Engine Cooling problem
2004 Kia Sorento 6 cyl Four Wheel Drive Automatic 98000 miles
Took my 2004 Kia in for recall work, oil change and had them check the coolant system (thought pump was making noise - turned out to be air conditioning compressor rattling a bit). Got the car back and noticed that it was leaking coolant. Upon inspection found that the small top hose on the left side of the radiator was where the leak was coming from - and the small plastic nozzle on the radiator was broke. Took broken piece out of the hose (carefully pinching it out) and it looked like it had been crushed with a pair of vice grips and gouged to hell - looks like this was done purposely or they just didn't care that they'd broke it - picture attached (what do you think). The whole top of the radiator housing seems to be one plastic piece,but do not think this piece can be replaced individually. I think its part of the core assembly (could be wrong). Either way was not looking forward to having to take this back with a cooling system problem (40 min drive) and have to argue with the service department. The obvious damage to the nozzle really has me steamed up and I'm about ready to go back to the dealership and scream - I know they will try to deny any fault (makes me so mad). Unless anyone has any more civilized solutions... :) Any help would be appreciated (would love to dontate, but am out of work).
Monday, March 29th, 2010 AT 8:03 PM