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2012 Kia Soul Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs)

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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.
08/02/17 NHTSA ID: 10109655
TSB ID: PS315

Pit stop: gdi injector spray tip deposits - a design feature of vehicles equipped with a gasoline direct injection (gdi) system is the placement of each fuel injector directly into the engine cylinder head assembly. therefore, it is complet
08/02/17 NHTSA ID: 10109649
TSB ID: TSB-CHA044

Tsb: mdps flexible coupling replacement - this bulletin provides information related to the replacement of the flexible coupling in the mdps motor of some of vehicles, which may experience a ?clicking? noise emanating from the mdps when tur
08/02/17 NHTSA ID: 10109731
TSB ID: PS296

Pit stop: ocv damage when installing engine cover - when re-installing the engine cover on vehicles equipped with a 1.6l gdi engine, make sure not to apply any downward pressure in the area around the oil control valve (ocv) to prevent caus
08/02/17 NHTSA ID: 10109691
TSB ID: TSB-CHA044R2

Tsb: mdps flexible coupling replacement - rev 2 - this bulletin provides information related to the replacement of the flexible coupling in the mdps motor of some of vehicles, which may experience a ?clicking? noise emanating from the mdps
08/02/17 NHTSA ID: 10109813
TSB ID: PS469

Pitstop: manual evaporative emissions test for hard to find/small leaks - if the malfunction indicator lamp (mil) is illuminated with dtc(s) p0442, p0455, p0456, or p0457 (evaporative emissions system-leak detected) and the evaporative (eva
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08/02/17 NHTSA ID: 10109851
TSB ID: TSB-ENG164R1

Tsb: service action: ecu upgrade - dtc p0441 logic improvement (sa280) - this bulletin provides information related to the engine control unit (ecu) software upgrade for some 2012-2016my rio (ub), 2014-2016 soul (ps), and 2012-2013my soul (
02/17/17 NHTSA ID: 10092144
TSB ID: TSBENG146R1

Tsb: ecm upgrade ¿ rio, soul mil on with dtc(s) p0456/p0461/p050a/p2188/p2192/p0128/p0326/p0441 - this bulletin provides information related to the ecm software upgrade for some 2012~2014my rio (ub), some 2012~2013 soul (am) and some 2014my
02/17/17 NHTSA ID: 10092088
TSB ID: TSBENG146

Tsb: ecm upgrade ¿ rio, soul mil on with dtc(s) p0456/p0461/p050a/p2188/p2192/p0128/p0326/p0441 - this bulletin provides information related to the ecm software upgrade for some 2012~2013my rio (ub) and some 2012~2013 soul (am) vehicles whi
02/07/17 NHTSA ID: 10090824
TSB ID: TSBCHA074R1

Tsb rev1: mdps flexible coupling replacement - this bulletin is issued to provide information about the replacement of the flexible coupling in the mdps motor of some vehicles which might experience a ¿knock¿ noise originating from the mdps
01/31/17 NHTSA ID: 10089987
TSB ID: PS400

Pitstop: smart pedal feature - the ¿smart pedal¿ is an integral part of the engine management system (ems) functionality which monitors and prevents the simultaneous activation of accelerator and brake pedals. when engaged, the feature redu
01/27/17 NHTSA ID: 10089747
TSB ID: TSBENG146R1

Tsb: ecm upgrade ¿ rio, soul mil on with dtc(s) p0456/p0461/p050a/p2188/p2192/p0128/p0326/p0441 - this bulletin provides information related to the ecm software upgrade for some 2012~2014my rio (ub), some 2012~2013 soul (am) and some 2014my
01/26/17 NHTSA ID: 10089591
TSB ID: TSBCHA074

Tsb: mdps flexible coupling replacement - this bulletin is issued to provide information about the replacement of the flexible coupling in the mdps motor of some vehicles which might experience a ¿knock¿ noise originating from the mdps, whe
09/15/15 NHTSA ID: 10058402
TSB ID: TSB-146 REV 1

Kia: electronic control module (ecm) software has been upgraded for certain vehicles experiencing malfunction indicator lamp (mil) that illuminates and ecm needs reprogramming with latest gds download. model 2012-14 rio, 2012-14 soul.
12/20/11 NHTSA ID: 10042593
TSB ID: TSB-0106

