2004 Kia Sorento EX 4x4 --- Radiator Fluid Lead

885

Asked by Oct 20, 2013 at 11:36 PM about the 2004 Kia Sorento EX 4WD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My wife's 2004 Kia Sorento had the radiator fluid reservoir replaced w/in the last 6 - 9
months after we saw a puddle of yellowish / green fluid on the garage floor.  Both our
mechanic and the Kia Dealership agreed that it was the reservoir that needed to be
replaced + the A/C assembly, but since our mechanic isn't a licensed Kia mechanic,
we went to the dealership with his recommendation.  Now, a few months later, we're
seeing a puddle on the floor again.

Could the replacement reservoir crack that easily and soon?  Or, is it possible that
there is a hose / grommet that is loose?  We need to get it fixed, not trying to get
around that, but I'd like to have a decent idea of what our mechanic or the Kia
Dealership may say when the get under the hood.  So far, neither have tried to take
advantage of us (had that happen before, elsewhere), but I'd like to have an idea of what
they're saying and not be 100% clueless about what they're telling me.

Any ideas that come to mind, I'm all ears.  Many thanks in advance for any tips, tricks
and thoughts about what may be plaguing the replacement unit.

4 Answers

78,125

Check to make sure the small hose going from the radiator to the recovery tank is properly routed and secure. It may be rubbing on something like the serpentine belt and getting sliced open. That very thing happened to my Nephew on his '98 BMW 528i, twice, before we realized what was going on. HTH. -Jim

2 people found this helpful.
215

Before doing anything , check all the hoses for a small leak. Second check around the water pump.

2 people found this helpful.
885

Thank you Jim and Pedro :)

1 people found this helpful.
78,125

You're welcome. Glad to help. -Jim

Your Answer

Sorento

Looking for a Used Sorento in your area?

CarGurus has 33,568 nationwide Sorento listings starting at $2,250.

ZIP:

Kia Sorento Experts

  • #1
    roc622
    Reputation
    570
  • #2
    Tom Demyan
    Reputation
    490
  • #3
    griprim12
    Reputation
    410
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Hyundai Santa Fe
202 Great Deals out of 16,368 listings starting at $1,600
Used Kia Sportage
230 Great Deals out of 19,283 listings starting at $1,799
Used Toyota Highlander
378 Great Deals out of 49,165 listings starting at $1,000
Used Honda Pilot
398 Great Deals out of 41,684 listings starting at $1,500
Used Honda CR-V
491 Great Deals out of 73,686 listings starting at $1,494
Used Ford Explorer
813 Great Deals out of 65,252 listings starting at $700
Used Chevrolet Equinox
880 Great Deals out of 75,560 listings starting at $1,500
Used Toyota RAV4
424 Great Deals out of 75,705 listings starting at $1,500
Used Nissan Pathfinder
293 Great Deals out of 24,119 listings starting at $1,000
Used Kia Optima
403 Great Deals out of 30,618 listings starting at $1,500

Used Cars For Sale

2019 Kia Sorento For Sale
3,699 listings starting at $23,886
2018 Kia Sorento For Sale
10 Great Deals out of 16,483 listings starting at $18,090
2017 Kia Sorento For Sale
103 Great Deals out of 3,378 listings starting at $14,991
2016 Kia Sorento For Sale
71 Great Deals out of 2,817 listings starting at $11,899
2015 Kia Sorento For Sale
62 Great Deals out of 2,258 listings starting at $8,655

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.