Kia is recalling 167,000 Soul and Seltos vehicles in North America that may need a new (Nu) engine because of improperly heat-treated piston oil rings.
The rings are harder than normal and can chip or scuff the cylinder bore. This could cause a range of problems from excessive oil consumption to a siezed connecting rod bearing and a total loss of power.
And while it's only happened in "limited cases", there's a whole busted connecting rod blasting a hole through the engine block, allowing oil to leak into the exhaust system where it'll catch on fire and burn the car to the ground situation to worry about.…keep reading article "Kia May Need to Replace Nu Engines with Faulty Oil Rings"
Over 379,000 Souls are at risk of burning in eternal damnation … due to damaged catalytic converters and connecting rod failures.
Wait, you knew I was talking about the Kia Soul, right? The automaker has admitted that hot exhaust gas is overheating the catalytic converters. Additionally, piston damage and busted connecting rods can puncture the engine block and let oil leak onto the hot exhaust. In other words, these things are a tinder box and the recall can’t come fast enough.keep reading article "379,000 Souls At Risk of a Fiery Damnation. Kia Souls, That is."
Kia is recalling the 2014-2016 Kia Soul and Soul EV because previous recalls didn’t work.
[The car’s] pinion plugs can allow the pinion gears to separate from the steering gear assemblies. That's king-size trouble for a driver because all steering control will be lost while traveling at any speed.
The [first recall](http://www.kiacomplaints.com /news/2014/kia-recalls-51k-souls/) was made back in 2014 with a follow-up recall the next year. A 3rd recall? It’s time Kia does some Soul searching … you had to know that was coming.keep reading article "Kia Recalls Soul Steering Pinion Problems for the 3rd Time"
Soul and Soul EV vehicles can suffer a complete loss of steering after the steering pinion gear separates.
Over 256,000 Kia Soul cars are recalled to fix problems that can cause a complete loss of steering. The recalled cars include the 2014-2016 Kia Soul and Soul EV that have weak adhesive used to secure the steering pinion gear to the steering gear assembly.
This isn’t the first time Kia has issued a recall for this problem. That’s soul annoying.keep reading article "Steering Pinion Gear Problems Lead to Another Soul Recall"
Kia Recalls 51,000 Souls?
OK, that headline is a bad play on words but the problem prompting the recall is a worse day waiting to happen. The automaker
is recalling over 51,000 model year 2014 Kia Soul cars because the ability to steer the cars could go from good to none. Kia said a plug that secures the pinion gear to the steering gear can loosen and cause a complete loss of steering.
The problem was discovered during an internal investigation opened after three warranty claims. Thankfully there were no crashes reported.keep reading article "Kia Recalls 51,000 Souls"