replace an alternator on the 2003 Kia Sedona?

First, set aside between 5 and 7 hours depending on your mechanical ability and tool selection. Unhook the battery terminals. Loosen the idler, remove the belt. Remove the top radiator support plastic shroud and remove the metal structure underneath. Remove the cooling fan. Loosen the radiator and condenser if a/c equipped. Remove the O2 sensor. You can finally get to the alternator and see that you'll have to slide it out from the front of the engine. Remove the alternator, careful not drop it or brush against the radiator. Reinstall new one as removed. Follow mfgrs directions on alternator hookup so as not to void warranty. (you do NOT want to do this again if it fails) Roadtest the car and celebrate saving $300 in dealership labor costs.

And make sure your buy the right belt, due to smaller pully in alternator, you will need a different belt, which wasn't in stock in my local kragen, so I need to wait couple days, in my time only weekend available, that mean I have to wait another weekend. To remove the bolt for the alternator is very difficult and has to be very carefully not to scratch the body at the side, to install the original length bolt is even more difficult, so find something to cut the bolt about 1/2" will save you several hours to insert it.

Kia Sedona

Would you tell you where the fuse is for the radio?

There is a difficult-to-see panel on the inside of the vehicle near the floorboard on the driver's side. I think the one for the radio may also handle the power mirrors but I'm not sure.
Confirmed. On a 2001 Carnival LS, the fuse for the radio is the same one indicated for the power mirrors, and its the fuse for the console clock as well. There is also a fuse marked "Audio" in the engine compartment fuse box, but not sure what that is for.

Headlights Tail and Brake Lights
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Turn Signals and Hazard Lights

Why would the emergency brake light and audible signal come on during a hard right turn in a 2002 KIA Sedona?


Top up the master brake cylinder fluid. The catch is that when you top it up, it overflows because the small filter below drains slowly leading you to think it is full. Make sure you look for the "Full" mark on the side. I thought I had top it up and I hadn't, hence light kept coming back on and the warning kept driving me crazy.

== == == == == == == == Check your brake fluid level! On my 2003 Sedona the brake light only came on when I entered a hard "right" and would go off coming out of the turn. If the fluid level is low, a hard right turn will be enough to activate the sensor. Top off your fluid level according to specs, with clean DOT 3 or DOT 4, and it should stop. Ray First Method... Look under the dash on the emergency brake mechanism. There's a little white plastic button with a spring on it. When you activate your emergency brake the white button is pressed. That little white button is just too sensitive. A hard right turn will create enough gravity to depress the button causing the alert and dash light to activate. Disconnect it. The light won't ever come on again. I had the same problen with a 2003 Sedona. IMO...If my emergency brake is on I should know it. I don't need an indicator that the break is on. Second method.... Just wait awhile. If it's like everything else on the Sedona it will stop working all by itself soon enough. -Sean

Brake Pads and Rotors
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How do you remove the brake drums on a Kia Sportage?

after the tire is off remove the nuts around the middle of drum. remove the two phillip head screws and put them in the other two holes on the drum, tighten them both a little each at a time and watch the drum slowly slide off. when the screws go in as far as they can(be careful not to round the holes out), you can use a screw driver to finish prying off the drum, or you can slide hammer it off

Check Engine Light
Kia Sedona
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2003 KIA Sedona check engine light could not read code reader from Harbor Freight dealer said it was the gas cap was loose Why couldn't the code be read?

The code reader you used may not be advanced enough to read all codes or to pull stored codes. The CEL may light and then go off (even for problmes much more serious than a loose gas cap). Some codes are still stored. However, some are not. I do not think there is any rhyme or reason to this. Like most things on a Kia, the warning system is unreliable.


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Auto Insurance
Waste and Recycling

When should you use the over-drive on a 2005 Kia Sedona?

I would use the overdrive during normal driving. How ever if you need that little extra power then i would just turn it off. haveing the overdrive on all the time during normal driving " not pulling a boat or another car" should save you a little gas. just think of your overdrive as a half gear need more power go to the full gear

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Ford Expedition XLT
Honda Accord EX

What would cause the ac on a 2002 KIA Sedona to blow out white smoke and quit cooling then later start back cooling?

Is it possible that it was steam and not smoke? If the AC freezes up, it will stop cooling until it thaws. Then, it will being to operate again.

Headlights Tail and Brake Lights
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How do you replace the backup light on a 2002 Kia Sedona?

Remove the tail light assembly (as I recall, it attaches with a couple of screws and is clipped to the body). Remove the bulb holder, replace the bulb, reassemble.


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