Kia: information provided relating to an engine with an abnormal noise emanating from the hydraulic lash adjuster (hlas) due to a lack of oil supply.
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
02/17/17 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10092147
TSB ID: TSBTRA051R1

Tsb: 6 spd a/t solenoid replacement ¿ multiple dtcs - this bulletin provides information relating to the replacement of various shift solenoids on 6-speed automatic transaxles with dtcs p0741, p0743, p0748, p0753, p0758, p0763, p0768, p0773
02/06/17 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10090604
TSB ID: TSBTRA047R1

Tsb: axle shaft serviceability by model - this bulletin has been revised. this bulletin provides information regarding axle shaft serviceability for kia vehicles equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission. refer to the table below for
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02/03/17 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10090431
TSB ID: TSBTRA049

Tsb: 6-speed a/t transmission adaptive values reset/relearn - this bulletin provides the procedures necessary to reset and relearn the adaptive values after transmission replacement or reprogramming/replacement of the ecm/pcm.
01/27/17 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10089761
TSB ID: TSBTRA051R1

Tsb: 6 spd a/t solenoid replacement ¿ multiple dtcs - this bulletin provides information relating to the replacement of various shift solenoids on 6-speed automatic transaxles with dtcs p0741, p0743, p0748, p0753, p0758, p0763, p0768, p0773
01/24/17 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10089382
TSB ID: TSBTRA049R1

Tsb: 6-spd. a/t adaptive value reset /relearn - this bulletin provides the procedures necessary to reset and relearn the adaptive values after transmission replacement or reprogramming/replacement of the pcm/tcm. after the adaptive values a
12/21/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10126423
TSB ID: TSBELE091R3

Tsb - identifying head unit software version for direct exchange - this bulletin provides the procedure on how to identify and record the head unit software level on various head unit platforms and generations.
08/30/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10116821
TSB ID: TSB-ELE091R1

Tsb: identifying head unit software version for direct exchange - identifying head unit software version for direct exchange (ele091) (rev 1) - this bulletin provides the procedure on how to identify and record the head unit software level
08/25/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10116101
TSB ID: PS474

Pitstop: tpms sensor position - when diagnosing tpms-related dtcs, make sure you are investigating the correct sensor. the tpms positioning from the manufacturer may be different from the positioning shown on a kds.
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08/02/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10109888
TSB ID: TSB-ENG164

Combination tsb / service action: ecu upgrade ? dtc p0441 logic improvement (sa280) - this bulletin provides information related to the engine control unit (ecu) software upgrade for some 2012-2016my rio (ub), 2014-2016 soul (ps), and 2012-
08/02/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10109736
TSB ID: TSB-ELE060

Tsb: combined tsb/service action: optima (qf) and soul (am) avn and base audio system upgrade (sa168) - this bulletin provides the procedure for upgrading the navigation system and base audio system software of some 2012my optima (qf) and s
08/02/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10109703
TSB ID: TSB-TRA050R1

Tsb: tcm upgrade - active eco acceleration logic improvement - this bulletin provides information related to a tcm (transmission control module) software upgrade for some a/t equipped 2012my soul (am) 1.6l gdi and 2.0l mpi vehicles.
08/02/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10109699
TSB ID: TSB-ENG118R2

Tsb: combined tsb/service action ? rio, soul 1.6 gdi mil on with dtcs p0456/p0461/p050a/p2188/p2192/p0128 (sa152) - this bulletin provides information related to the ecm software upgrade for some 2012-2013my rio (ub) and some 2012-2013 soul
08/02/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10109652
TSB ID: TSB-TRA051

Tsb: 6 spd a/t solenoid replacement ? dtc p0741 - this bulletin provides information relating to the replacement of the damper clutch (d/c) solenoid on 6-speed automatic transaxles with dtc p0741 (active or history), instead of replacing th
08/02/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10109855
TSB ID: PS493

Tsb: defogging logic ? normal operation, disabling, and enabling - starting with 2010my, all kia vehicles, except rio (jb), incorporate a defogging logic to prevent the interior windows from becoming excessively fogged. depending on the spe
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02/17/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10092132
TSB ID: TSBELE089

