How would I know if my used car ever had the engine replaced?

I have a 2015 Kia Optima with severe engine problems. I just found out there was a recall in 2017 and Kia replaced a bunch of engines. How can I tell if mine was replaced?

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  • JJ
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    A red dipstick is a replaced engine, orange means it was inspected and passed. Yellow is the original dipstick if it is yellow then you are being lied to.

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  • J
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    It's a Kia, so................the odds are high.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Any mechanic will quickly see if the majority of the engine bolts have been reworked.

    If engine was replaced under recall, any Kia dealer can tell you from the VIN lookup.

    https://owners.kia.com/content/owners/en/recalls.h...

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  • Scott
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    A Kia dealer could check your VIN and see if Kia replaced the engine.

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  • JetDoc
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Your friendly local KIA dealer should be able to look up the service records on your car.

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  • Pearl
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    ask the person you bought it from

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    If the engine looks new like it just came out of the factory, it has been replaced.

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  • 2 months ago

    Per cars.com there has not been any safety recalls on the 2015 Kia Optima.

    But to confirm, you can use the NHTSA website to see if your specific car has a recall:  https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls

    I believe you are referring to the 2015 Kia Soul which does have a recall.

    If you find your car has a recall, you can take it to a dealer to see if the repair has been made or not.  If not, they will schedule an appointment with you to get the repair done. 

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  • .
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Take it to a dealer.  They can tell.  Your car has a 10 yr/100,000 mile warranty on the engine and transmission. 

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