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Hey guys, not sure if this is already been posted, but I’ve been reading a lot about the ticking noise coming from 2011 fortes. My story same as the rest of yours, heard the engine start to tick, take to mechanic, he tells you the car needs a new engine, Kia won’t do anything because it’s a forte and not an Optima, Sorento, or Sportage. Anyway, my question is how many of you continued to drive your Forte after getting the ticking checked out and how long did your Forte last before it kicked the bucket? Just trying to figure out when I’ll need to get a new car. Thanks!
 

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I'll be honest now: I have never owned one of the models with the effected engines, but I have done some research on them.
From what I've read, it seems many have noticed the ticking a few years (2 or 3) before the engine was finally replaced. Also some seem to have gotten them replaced at no cost to them, even though their vehicle was out of warranty (to my knowledge, there was never an official recall, but it seems Kia is being very easy-going with the whole deal)...it might actually be worth your time to see if a dealership will go ahead and confirm if you do have a defective engine (if that is the case).
Kia corporate has been paying for the replacements, not the individual dealer, which makes it much easier to get the dealership to do the procedure. Also I think I read somewhere that the effected engines have had the factory warranty extended to 15 years/150k miles (which could explain why I've read vehicles as old as yours getting them replaced for free even though there was never a recall), so if you have less than 150k, it may still be under warranty if my claim is correct.

I should add I was never aware of the Forte being denied the issue, so hopefully everything I said wasn't completely useless :/
 

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Reading the Quebec facebook group on Kia engine failures, there are a lot of people who have reported that Kia has denied them replacements. I would say Kia has been anything BUT "easy-going". I got mine replaced but it wasn't hassle-free (dealer tried to give me the runaround and I was still $500 out-of-pocket for related components)
 

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Hey guys, not sure if this is already been posted, but I’ve been reading a lot about the ticking noise coming from 2011 fortes. My story same as the rest of yours, heard the engine start to tick, take to mechanic, he tells you the car needs a new engine, Kia won’t do anything because it’s a forte and not an Optima, Sorento, or Sportage. Anyway, my question is how many of you continued to drive your Forte after getting the ticking checked out and how long did your Forte last before it kicked the bucket? Just trying to figure out when I’ll need to get a new car. Thanks!
I own a 2011 Forte EX, and mine has had that tick for several years. My car currently has 240,000km (125,000 miles) on it. The tickets cas progressively gotten worse, to the point that I'm concerned when it will fail. I had read a number of bulletins online and thought I was dealing with a potential timing chain issue. I like the car, so finaly got up the courage to take it to the dealership to see about getting it repaired. Turns out that they think it is scuffing of one of the cylinders. Also turns out that Kia has a bulletin out on this, and although it isn't a recall, they are willing to replace the short block, including associated gaskets and such at no cost to me. The how ever did recommend replacing the timing chains and tensioner. This I agreed with. Those I pay the cost of parts, but not labour because they have to be removed to install the new block. I do have to wait 3-4 weeks for the parts, and will be without the car for a couple of days when the parts arrive. They did say it was safe to drive until then. Of course, if the check engine light comes on, they suggested I park it.
 

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Hey guys, not sure if this is already been posted, but I’ve been reading a lot about the ticking noise coming from 2011 fortes. My story same as the rest of yours, heard the engine start to tick, take to mechanic, he tells you the car needs a new engine, Kia won’t do anything because it’s a forte and not an Optima, Sorento, or Sportage. Anyway, my question is how many of you continued to drive your Forte after getting the ticking checked out and how long did your Forte last before it kicked the bucket? Just trying to figure out when I’ll need to get a new car. Thanks!
I own a 2011 Forte EX, and mine has had that tick for several years. My car currently has 240,000km (125,000 miles) on it. The tick has progressively gotten worse, to the point that I'm concerned when it will fail. I had read a number of bulletins online and thought I was dealing with a potential timing chain issue. I like the car, so finaly got up the courage to take it to the dealership to see about getting it repaired. Turns out that they think it is scuffing of one of the cylinders. Also turns out that Kia has a bulletin out on this, and although it isn't a recall, they are willing to replace the short block, including associated gaskets and such at no cost to me under customer retention/happiness. They how ever did recommend replacing the timing chains and tensioner. This I agreed with. Those I pay the cost of parts, but not labour because they have to be removed to install the new block. I do have to wait 3-4 weeks for the parts, and will be without the car for a couple of days when the parts arrive. They did say it was safe to drive until then. Of course, if the check engine light comes on, they suggested I park it.
Not to hijack the thread but "Gbyceng" I'm in the same boat as you but my dealership isn't playing nicely. Are you in the metro Toronto area and if so could you recommend a more friendly dealer
Afraid I'm out in Halifax. You may want to try communicating with Kia Canada and take it out of the dealerships control. I don't know if it will do any good, but it can't hurt.
 

