Question about 2003 Kia Optima
I am currently having the same problem. It strikes me odd that there are so many with the same problem. This seems to be a safety issue as well. If I need to get out of my car quickly and can't because I accidently locked the doors while inside. You would think there would be a recall on something this serious.
Posted on Aug 04, 2008
I had the same problem with my drivers side door. The locking mechanism is made of plastic and it broke inside the door. The mechanic said that he was surprised that the Kia dealer had the locking mechanisms in stock (i.e. it is a common problem). It cost me about $400 to fix. Most of the cost was the labor time just to get the frickin door open!
Posted on Apr 18, 2009
Had similar problem with passenger side door. the problem is the door latch mechanism wears more quickly than it should. The plastic/nylon rotary latch wears and then binds on the locking pawl. The only fix is to replace the worn latch. Not easy since you have to disassemble the door. Replacing the solenoid will not fix the problem.
Posted on Apr 16, 2009
There is no manual for the Kia Optima but if you buy the Hyundai Sonata manual it is the same vehicle. Both are made by Hyundai. The lock problem is a bad door lock solenoid
Posted on Jul 19, 2008
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