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A check engine light can indicate a broad spectrum of problems with your 2008 Kia Optima. In some cases you need to pull over immediately to prevent damage while in others you merely need to tighten you gas cap next time you stop in order to reset the service engine soon light. The video above shows how to locate the on board diagnostics (OBD) plug on your 2008 Optima, how to read the trouble codes and how to reset or clear the check engine light using a scanner on your Optima.
Intermittent Check Engine Light: If the check engine light on your 2008 Optima is intermittent, try to take note of the conditions when this happens. For example, does it happen when you accelerating, driving on the highway or does it appear at low speeds? This will help your mechanic evaluate the issue. Steady Check Engine Light: If your check engine light is on every time you operate your Optima, you need to have it checked as soon as possible, especially if you notice performance problems or unusual noises. Flashing Check Engine Light: If your check engine light is flashing, stop driving your Optima and have it towed to your nearest mechanic - you probably have a very serious problem with your car and you risk ruining your engine by driving it. If you are unsure about what your diagnostic trouble codes mean; have your Optima diagnosed by a professional automotive technician.
Cars burn, leak and otherwise dispense of their oil. Check your level frequently and top up when necessary2007 Kia Optima EX 2.4L 4 Cyl.
Sure you can take it in for a $19 lube, but are you OK with a stripped oil pan and cheap parts in return?2007 Kia Optima EX 2.4L 4 Cyl.
Leaking coolant is usually a sign that your water pump needs to be replaced. This video shows you how to quickly plug it2007 Kia Optima EX 2.4L 4 Cyl.
Dirty cabin air filter cause undue wear on your car's heater and AC and can cause bad odors2007 Kia Optima EX 2.4L 4 Cyl.
The best way to fix leaking hoses is to replace them, but if you don't have time, a stop leak product might work for you2007 Kia Optima EX 2.4L 4 Cyl.
Do you ever get into your friend's car and notice a bad smell? A dirty cabin air filter could be the culprit2007 Kia Optima EX 2.4L 4 Cyl.