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2018 Kia Forte Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs)

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TSB Date Problem Area TSB Text
05/14/18 NHTSA ID: 10136500
TSB ID: TSBENG178_R1

Tsb - data collection: extract california emissions data from ecu (dc18) - this bulletin has been revised to include additional information. this bulletin provides information related to extracting ?in use performance tracking? emissions da
04/16/18 NHTSA ID: 10133170
TSB ID: PS539

Pitstop - engine component re-use guidelines - in general, parts and components removed during engine repairs should be considered serviceable, and should be thoroughly cleaned and transferred to the new engine.
02/12/18 NHTSA ID: 10128583
TSB ID: TSBENG178

Tsb - data collection: extract california emissions data from ecu (dc18) - this bulletin provides information related to extracting ?in use performance tracking? emissions data from the engine control unit (ecu) of certain vehicles sold in
01/16/18 Engine NHTSA ID: 10127032
TSB ID: TSBENG181

Tsb - service action: ignition coil or coil rfi spring replacement for dtc p030x (sa321) - this bulletin provides the procedure to replace all four (4) ignition coils or replace all four (4) coil radio frequency interference (rfi) springs o
03/13/18 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10130104
TSB ID: TSBTRA047_R2

Tsb - driveshaft serviceability - this bulletin has been revised most recently to include additional information. this bulletin provides information regarding axle shaft serviceability for kia vehicles equipped with a six-speed automatic tr
01/16/18 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10127034
TSB ID: TSBTRA067

Tsb - automatic transmission oil pressure characteristic values data transfer - this bulletin provides information regarding data transfer of automatic transmission (a/t) characteristic values on 2015my-2018my k900 (kh) vehicles equipped wi
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05/14/18 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10136501
TSB ID: TSBENG186

Tsb - service action: spark plug replacement (sa342) - this bulletin provides the procedure to replace the spark plugs on some 2018my forte (ydm), produced from november 21, 2017 through april 12, 2018, and 2018my rio (sc) vehicles, both pr
04/16/18 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10133175
TSB ID: PS551

Pitstop - rattle noise from rear of the vehicle (ps551) - this pitstop contains information regarding a rattle type noise heard from the rear of the vehicle when closing a door or trunk on some 2016my-2018my vehicles.
02/12/18 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10128612
TSB ID: PS537

Pitstop - instantaneous fuel mileage not present on instrument cluster display - this pitstop provides information regarding the instantaneous fuel mileage not displayed in the fuel economy menu of the trip computer in type a instrument clu
10/14/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10119115
TSB ID: PS511

Pitstop - bluetooth® information and troubleshooting - this pitstop contains information on pairing a device on 2018 my vehicles; the differences in pairing instructions if it is the 1st phone or a 2nd phone that needs to be paired; and how
02/12/18 Other NHTSA ID: 10128619
TSB ID: TSBCHA085_R1

Tsb - service action: sub frame replacement (sa323) - this bulletin provides the procedure to replace the sub frame on some 2018my forte (yd), produced from august 31, 2017 through september 4, 2017, and some 2018my forte (ydm) vehicles, pr
11/13/17 Other NHTSA ID: 10123325
TSB ID: TSBBOD177

Tsb - antenna pole location during transport - this bulletin provides information regarding the shipping location of the antenna pole in all 2018my forte (ydm) 5 door sx and all 2018my rio (sc) vehicles at delivery to dealers and transporta
08/15/17 Other NHTSA ID: 10115237
TSB ID: PS512

Pitstop: quick start guide (qsg) discoloration - some 2017-2018my forte (ydm) vehicles may experience some fading/discoloring (yellowing) of the quick start guide (qsg) installed prior to delivery to your dealer. in the event you encounter

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Kia Forte TSBs (Technical Service Bulletins)

Some things are often misunderstood about recalls and technical service bulletins (TSBs). Plus a disclaimer.

  1. Recalls do not have to be issued only because something is prone to failure. NHTSA (a government agency) can only require a recall if a failure will affect safety, emissions, fuel economy, or compliance with some other regulation or law. Manufacturers can voluntarily recall cars for problems that do not affect these, though.
  2. Recalls often apply to only some cars of a specific model year, rather than all of them. You should receive a letter from the manufacturer if your car has been recalled. You can also check with the dealer, which will know which (if any) recalls pertain to your car.
  3. The primary purpose of TSBs is to inform dealers about known problems with a car and how to fix them. They are not the same as recalls. As with recalls, TSBs often only apply to some cars, not the entire model year.
  4. Dealers often will not provide a preventive repair just because a problem described in a TSB might happen to your car. They'll usually want to observe symptoms that the problem is already affecting your car.
  5. Even if there are symptoms, a manufacturer doesn't have to pick up the cost of a TSB repair if the car is out of warranty, though sometimes they do.

We provide the text of recalls and TSBs as provided by NHTSA. There can be errors in the text. If you sign up for notifications in My Garage, we will try to get these to do, but for various reasons (some beyond our control) cannot guarantee you will receive them. When in doubt about a recall or TSB, contact the dealer.