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Broken Differential

Discussion in 'Engine, Drivetrain, and Exhaust Discussion' started by JimB, Aug 20, 2018.

  1. JimB

    JimB United States Active Member

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    Had a horrible issue Saturday. My right rear tire just locked up. Turns out I had a major malfunction in the differential. My service rep says its in many pieces. They were unable to find record of another such failure at this time. Anyone hear of a rear end coming apart yet?
     
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  2. Dennis

    Dennis Singapore Active Member

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    Wow this is probably the first case. This is probably due to manufacturing defect or otherwise;)

    Any symptom before this? Whining or loud operating noises? Maybe good for our knowledge too.
     
  3. STINGER

    STINGER Bahrain Active Member

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    Sounds dangerous, I hope this doesn't become a common issue.
     
  4. Stinger GT SS

    Stinger GT SS Australia 1000 Posts Club!

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    How many miles on the car & build date?
    Is it 3.3L?
    When it locked up had you been driving long?
    We’re you driving hard ie: high loading for long periods of time?
    Did the tech. say whether oil was present at inspection/strip down?
    Diff gearing may not have been hardened properly, during assembly it may have been over shimmed making it tight.
     
  5. stinger1168

    stinger1168 United States Active Member

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    WOW! REALLY?!?! What engine do you have? And is it rear wheel drive or all wheel drive?
     
  6. xot1

    xot1 Korea, Republic of Stinger Enthusiast

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    Never heard of a single case in 1year+ of reading korean forums.
     
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  7. Terra

    Terra Australia Active Member

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    Wow that is concerning.

    I'm also asking all the above questions.

    Keep us updated please.
     
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  8. Paul32

    Paul32 United States Stinger Enthusiast

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    Looking at the profile, it's a v6 GT.
     
  9. StungBlueGT2

    StungBlueGT2 United States Stinger Enthusiast

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    Wow this is very concerning as I just started noticing a strange sound coming from the rear end of my Stinger.:eek:

    I know some LSD (Limited Slip Differential)’s will make minor noises when making sharp turns, but it seems to be getting a little worse. Now you got me thinking it may not be normal and should have the dealer check it.:unsure:

    So same question, did you feel or hear anything different leading up to it? Can I have your dealership name in case I need to reference your experience?

    Thanks for posting and any extra info is greatly appreciated.
     
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  10. westcoastGT

    westcoastGT 2500 Posts Club!

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    if you were "abusing " your car dont admit here , they'll be looking for "alternate truth"
     
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  11. Paul32

    Paul32 United States Stinger Enthusiast

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    Nurse it for a few days. Just so we can get it to WPB.
     
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  12. BlaydeX15

    BlaydeX15 United States Active Member

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    He was coasting at 65, and has never gone above the speed limit... Right?

    FWIW, if it's a unique problem, it can be traced to this post. Without this post, you're slightly more anonymous.
     
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  13. eflyguy

    eflyguy United States 1000 Posts Club! Staff Member Moderator

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    [​IMG]

    (not making light of this, Jim - Kia will take care of it. Just glad it didn't result in further damage or injury!)
     
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  14. DiabloStinger

    DiabloStinger United States Active Member

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    one car out of thousands is not a common issue. come on now.
     
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  15. Bryan2.0

    Bryan2.0 United States Active Member

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    It’s a sport sedan, you should be able to use it for what it was engineered for.
     
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  16. westcoastGT

    westcoastGT 2500 Posts Club!

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    ..............you know what I mean :sneaky::thumbup:
     
  17. StungBlueGT2

    StungBlueGT2 United States Stinger Enthusiast

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    So I hate to say it but I may be the second case of a failed differential.:cry:

    I described my symptoms to my Kia service tech and he told me to bring it in right away. I just got word that the differential failed all their tests and Kia headquarters told them to replace the whole rear axle. It’s on order and may be a week or two before I get my car back.:thumbdown:

    I didn’t think it was possible but I’ve never missed a car more in my life! Its only been a few days and I’m already having Stinger withdraws. Lol.

    At least my Kia dealership uses Enterprise for loaners and gave me a brand new 2019 BMW X3. Hard to complain but my GT2 is soooo much nicer and more loaded than the Bimmer. Never thought I’d say those words, and who would have thought I’d be spoiled from a Kia!;)

    Hope nobody else has this problem, but suggest bringing it in immediately if you have any similar issues.
     
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  18. WildBill

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  19. Jerry

    Jerry United States Newish Member

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    So far no problem with mine yet :unsure: *Knock on wood
     
  20. StungBlueGT2

    StungBlueGT2 United States Stinger Enthusiast

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    I first noticed a slight whinnying sound from the rear-end when turning while reversing and making u-turns. My old Trans-Am had PosiTrac(same as Limited Slip Differential) and used to make similar sounds so I didn’t think it was a problem. However the sound suddenly got worse and this week I felt & heard a “clunk” while reversing & turning out of a parking spot. I immediately called my Kia tech and he told me to come in. Last symptom was on the way to the dealership while merging onto the highway. As I accelerated onto a wide sweeping on ramp the car suddenly pushed harder to the left, but corrected when I let off the gas. As soon as I gave it throttle it pushed left again like it had AWD understeer. Only other way to describe it was that it was giving more power to the back right wheel on throttle.

    It actually scared me and glad I was able to make it to the dealership before I had a similar problem as the OP.

    I’m not trying to alarm anyone and reiterate that it’s a very very rare issue. I do absolutely love my Stinger, but this isn’t something to take lightly and again suggest contacting Kia if any similar symptoms arise.
     
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