Tsb: navigation head unit sd card replacement - this bulletin describes the sd card exchange/replacement procedure related to error messages that may be displayed on the navigation screen when the incorrect sd card is inserted. note: only n
02/17/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10092104
TSB ID: PS387

Pitstop: navigation headunit and sd card compatibility - this article provides information in regards to possible compatibility issues between navigation head units and sd cards when replacing head units for multimedia issues. if after repl
02/08/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10090945
TSB ID: PS266R1

Pitstop: hvac receiver/dryer - desiccant replacement - in the event of a hvac system concern in which metal particles or shards have contaminated the system, the desiccant or the entire a/c receiver/dryer assembly may need to be replaced. t
02/06/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10090614
TSB ID: TSBCLI021R1

Tsb: service action: manual hvac control unit logic improvement (sa148) - this bulletin provides information related to a controller software upgrade for 2012-13my soul (am) vehicles, produced from july 11, 2011 to june 22, 2012, and equipp
02/02/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10090179
TSB ID: TSBELE056R1

Tsb: uvo upgrade ¿ rio (ub), sportage (sl), soul (am), optima (qf) and sorento (xma) - this bulletin provides the procedure for upgrading the uvo system on all 2012my rio (ub), sportage (sl), soul (am), optima (qf) and sorento (xm) vehicles
02/02/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10090180
TSB ID: TSBELE060R1

Tsb: optima (qf) and soul (am) avn and base audio system upgrade - this bulletin provides the procedure for upgrading the navigation system and base audio system software of some 2012my optima (qf) and some 2012my soul (am) vehicles, to imp
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02/02/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10090173
TSB ID: PS258

Pitstop: instrument cluster illumination adjustment: this bulletin provides instructions to adjust the instrument cluster illumination.
01/27/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10089742
TSB ID: TSBELE089

Tsb: navigation head unit sd card replacement - this bulletin describes the sd card exchange/replacement procedure related to error messages that may be displayed on the navigation screen when the incorrect sd card is inserted. note: only n
01/23/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10089354
TSB ID: TSBELE091

Tsb: identifying head unit software version for direct exchange - this bulletin provides the procedure on how to identify and record the head unit software level on various head unit platforms and generations. this procedure will now be req
01/18/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10088983
TSB ID: TSBSST041

Tsb: kds - audio update module (aum) - the gds audio update module (aum) was introduced in fourth quarter of 2013. this special service tool (sst) was developed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of updating 2010my, and later, kia
09/14/16 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10080084
TSB ID: TSB-ELE-077-R1

Tsb: rear view camera diagnosis/replacement - this bulletin provides information to diagnose and/or replace the rear view camera of some kia vehicles (see table on pg. 6 for specific models and production dates) which may exhibit inadequat
03/16/16 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10060285
TSB ID: 056

Summary to be provided on a future date.
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03/16/16 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10060248
TSB ID: PS259

Summary to be provided on a future date.
03/16/16 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10060247
TSB ID: PS258

Summary to be provided on a future date.
03/16/16 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10060119
TSB ID: 060

Summary to be provided on a future date.
03/16/16 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10059887
TSB ID: 021

Summary to be provided on a future date.
12/30/13 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10054194
TSB ID: TSB-050-A

Kia: information regarding when active eco logic is on a slight shift shudder is felt when torque converter damper clutch engages or disengages and transmission control module (tcm) software needs be upgraded/reprogram to improve active ec
12/30/13 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10054190
TSB ID: TSB-118-2

Kia: new information provided regarding the electronic control module (ecm) software upgrade for vehicles experiencing the illumination of the malfunction indicator lamp within the electronic control module (ecm) system which should be rep
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12/20/11 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10042589
TSB ID: TSB-020

Kia: pertaining to information on some vehicles, the battery cable terminal will replace the positive (+) and the negative (-).
08/02/17 Other NHTSA ID: 10109812
TSB ID: TSB-GEN085R1

Tsb: mandatory replacement of locking/security hardware - by design, certain fasteners, which are designed to lock into place once fully attached, are utilized in various kia models and are strictly intended for ?one time use.? some example
08/02/17 Other NHTSA ID: 10109788
TSB ID: TSB-TRA055

