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Kia Sportage battery and electrical Problems

i have a 99 kia sportage. my problem is sometimes when i go to start my car i turn the key and it goes to start a little then the whole battery goes completely dead! its a new battery. and we have done battery/alternator tests i don't know whats the matter any help would be appreciated.


  • Hello mlgarbinsky,

    Interesting. This just happened to me today! I have a 99 as well just getting ready to turn 100K. I turned the key and nothing happened. I turned it again and it started. I drove about 5 miles then the engine light came on so I came home and parked it. I turned the key a few minutes later and it would not start and will not start. All dash lights are on however the starter will not engage and I hear no click. Battery is fine. I am going to check the starter later if the weather improves. I need help too:~(. Thank you in advance.

  • Problem solved. I tested the wire that engages the starter solenoid which is built into the starter. This wire has a simple push in connector. I put a 12 volt test light on it and the light glowed when I turned the key. I cleaned the contact on the starter with fine sand paper and cleaned both the push in connector as well as the contact on the starter with contact cleaner and have not had a problem since. In my opinion this connector should have been designed a little more weather proof since it is low on the engine and un-protected.

  • orzechtorzecht Posts: 1
    I have a 2000 sportage Kia and recently changed the battery. Now the alarm goes off when I open it and does not go off when I put the key in the ignition. Is there a relay or reset procedure that I can do to silence the alarm?
  • kia6kia6 Posts: 1
    The radio does not get electrical power. Where and what should I be looking for to fix the problem? The fuse is good in the fuse box. Is there a reset breaker some where for the radio? Any help to fix the problem would be appreciated.
  • lmp4lmp4 Posts: 188
    ... the alarm goes off when I open it and does not go off when I put the key in the ignition..
    ..I guess that means the alarm starts sounding when opening a door and keeps sounding even when the key is inserted in the ignition...Is your car equipped with a remote door lock? That complaint comes rather frequently but I do not remember someone coming with his solution once found out; ...
    check with and look for information about ETAC module..however I did not find a reset procedure..
    anyway come back with your solution once the problem is resolved...
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  • hey i have the same problem with power to the whole dash. did you find out what was wrong
  • Hi,

    my KIA Sportage 4X4, build 2000 has an issue with the alarm system. The alarm goes on after having locked the car which can be instantly or after some time. Any thought how to fix it or at least disable the system because right now I cannot lock my car because it bothers everybody.


  • arifiarifi Posts: 1
    i have KIA CLARUS 2000 SLX. i have a lot of problem even there trained technicians are unable to solve.
    when i am starting it will start with huge sound and the niddle will be at around 2.
    the spares parts are not available we have to search too much even with their appointed dealers...
  • gallego8gallego8 Posts: 1
    HI maybe this helps. I did not know my 2000 kia had an alarm, it must be a factory anti theft device, I realized it started after locking my car through the passenger door instead of the drivers side first. try this:
    1 after driving your car while park, leave the front passenger and driver's door open
    2 shut the ignition off
    3 with the ignition off, shut the passenger door
    4 start the car with the drivers door open
    5 close the drivers side door while the car is running
    6 shut the ignition off with the two doors closed
    7 exit car as normally would do
    8 lock car using master lock on drivers side
  • I have a 99' Sportage 2WD 4-cyl. Currently, after a series of other repairs, it has finally been narrowed to no power reaching the fuel injectors. My mechanic is saying that now he needs to figure out if it is a short or the computer. He has had my car disassembled for over a month, so now I want to see if I can do it myself. Please help. (Also, it has been doing the random alarm stuff I have read in previous posts. Initially, I thought it was a faulty alarm because it would go off when I unlocked the doors as oppose to locking the vehicle.)
  • I have had my battery changed 3 separate times and the car keeps ruining them. I took the car to the shop and had the battery and alternator tested. Both test good at the time if testing. I recently fixed a bad headlight ground and was assured by the garage that it is not the cause of the issue. Please help me!!! What other reason could cause the battery to go dead all the time?
  • Some time when I turn key . nothing happens. Then after Sometime 3 trys it will finally start right up. Then If driving and i Turn car off and try to start it takes several times of turning key before anything happens. It like a relay or something is not allowing any power to starter. have replaced battery, alternator. and am wondering if there is some sort of relay between my key ignition and starter that may need replaced.. Help.
  • Had same issue with a 1997 Sportage. I believe they had to replace the ground cable on my battery. Grounding problems seem to be a common Sportage fault.
  • Having had my 2001 sportage for a little over a month now, I had similar problems.

    1) Check your "back gate open" lock. make sure it is turned all the way to the left. I know that the back gate open dash light may not be on, but this seems to be weird in mine.

    2) When I th9ought the battery was dead, I went to jump it. no sooner than I connected the negative cable when the alarm went off, and the car started fine. I also noticed that the check engine light, which has been on since I bought the car, is now off. May come on again later. It did this when I had the alternator checked.

    3) I am taking it to a mechanic today. I'm thinking that it has something to do with a sensor. i wish I woulda read more about the sportage before I bought it.

    I'll let you know what they think, though honestly, based on what I'm reading, this car is full of boogers and spooks. No one seems to really know what the answer ever is...

    I'll keep you posted!
  • My 2008 sportage is certifiably insane. Upon removing the key, it will occasionally spaz out, with windows going up and down, locks flipping, lights flashing.

    The day I brought it home, the battery died. It goes dead at least once a week. After 3 batteries, I don't think that's the problem.

    Tonight I drove it home, had dinner, went to put it in the garage, and the battery was dead. In less than an hour. 30 seconds on the charger and it started.

    I have despaired of the dealership fixing it. They can not find a problem. The next time they say "you must have left the lights on" someone is going to loose a tooth.

    This thing is, in fact, a piece of garbage. I don't want to trade it in because I'd feel guilty pawning it off on some other unsuspecting fool. It is pathetically underpowered, gets terrible mileage, and is generally a crap chunk.

    On the other hand, my 1999 Sephia, although almost completely rusted away (I think the seat belts are the only thing holding it together) runs beautifully. I let it sit for a year (whilst swearing at this Sportage). One day, in too much of a hurry to again recharge the Sportage, I got into the Sephia, tapped the key, and away we went!.

    How a car company can make something as reliable as a Sephia and then produce something like the Sportage escapes me. They stopped making the Sephia, but push the Sportage. I thought only American car companies were that stupid.

  • immelimmel Posts: 2
    Darn. I have a 2001 and mine does the same thing. I was not given a keyfob when i bought the car from a private owner. Car is in emmaculate condition, just no keyfob. I tried your combination of things you published here, but it didn't work. I then tried a combination of things and still nothing works. :( I'll keep searching.
  • immelimmel Posts: 2
    Did you ever find what to do on this issue? I have a 2001 and mine is doing the same thing. I too cannot lock it so I don't bother everyone. :(

    Thank you in advance

  • I have a 2001 Kia Sportage, It will not start. I replaced the ignition switch as other had a short in it and had to keep jiggling the key or lift up on it when trying to start my Kia. . Right before the switch totally quit working when doing this My starter made a slow noise like it was trying to engage. Noise lasted about 3=4 seconds.Then would not turn noise at all. Removed the starter had it tested and found starter was bad.Replaced it with new. My dilema is all my power works when I turn key on (windows, fan blower, wipers, lights ect. But starter will not turn over. I don't get a click or any sound when I turn the key. Starter has power to it.. Is there a relay or something that may have shorted out? My battery has good amperage. All fuses good. need help. Thanks
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