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I have a 2003 Kia Spectra throwing a P0705 code. Autozone says its a "Transmission Range Sensor". I have two questions, 1) What is this sensor / What does it do? and 2) How much would this type of thing cost me to fix?
The 03 Spectra is a retagged Sephia model and is known for it's weak automatic transmission. They seldom make it to 135k and usually fail around 80k. The 2004.5 and newer Spectras have a much stronger redesigned tranny and have gone 300k miles.
You did not say if the car's tranny is still moving normally or if it has failed totally. You also did not mention the mileage on the car.
OBDII codes can be cryptic with what they mean and/or indicate. If the car is still moving well I would suggest contacting a local automatic transmission specialist over your mechanic although he probably has nailed the problem.
I have a local transmission shop that may help you weed out your problem(s) on line.
They are known for their honesty and desire to help others. http://www.waterlootransmissions.com
They have a free 24/7 diagnostic forum and know what they are doing.
Sorry, i was in a hurry and made a quick post. The Car just turned it's 56,000 miles. I bought it in for the sensor trouble of which my mechanic fixed, and he than told me the tranny does not have too much longer to go because of the pump losing pressure or something? I don't feel any problems with the transmission, it has not been slipping or anything like that, just the sensor problem. I don't think my shop is lying or being dishonest in any way, because what's the point? My shop does not fix/rebuilds transmissions?
I don't know, is it a possibility that he could be wrong? is it still possible that my transmission is going even though there is no apparent problems as of right now?
Also, one last thing, I took very good care of the transmission. I had the fluid changed on a regular basis from a Kia dealership and not the miminum wage workers from Jiffy Lube who would not think twice about putting GM/Ford or some new super-"Universal" transmission fluid into car (Watch how fast the tranny would die than!).
I would still have a transmission specialist look over the tranny. 56k is very low for that tranny to fail. Because the car is running OK now you may have just a sensor or wiring problem. As for a Forte tranny...Yes it is much better than the 03 Specs and probably better than the 04~09 Specs also. The 2004.5 and newer units have a fluid filter...yours doesn't .Your mechanic may be a good one but he probably does not know the inner workings of a transmission and/or the known "bugs" of specific tranny models. Sensors DO lie and can be misleading. That's why I suggest getting a "specialist" to look at it.
Yea I'm going to get a specialist to look over it. First I'm going to get a second opinion from a Kia dealer and see what they say. My car is still under the powertrain warranty (I'm the original owner), so I want to see what Kia says. I will than see what a Transmission Specialist says. I don't suppose, you know of any good transmission shops in the Chicagoland area?
Also, DavesSpectra, thanks for helping me on this matter!
DavesSpectra, I also have another question for you, if you dont mind. In general, how is the quality of the Forte compared against the likes of Toyota and Honda? From a local Kia dealership there is a Certified PreOwned 2011 Kia Forte EX with about 6k miles and they want $15k for it, is this a good deal?
Dave or Anybody, I need your advise. I had my trans checked my kia and a independent shop and both tells me tranny is shot and is "past its useful life" (quote by the dealer). However, the dealer is refusing to cover it under warranty, saying that I'm not the original owner thus the 10/100,000 does not apply to me. The problem is, I bought the car with 3 miles on it brand new in 2003. I still have all the papers when I bought the car in 2003.
So whats the deal here is the dealer trying to screw me or Kia? I'm calling Kia Corp tomorrow, what should I say?
I'd say that I bought it with 3 miles on it and have proof. The Transmission has "only" 56k miles on it and it is still under KIAs 10yr/100k warranty.
They knew that the trannys were weak and usually would not make it to 100k miles but bet you would have wrecked it or would have gotten rid of it before the warranty was up.
Don't be surprised that they will ask for documentation to all required maintenance service to the tranny. (fluid changes and such). They don't want to repair your 9 year old Kia for FREE but they really should. Stand your ground but be diplomatic with the people on the phone.
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