Question about Kia Optima
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: DOOR WONT OPEN
This is a common problem on Kia, see here.
When this happens it is because the door latch is jammed, in this case pulling on the push rod won't open it.
You can partially remove the door panel to bypass the latch, so that you can help the door to open from the inside, but this is not an easy job, and you risk to cause further damage.
Better to take the car back in to the car dealer for a quick repair.
Posted on Sep 05, 2008
On mine if I lock the door while I was inside ,I could'nt open the door unless i rolled down the window and use the door handle,it was a bar inside thr door pannel that came loose and I had to re atached it.
Posted on Aug 11, 2009
Next to the round exterior light switch is a switch that controls the brightness of the interior dome lights. You can push (detent) that button in and it will pop out to make it easier to brighten/dim those lights. The tricky part is that the switch for making the dome lights illuminate when you enter/exit the vehicle is actually the top half of the backplate of the dome brightness switch. It says "dome off" on the upper portion of the backplate. That one inch area - that barely depresses - is actually the switch to make the dome lights work with the door operation. Try pressing it and then opening your door. It should work. Good Luck!
Posted on Mar 04, 2010
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The problem is the diode needs to be replaced. The dome light works in the "on" position, but does not work when any of the doors are opened. The diode itself is about half the size of a dime which you can buy from a kia dealer for less then $20. You don't have to disconnect the battery to do this.
1. Remove the kick panel which is right next to the foot rest on the drivers side and where the fuse box is located. You will have to pry open the door foot guard to get to the other screw for the kick panel.
2. right next to the fuses box there is a wiring harness wraped in black cloth like material or some type of harness cover, just peel it back or remove. You can feel the diode through the wrap.
3. the diode is in a sleeve like incasement or cover carefully pry open and slide the diode out.
4. replace diode with new one and your done.
Posted on Mar 25, 2010
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