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I own a 2011 Forte EX, and mine has had that tick for several years. My car currently has 240,000km (125,000 miles) on it. The tick has progressively gotten worse, to the point that I'm concerned when it will fail. I had read a number of bulletins online and thought I was dealing with a potential timing chain issue. I like the car, so finaly got up the courage to take it to the dealership to see about getting it repaired. Turns out that they think it is scuffing of one of the cylinders. Also turns out that Kia has a bulletin out on this, and although it isn't a recall, they are willing to replace the short block, including associated gaskets and such at no cost to me under customer retention/happiness. They how ever did recommend replacing the timing chains and tensioner. This I agreed with. Those I pay the cost of parts, but not labour because they have to be removed to install the new block. I do have to wait 3-4 weeks for the parts, and will be without the car for a couple of days when the parts arrive. They did say it was safe to drive until then. Of course, if the check engine light comes on, they suggested I park it.

Afraid I'm out in Halifax. You may want to try communicating with Kia Canada and take it out of the dealerships control. I don't know if it will do any good, but it can't hurt.
Thanks for the quick reply. I think communicating with Kia Canada will be my next step. Wish me luck
 

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Hey guys, not sure if this is already been posted, but I’ve been reading a lot about the ticking noise coming from 2011 fortes. My story same as the rest of yours, heard the engine start to tick, take to mechanic, he tells you the car needs a new engine, Kia won’t do anything because it’s a forte and not an Optima, Sorento, or Sportage. Anyway, my question is how many of you continued to drive your Forte after getting the ticking checked out and how long did your Forte last before it kicked the bucket? Just trying to figure out when I’ll need to get a new car. Thanks!
Mine was ticking when I bought it at about 30,000km. It has gradually gotten worse over the years, until at 230,000 km I decided it was time to have something done. I didn't really know the cause. I took it to a couple of garages I dealt with an neither would touch it or even investigate. I took it to the dealership in Halifax NS, and they told me there was a client appreciation bulletin on it and that they would replace the short block for me at no charge. They actually changed the oil pump as well. They recommended that I have the timing chain done while apart. I paid for the chain and tensioner, about $210 and they covered all the labour. Car runs quieter now, than it did when I bought it. I'm very happy.
 

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Mine was ticking when I bought it at about 30,000km. It has gradually gotten worse over the years, until at 230,000 km I decided it was time to have something done. I didn't really know the cause. I took it to a couple of garages I dealt with an neither would touch it or even investigate. I took it to the dealership in Halifax NS, and they told me there was a client appreciation bulletin on it and that they would replace the short block for me at no charge. They actually changed the oil pump as well. They recommended that I have the timing chain done while apart. I paid for the chain and tensioner, about $210 and they covered all the labour. Car runs quieter now, than it did when I bought it. I'm very happy.
That's great! Mine goes in next week. Same deal, I paid for a new timing chain and tensioner but not the labour to install. Just goes to show if you find a dealer willing to work with you it can be a relatively painless procedure. I'll post back after the install to let everyone interested know how it went.
 

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Why wouldn't new timing components be considered part of the short block? Simply because it's an OHC engine? Still sounds like a con game for the dealership to me. But keep in mind that I'm a cheap bastard.
 

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Why wouldn't new timing components be considered part of the short block? Simply because it's an OHC engine? Still sounds like a con game for the dealership to me. But keep in mind that I'm a cheap bastard.
Technically because it's an add on part and not part of the reciprocating assembly. Either way, for what it costs it's a good idea to change it in a high mileage engine
 
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