Drivers of 2001-02 Sedona minivans built before Aug. 23, 2001, may come up to your front desk with a complaint of a whooping or howling sound from the engine bay when driving in traffic or whenever the air conditioning is turned on.
Kia engineers have traced the problem to the air turbulence created by the blades on the electric cooling fan. A new-design cooling fan assembly, Part No. 0K52Y 15 025B, with a different blade configuration is now available to help eradicate the noise.
"Factory Fixes" is written by Jim DePalma, a 30-year veteran of the auto repair business who has served stints as a service manager, parts manager and ASE-certified technician. His column provides vehicle manufacturers' authentic factory technical service bulletins (TSBs) that have been condensed for easier reading. Mr. DePalma advises that techs always check with a dealer or repair information system for the latest revisions before starting to work on a vehicle. He can be reached via e-mail at [email protected].