I need the forum's help. I'm a hands on, working car owner, I take care of my Kia but I am faced with a real dilemma.
It has been 6 months since my Kia went into the shop for a recurrent engine light & the failure to shift into all four gears, which came 2 months exactly after a timing belt failure, at exactly 10 years, & 11 model years old after build date in Korea, but only 3 years on the newest Korea sourced dealer timing belt.
The lost timing belt stranded us at 2am on the side of the road in muggy June & in an emergency situation with my dog. That trip cost me over $4,000, between the rental car, the bent cams, the over a month in the shop because I need my car to give to my significant so his car could go to our 17 year old.
So I opted to repair bent cams & rebuild the engine but that's when my mechanic found that "somehow" no Kia dealership had alerted us to needing the computer reflashed, & a new pigtail from a set of 3 for $30, could be found, even with your helpful part numbers & pictures. BUT EVERYBODY could helpfully find & try to sell me the entire cam shaft wiring harness for $1,400, you betcha.
Money pit. And so suspiciously right AFTER the power train warranty expired, that it felt engineered to do that.
The first timing belt had lasted to 75,000 miles, The 2nd direct from Kia Korea & costing a dealer part price, let go MUCH earlier, & cost me a month without a car, plus the rental plus $2200 in rebuild. That was in June 2016, when the car officially turned 10 model years old.
Little did I know what was coming next.
We couldn't find the pigtail part. Anywhere. Then I found it or something that matched to the part number for my Vin at kiapartsoutlet.com, but was missing the bright orange spacers shown in the picture, oh, & they only sold them separately at $17.95/each!
But no one would answer an email, except for one answer that had no message control number or name of person answering that basically said. "We have another part that may help you."
No additional part number, not even in line with my message answered so I had SOME WAY to get back in touch.
No name, no way except for their online form to contact them, again, NO PHONE NUMBER to talk to anyone.
You can order parts online with them, but ONLY on their website, BUT there is no way to contact them, & since the first odd message, no one would get back to me.
I'm a small business owner but I know when I'm beaten.
I gathered all the info I had plus your forum & the pictures & emailled them to my excellent shop. The shop in Daytona had lost workers & gear to a local hurricane in the Fall, & the owner ALSO can only find the full harness @cost$$$ but NOT the pigtails.
He agrees that we should be able to get the pigtails, but he simply doesnt have the help to do the research.
Mind you, my Kia STILL has to be towed over to a Kia dealership to get the recall bulletin computer flashing service for the camshaft sensor to communicate with the main computer.
Or else, for the repair place they cant even get it to either start & stay running, or they clear the code, car runs for one or two days, they go to test it for me to come get it, the car throws the code & twice they've had to tow it back to the shop again.
I just got done working Speedweeks For Daytona Intl. Speedway, & I had to strand my significant without a car at my house in order to come up to Daytona to work.
I last drove my beautiful sapphire dragonfly Kia Optima in Sept 2016. I can't afford a new car until 2018.
BEFORE all this had happened, also in June, the motor for the moona roof also "went" right at the same time. Since day one of ownership this car has had a fault thayt no dealership would address, every time I would bring my car in for a warranty checkup, whatever wasnt working at that moment, oh! "was just 2 or 3 thousand miles over the bumper to bumper 100,000 mile warranty for THAT particular item!"
That gets REALLY OLD, REALLY FAST.
At this point my mechanic is embarrassed, there is no charge left for me to pay on the car... He just needs the parts, without the pigtail, we can't flash & reset the computer.
I'm going to write to Kia prime & my insurance company to see if they can also help me to locate the parts I need to repair the car. I'm hoping that Kia will help me with some of the service hours for the moonroof motor replacement too, especially as the short may have been caused due to the computer glitch, because that's a huge 7.2 hour job & the part was over $395 the last time we checked.
We were able to close the moonroof & it doesnt leak, but my car went from a reasonably pristine almost 10 year old car to hanger queen, the MONTH she officially turned 10.
And I really miss her, she sips gas at 38mpg...or did.