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Ask Smithy Xtra Kia Carnival engine fault

Asked by Captain Anchovy

I've been told that the Kia Carnival had a serious engine problem with water getting into the sump. Did Kia ever do a recall for this, and was the fault ever fixed?

Answered by CarsGuide

27 Jul 2010 Carsguide.com.au

Kia never recalled the Carnival, instead preferring to rebuild engines as needed. The problem was with the head gaskets of the early cars and Kia’s approach was to replace the head gaskets when the engine was rebuilt, but some owners report having the rebuilt engine fail as well. That suggests the fix wasn’t altogether successful.

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