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Thumbs down Stinger Design Flaw (may affect other models)

The Rack and Pinion, because the Stinger is lower than most models, is unprotected from damage by road hazards that are very low, it scrapes against curbs and parking wheel stops. Something hit the bottom of the rack and pinion and cracked the case. Obviously the dealer refers to it as non-warranty, and costs about $3900.00 to replace (steering became very hard, but still manageable to get home). Even though insurance may be involved, it should never be so low as to be exposed and unprotected from damage, without a sturdy shield of some kind. Not just a piece of plasticized board as a dirt shield.

I ask that until that overlooked area is corrected, KIA should share or cover the cost. Check how low the rack and pinion is on your vehicle.

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l will be contacting KIA with a request to mitigate the exposure and cost of repair. Stay tuned.
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How about a photo or two showing how low the steering rack is mounted and how vulnerable it is.

Very doubtful that any vehicle manufacturer would cover impact damage as warranty.
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I notice my Sorento version has a steering upgrade from some of the other models.
As I remember, "Frame mounted steering gear" or something similar.

Wonder why that is better or at least something they would tout? Maybe less likely to get smacked by stuff.

Thank goodness No Turbo /// 2019 Sorento SX L V6 (FWD)
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How about a photo or two showing how low the steering rack is mounted and how vulnerable it is.

Very doubtful that any vehicle manufacturer would cover impact damage as warranty.
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Century Kia is doing the repair (Tampa) and the damage also includes the carriage bracket for steering casting being bent back. They claim it needs to be replaced - insurance originally assumed it wasn't necessary, I assume the bracket should be able to be formed back to original position unless it is an unmalliable product. All this from running over a large stone which the truck before me cleared.
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Spoke to service - part appears to be "hardened" - couldn't bend it back.
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All this from running over a large stone which the truck before me cleared.[/QUOTE]

Most ALL sedans and coupes ride lower to the ground than any truck, pick up or otherwise. Glad for you that your insurance is covering the expense.
From your "upside down" pic's., it seems there may have been some other scraping done before hitting the steering rack?
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Thanks - that sure is low and vulnerable.

I took a look at my wife's 2015 Mustang, and its steering rack is also in front of the axles, but its higher and protected by a steel cross-member.

I'd look at making a steel deflector if I owned a Stinger.



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Oh boy....
Good luck!
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