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Need some expert advice, so here I am lol

Daughter just took her 2013 Kia Sorento SX into the Kia dealer because of over heating, and was told she needed a new engine because of stripped head bolts, and also a blown head gasket. I was shocked, since I have redone heads and valves on my Ford (sorry) due to a head gasket, and never had a problem with stripped head bolts. Well after talking to the service manager, I was told it was due to the aluminum block, and a helicoil would not work nor should you chance it. He was very nice, and took the time to explain. Of course she is the second owner so the 100k mile warranty is out the door with 78k miles. The service manager said we were quoted a used engine from a company called LQK and the cost was around $ 7100.00 for the motor and install. Problem is, is that it is a used motor with around 70K miles on it. He also talked about a Kia reman motor, which would be $1000 or more extra for that motor with a 1 year 12k mile warranty. Unreal. He also stated to call Kia Corp, and keep calling until they hopefully help with the issue with a monetary value. So some advice is really needed, so I can calm my daughter down. I am willing to help, but need to know the best road to take. So here are the options, and was wondering if you could give some thought to it, or maybe have a better option or opinion ?????

1. A friend said you could redo the threads on the head. It was not easy, but could be done. Would they hold ???
2. Go with a used LKQ motor with 60-70k miles ? (just don't sound right for the cost)
3. Go with a reman Kia motor for more $$$$ ???
4. Call Kia Corp. till they cave in and help ???
5. Buy a gallon of gas and go at it ???? ;(


Just hard to understand in my world, where an engine needs to be replaced because the head bolt (s) are stripped.

I thank you in advance for your opinions and any other options lol. Have a great day..................馃槑
 

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First off, those engine price quotes are off-the-wall expensive, even for a stealership.

Now about that stripped bolt story, let's assume they diagnosed the overheat as a blown head gasket, by doing a compression/leak down test. Or maybe they just guessed, which wouldn't be a big surprise either. In any case, unless your daughter authorized them to replace the HG, why would they be removing the valve cover and messing around with the head bolts at that point? It sounds like a bunch of BS, but that's obviously JMO. I recommend taking it to an independent shop for a second opinion, but without mentioning anything to them about the first diagnosis.
 

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Hi Kiaguy,

Thanks for the response. I don't trust them very much either, but could not really find another mechanic that I did. We took it in for a diagnosis of over heating so maybe that's their protocol, not sure. I thought the prices were high too, so I looked on ebay, and found one with all new pistons, bearings, main bearings, and gaskets with a 2 year warranty for $ 3500. Kia will install for $ 1700.00, but I will definitely get a second opinion. Have a great day.
 

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Good Afternoon Everyone,

Need some expert advice, so here I am lol

Daughter just took her 2013 Kia Sorento SX into the Kia dealer because of over heating, and was told she needed a new engine because of stripped head bolts, and also a blown head gasket. I was shocked, since I have redone heads and valves on my Ford (sorry) due to a head gasket, and never had a problem with stripped head bolts. Well after talking to the service manager, I was told it was due to the aluminum block, and a helicoil would not work nor should you chance it. He was very nice, and took the time to explain. Of course she is the second owner so the 100k mile warranty is out the door with 78k miles. The service manager said we were quoted a used engine from a company called LQK and the cost was around $ 7100.00 for the motor and install. Problem is, is that it is a used motor with around 70K miles on it. He also talked about a Kia reman motor, which would be $1000 or more extra for that motor with a 1 year 12k mile warranty. Unreal. He also stated to call Kia Corp, and keep calling until they hopefully help with the issue with a monetary value. So some advice is really needed, so I can calm my daughter down. I am willing to help, but need to know the best road to take. So here are the options, and was wondering if you could give some thought to it, or maybe have a better option or opinion ?????

1. A friend said you could redo the threads on the head. It was not easy, but could be done. Would they hold ???
2. Go with a used LKQ motor with 60-70k miles ? (just don't sound right for the cost)
3. Go with a reman Kia motor for more $$$$ ???
4. Call Kia Corp. till they cave in and help ???
5. Buy a gallon of gas and go at it ???? ;(


Just hard to understand in my world, where an engine needs to be replaced because the head bolt (s) are stripped.

I thank you in advance for your opinions and any other options lol. Have a great day..................馃槑
I just went through the same thing with my 2013 Sorento. Started losing coolant and rear corner of head gasket was the culprit. After pulling engine to was a stripped out head bolt was the problem. The aluminum on back side of engine won鈥檛 hold threads over time. Had him bore out 4 of the head bolts holes and use heli cores in them. Pretty confident that they will hold but will probably trade it off before too long. Also heard a lot of kias have the same problems
 

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A device called a 'Timesert' should work. Find a good mechanic who knows how to install them.
Three months have passed....not sure what has happened since then...

 

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Have to say that this is the first thread I've seen on any Kia/Hyundai forum talking about head bolts stripping out on their newer engines. I'm wondering if your mechanic is perhaps lumping your head bolt issue in with all the other much more well known issues with Kia/Hyundai engines (of which there are many).
 

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Good Afternoon Everyone,

Need some expert advice, so here I am lol

Daughter just took her 2013 Kia Sorento SX into the Kia dealer because of over heating, and was told she needed a new engine because of stripped head bolts, and also a blown head gasket. I was shocked, since I have redone heads and valves on my Ford (sorry) due to a head gasket, and never had a problem with stripped head bolts. Well after talking to the service manager, I was told it was due to the aluminum block, and a helicoil would not work nor should you chance it. He was very nice, and took the time to explain. Of course she is the second owner so the 100k mile warranty is out the door with 78k miles. The service manager said we were quoted a used engine from a company called LQK and the cost was around $ 7100.00 for the motor and install. Problem is, is that it is a used motor with around 70K miles on it. He also talked about a Kia reman motor, which would be $1000 or more extra for that motor with a 1 year 12k mile warranty. Unreal. He also stated to call Kia Corp, and keep calling until they hopefully help with the issue with a monetary value. So some advice is really needed, so I can calm my daughter down. I am willing to help, but need to know the best road to take. So here are the options, and was wondering if you could give some thought to it, or maybe have a better option or opinion ?????

1. A friend said you could redo the threads on the head. It was not easy, but could be done. Would they hold ???
2. Go with a used LKQ motor with 60-70k miles ? (just don't sound right for the cost)
3. Go with a reman Kia motor for more $$$$ ???
4. Call Kia Corp. till they cave in and help ???
5. Buy a gallon of gas and go at it ???? ;(


Just hard to understand in my world, where an engine needs to be replaced because the head bolt (s) are stripped.

I thank you in advance for your opinions and any other options lol. Have a great day..................馃槑
They can be fixed with hyli coils check spelling.
 
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