Tsb: inhibitor switch diagnosis information - this bulletin gives information regarding the steps to take regarding the diagnosis of the inhibitor switch.
08/02/17 Other NHTSA ID: 10109777
TSB ID: TSB-GEN085

Tsb: mandatory replacement of locking/security hardware - by design, certain fasteners utilized in various kia models are strictly intended for ?one time use?. though not limited to the following, some examples are: axle shaft nuts with sta
08/02/17 Other NHTSA ID: 10109631
TSB ID: TSB-SST033

Tsb: special service tool for hood release lever removal - this bulletin provides information related to the introduction of a new special service tool (sst) (a) developed to prevent the hood release lever pivot point (b) from being damaged
08/02/17 Other NHTSA ID: 10109665
TSB ID: TSB-CHA044R1

Tsb: mdps flexible coupling replacement - this bulletin provides information related to the replacement of the flexible coupling in the mdps motor of some of vehicles, which may experience a ?clicking? noise emanating from the mdps when tur
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02/17/17 Other NHTSA ID: 10092100
TSB ID: PS365R1

Pitstop: bluetooth® issues after iphone® ios 8 software update - this article provides information related to possible bluetooth concerns when using an iphone® with ios 8.x (ios 8, 8.0.1, 8.0.2, 8.1, 8.1.2, 8.1.3, etc.) while paired to a he
02/07/17 Other NHTSA ID: 10090713
TSB ID: TSBBOD095

Tsb: windshield washer pump inlet filter replacement - this bulletin provides information relating to possible foreign debris accumulation on the windshield washer pump inlet filter. over time, some kia vehicles may exhibit a limited appli
02/06/17 Other NHTSA ID: 10090598
TSB ID: PS225

Pitstop: auto door lock operation - on all 2012 and 2013 soul vehicles, the auto door lock feature functions in the following manner.
01/31/17 Other NHTSA ID: 10090007
TSB ID: TSBELE038

Tsb: information for dealer uvo upgrade / retail customer - this bulletin provides the retail customer¿s procedure for upgrading the kia uvo (your voice) system. kia uvo owners have the option to download available upgrades directly from th
01/26/17 Other NHTSA ID: 10089668
TSB ID: QASC122

Questions and answers for voluntary service campaign sc122 ¿ underbody ¿ additional anti-corrosion treatment
01/26/17 Other NHTSA ID: 10089666
TSB ID: OWNERSC122SOUL

Owner notification letter (sc122) - dear kia soul owner: kia motors america, inc. is conducting a voluntary service campaign to add additional anti-corrosion material to the underbody of all 2010-2013 my soul vehicles that were originally s
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01/26/17 Other NHTSA ID: 10089662
TSB ID: DEALERPSMSC122

Dealer service manager memo (sc122) - kia motors america, inc. is conducting a voluntary service campaign as a preventative measure to add additional anti-corrosion material to the underbody of all 2006-2011 my rio, 2004-2009 my spectra, 20
01/26/17 Other NHTSA ID: 10089642
TSB ID: DEALERPSC122

Dealer principal memo (sc122) - kia motors america, inc. will be conducting a voluntary service campaign, as a preventative measure, to add additional anti-corrosion material to the underbody of all 2006-2011 my rio, 2004-2009 my spectra, 2
01/26/17 Other NHTSA ID: 10089618
TSB ID: TSBSC122

Tsb: voluntary service campaign - application of additional anti-corrosion material (sc122) - to improve customer satisfaction, kia is launching this bulletin to apply additional anticorrosion protection to various vehicle underbody comp
03/16/16 Other NHTSA ID: 10060102
TSB ID: SB 0000155777

Summary to be provided on a future date.
03/16/16 Other NHTSA ID: 10060218
TSB ID: PS225

Summary to be provided on a future date.
10/02/15 Other NHTSA ID: 10058518
TSB ID: SC-122

Kia: an additional application of anti-corrosion protection will be applied on some vehicles underbody components to help prevent corrosion. model 2004-09 spectra, 2006-10 optima, 2006-11 rio 2007-10 rondo and 2010-13 soul.

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Kia Soul 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.