Top 5 Kia Sorento Problems: 2nd Generation (2011 to 2015)

The Kia Sorento is an SUV that is currently in its 4th generation. This post reviews the most common Kia Sorento problems owners run into with the 2nd generation, years 2011 to 2015.

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Top 5 Issues with the 2nd Gen Kia Sorento (2011 to 2015)

1. Ignition Coil Pack Failure

ignition coils packs on a 2nd gen Kia Sorento
Ignition coils packs on the left

Symptoms of Ignition Coil Pack Failure

  • Engine running rough
  • Check engine light and it may be flashing

How to Fix a Bad Ignition Coil Pack

There are three ignition coil packs at the front of vehicle, and there are three underneath the intake manifold. The steps require removing the bolt, electrical connector, and the coil pack. We recommend replacing the spark plugs at the same time.

You will have to remove the intake to access the rear coil packs. You want to replace intake gasket as well. Do not reuse the intake manifold gasket.

2. AC Compressor Clutch Failure

Symptoms of a Bad AC Compressor Clutch

  • AC system not working, but refrigerant levels are fine

Causes of AC Compressor Clutch Failure

The AC compressor clutch is located near the pulleys. It pumps AC refrigerant through the system. The compressor clutch tends to fail on the 2nd gen Kia Sorento.

How to Fix the AC Compressor Clutch

Normally you have to replace the compressor with the clutch since they come together. You will need to have the refrigerant recovered, replace the compressor, and reinstall refrigerant. We recommend bringing it to a professional.

3. Headlight Bulbs Are Burnt Out

headlight bulb on a 2011 to 2015 Kia Sorento

Symptoms of Bad Headlight Bulbs

  • Headlight bulbs don’t work

How to Fix Bad Headlight Bulbs on the 2011 to 2015 Kia Sorento

The headlight bulbs are easy to replace on the 2nd gen Sorento. Twist the cap from backside of headlight. You can access bulbs easily on driver side and passenger side. The bulb socket slides out.

Don’t touch the glass since natural oils on the hands can wear it out prematurely. Consider keeping some replacements in the glove box in case they die while driving, or consider upgrading the bulb to an LED version of same bulb.

4. Radio Not Working

Symptoms of a Bad Radio

  • Functions aren’t working like the Blue Tooth, satellite radio, or no sound

Causes of a Bad Radio

Issues with the radio crop up from a glitch in the radio system that is fixable without the help from the dealership.

How to Fix a Radio Glitch in the 2011 to 2015 Kia Sorento

Negative battery terminal on a 2011 to 2015 Kia Sorento
Negative battery terminal on a 2011 to 2015 Kia Sorento

No parts are required to fix this issue and you do not have to bring it to the dealer. Just like a desktop computer, when you have a glitch, the best course of action is to reset the computer. There is no need to reset the radio.

To reset the radio, disconnect the battery. Disconnect the negative battery terminal. Let it sit for 15 minutes or more. Reconnect the terminal and the radio should work.

5. Back-Up Camera Failure

Symptoms of a Bad Back-Up Camera

  • Back-up camera isn’t working at all

Causes of a Bad Back-Up Camera

If the back-up camera isn’t working on the 2nd gen Sorento, there is internal failure.

How to Fix a Bad Back-Up Camera

Replace the back-up camera.

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