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P0128 KIA - Coolant Thermostat Malfunction

Repair Importance Level: 3/3
Repair Difficulty Level: 2/3 What does this mean?

Possible causes

  • Leaking or stuck open thermostat
  • Low engine coolant level
  • Insufficient warm up time
  • Faulty engine coolant temperature sensor
  • Engine coolant temperature sensor harness is open or shorted
  • Engine coolant temperature sensor circuit poor electrical connection
What does this mean?

Tech notes

If the cooling system is not leaking and the fluid level is OK, replacing the thermostat usually takes care of the problem.

There is a factory service bulletin for the following Kia models:
2012-2013 Kia Rio
2012-2013 Kia Soul
The Factory Service Bulletin recommends reprogramming the Engine Control Module (ECM) to fix the problem.
What does this mean?

When is the code detected?

The engine coolant temperature does not reach to specified temperature even though the engine has run long enough.

Possible symptoms

  • Engine Light ON (or Service Engine Soon Warning Light)

P0128 KIA Description

Indicates that the thermostat monitor has not achieved the required engine operating temperature within a specified amount of time after starting the engine.
OBDII Code P0128 Kia - Coolant Thermostat Malfunction -

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