Monday – Friday: 7:30am – 5:30pm

5440 Arapahoe Ave, Unit A, Boulder, CO 80303

Monday – Friday: 7:30am – 5:30pm

5440 Arapahoe Ave, Unit A, Boulder, CO 80303

Kia Repair Shop in Boulder, CO

Call (303) 449-8949 for the Best in Kia Repair!

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Why trust us with your Kia repairs?

We have a long history in Boulder as a leading auto repair shop and lots of experience fixing Asian vehicles including Kia Cars and SUVs. Kia’s vehicles are designed to offer the best in safety and performance, but keep in mind that every vehicle needs repairs every once and a while. We offer repairs on the following Kia models from 1996 to new vehicles, including:

Kia Sedans

  • Optima
  • Optima Hybrid
  • Stinger
  • Forte
  • Cadenza
  • K900
  • K5

Kia Crossovers / SUVs / Minivans

  • Soul
  • Soul EV
  • Niro
  • Niro Plug-In Hybrid
  • Sportage
  • Sorento
  • Sedona
  • Seltos
  • Carnival MPV
  • Telluride
  • And more.

To better serve the needs of our Boulder area clients, we have developed expert skills at maintaining the safety, mechanics, performance and durability of the entire line of Kia vehicles.

  • Our mechanics have over 70 years of combined Kia service experience.
  • We’ve been repairing Kia vehicles, cars and SUVs since 2013.
  • Our staff includes five ASE certified Kia mechanics.
  • We offer state-of-the-art diagnostic software tools to ensure optimal results.
  • We commit to quality repairs by putting our words & actions into gear.

Top 10 Kia Repair Issues

While every Kia vehicle is dynamic on the inside and out, we have learned of some common repairs and we know just how to fix them. Read on.

  1. Front door won’t open due to faulty latch on the Kia Optima – a faulty door latch assembly can result in difficulty opening the front doors. Oftentimes, the issue can be corrected by replacing the worn latch.
  2. Check engine illumination light (combined with a lack of power or a stumble on acceleration) – a faulty Throttle Position (TPS) Switch on the Kia Optima may be causing this issue. Kia released an improved part which usually corrects this problem.
  3. Transmission downshift hard and jerky – Kia has a software update available which should correct the transmission issues. Reprogramming the transmission control module with the software update commonly fixes abnormalities in the automatic transmission and erroneous transmission-related Check Engine Light illumination. These updates are most effective on newer vehicles. Higher mileage vehicles may result in a similar symptom caused by a component failure.
  4. Difficult starting (due to defective anti-theft control module on Kia Sedona) – the Kia Sedona is known for presenting issues when starting the engine. This is mostly true for vehicles with the Kia smart key. An issue with the factory vehicle immobilizer control module can cause the vehicle to think it is being stolen. This immediately disallows the car from starting. Oftentimes, the key is the issue, and vehicles with keyless go or push-to-start technology may work correctly if the key is inserted.
  5. Noisy engine on startup after the engine has been off for several hours – updating the Timing Chain Tensioner corrects this noise on startup.
  6. Noise or vibration when A/C Compressor is on – a defective A/C compressor clutch assembly can result in excessive noise or vibration when the air conditioning is on. Updated parts are available.
  7. Power sliding door not staying closed (due to a failed switch on the Kia Sedona) – in warm weather, the power sliding door switch may stick in the open position. Kia has an updated switch to correct this issue.
  8. Starting problems from weak battery (due to inadequate Alternator Output) – after the vehicle has been operated with electrical loads (lights & air conditioning), a weak alternator can result in starting difficulties. In some cases, the original alternator can’t properly charge the battery. As a result, Kia released a new alternator which can correct this issue.
  9. Engine misfire (due to Faulty Ignition Coil) – an engine misfire may be caused as the result of a failed ignition coil. If one fails, others ignitions may fail shortly thereafter. It may be worth it to replace all of the coils if a failure occurs.
  10. Engine failures (errors during the machining process can cause a bearing in the engine to prematurely wear) – vehicles listed in the NHTSA Safety Recall Report are the 2011–2013 Optima Hybrid, 2012 Sportage, 2012–2013 Sorento, and 2012–2013 Forte and Forte Koup with the 2.4-liter Theta II engine; and the 2014–2015 Forte, Forte Koup, and Soul with the 2.0-liter Nu engine.

KIA REPAIRS & COSTS: Costs for repairs obviously vary: each Kia vehicle has its own needs from time-to-time. However, one thing is certain – we are here to protect your pocket book. We know repairs are sometimes costly, but when you arrive at our door our team of technicians will get right down to work and closely analyze your repair needs and will find ways to save you money. Our prices are always competitive and we provide nothing but quality in every repair job that enters our facility.

KIA PARTS: We typically use original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts but only if they are cost-effective. If this is not the case then we source an equally durable aftermarket part, which will only help save you money.s


Kia FAQs:

As a Kia owner, you will want confirmation that your “wheels” are being looked after by the right team. Look no further! We have the expertise to address your FAQs.

A: It’s a known fact that tires wear down over time, especially the front tires. So, rotating the tires will help prevent uneven wear and extend their lifespan.

A: The most obvious signs that your tires have had their day are cracks being evident in the side walls, or vibrations in the steering column.

A: Brakes are very important as we all know, so once you hear weird noises while driving and when stopping, or if you feel vibrations, then you most likely have brake problems. If you also see brake fluid leaking while the car is parked, then this is a definite sign that your brakes need repair or replacing.

A: It is best to repair your leaks before they cause bigger issues, such as damage to wire harnesses, catastrophic engine or transmission failure, or poor engine performance. Some of these repairs can be costly while others are quite simple and very affordable.

A: In order to ensure your transmission is healthy, have your Kia serviced every 30,000 to 40,000 miles. Also, ask your technician about the benefits of transmission fluids as this is important with regular maintenance.

Need a Kia mechanic to give it the care & service it needs? There’s only one number to call in Boulder, CO!

Call Independent Motors today: 303-449-8949

Kia repair for Boulder County, Longmont, Louisville, Lafayette, Erie, Niwot and Nederland, Colorado.