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I can hear water sloshing in the dashboard of my 2006 kia. Why? How can i fix this?

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  • bigred272727 Nov 21, 2008

    Rushing water sound hehind front panel and under passenger seat.

  • tony1ton Nov 29, 2008

    We also hear water sloshing in the dash area.

  • greenangel9 Dec 11, 2008

    Took it to the Dealer and they said they called Kia on this and this is normal - not so sure but.....

    Anyway they said it had to do with the heater core and a void in the system. I am going to call Kia myself after the holidays. Just to make sure.


  • guitargirls Dec 17, 2008

    I have a 2006 kia that makes the water sounds too.  Just curious as to what is causing it.

  • Anonymous Feb 01, 2009

    I have brought my 2006 Kia Spectra to several dealers all to no avail! water rushing sounds like an ocean in the car.

    i now have a rental car until Kia figures it out!

  • kianurse Feb 09, 2009

    I have the same exact problem and everyone thinks I'm crazy when I tell them I can hear fluid sloshing around when I stop or turn corners..It's not constant, but it's weird! I'm due for my 30,000 servicing soon, but going to take it somewhere besides Kia...They want almost 600.00 to do it. I have done 3,000 servicing religiously, so hopefully nothing needs done.

  • greenangel9 May 11, 2010

    Hmmm .... Just found this on a GM forum, sounds like the same thing and would go with what my dealer said.


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I work for kia. what you have to do is jack the front end of the vehicle 2-3 feet off of the ground. then take radiator cap off and fill radiator. let the vehicle get to opperating temp. then add coolant again as neccessary. ohh yea make sure heater is on full blast. that should fix concern

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I had the same fluid dash area sound from KIA spectra 09, especially when making a turn. I tried various ideas from the web. Such as raising the front end and trying to top off radiator to checking for any drainage plug left from dealer prep. I finally realized that the reserve/overflow reservoir (on the right of the radiator) . It was below the low line. I filled it to between the low and the full lines. Have been driving it for a month now and no sloshing sounds from the dash are. Not sure if it is the fix you need but worked for me.

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I have an 06' Spectra that does the same thing...I've had service on it and no one else hears it but me...It only has 35,000...Guess it's not hurting it...Done it since I got it...

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I had the same problem. The dealership had to drain air out of the cooling system. It worked!

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