SureTrack Real Fix: Seized Kia Vibrations

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Real Fixes from SureTrack® provides expert-based knowledge captured from millions of documented repairs and community discussions. Read on to see how SureTrack helped solve the case of this 2020 Kia Sedona EX 3.3L Eng, random vibration, replaced front seized caliper, and how the community can help you fix other tricky issues that are not easily diagnosed with OEM information alone. SureTrack is available at no additional cost within ProDemand.

This fix illustrates the power of the SureTrack community to quickly help a fellow tech solve a tricky diagnosis. SureTrack community member, olivierm, had a vibrating 2020 Kia Sedona roll into the shop. They posed the question to the community, and with the help of Jamesbellam and others, they were able to resolve the issue quickly.

The following Community Fix summarizes the interaction between members of the community that led to the solution.

2020 Kia Sedona EX

3.3L Eng CD G6DH

Random Steering Vibration

The vehicle’s steering wheel randomly vibrates when going around 50-60mph.

Diagnostic Steps Performed/Parts Replaced
Did a road test to attempt to replicate the issue but was unsuccessful, however, the shaking is clear in the video taken by the vehicle owner experiencing the steering wheel vibration. Re-balanced the tires but because it’s intermittent, this is not the cause. Checked for bad rotors, and seized calipers, but did not find anything. Performed another road test and after driving for a few miles, noticed the front left wheel become really hot.

A front brake caliper was seized and was causing the other side to take over a lot of the breaking to stop the vehicle. When the caliper becomes stuck, it is unable to properly squeeze the brake pads against the rotors, which may cause you to feel some vibrations when you hit the brakes.

Replaced the front caliper. Performed final road test and ensured the vehicle was in proper driving condition.

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About the Author

Abagail Lucero

Abagail Lucero is the Product Marketing Manager for ProDemand. She joined the company in 2011 as a member of the SocialCRM shop marketing team and has served in many roles at Mitchell1, lastly as Security and Compliance Supervisor. Abagail holds a Bachelor of Science degree from California University of Pennsylvania.