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Kia Rio Electrical issues

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  • My wife was driving her 2003 Kia Rio Cinco yesterday afternoon when it suddenly died. She had only traveled about 10 miles, and it was still daylight. She said the car lost all electrical power (no lights, would not turn over, nothing). She said she tried it several times and was about to give up when suddenly, it turned over and started. I looked for anything obvious (loose battery cables, wires, fuses, etc) and she had the local parts store put it on the computer analyzer. Nothing came up. The car was a fleet car and we bought it from the dealership with 11000 miles on it. Has anyone else had this happen?
  • My Daughter just purchased a 2001 Kia Rio.It is running a little rough so we took it in to have the codes read.According to the shop the P code is"cpkl" which apparently is the fuel injectors.When I pulled the middle 2 connections from the injectors it didn't make a difference on the way it run.I have tried injector cleaner but no help.Could it possibly be a bad injectors or a fault signal to the injectors.Could someone please help.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,116
    You can buy an inexpensive "noid light" to test for injector pulse.

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  • I bought a used 2006 rio about 3 months ago. It has less than 50000 miles.The battery has drained on me 2 times. The first time I was at home so it wasn't a big deal. I have 24hour roadside assistance with my insurance so someone came to jump it and I drove it to the dealer. They said the battery was drained and they recharged it. I didn't know what had caused it to drain. I thought maybe door wasn't closed all the way and the interior lights were on or something so I set all of them to off so they don't come on when you open the door. It's been 2 months and I was leaving walmart and the engine died when I was trying to leave. I turned it off and restarted it. I was halfway backed into the aisle and it died again. I tried to restart and it wouldn't start. So waited a few seconds and tried again. It started but I could feel the power fading so I just coasted the car back into the parking space. I had my sleepy hungry baby and all my groceries in the car. I had to wait an hour for a tow truck to take the car to the dealer and for someone to pick me and the baby and all our groceries up and bring us home. I'm waiting to hear back from the dealership. I don't want them to just charge the battery again and give it back so I can have the same problem in another 2 months when I have my baby with me. Does anyone know if there is a recurring problem with the batteries or alternator or starter? If other people have had the same problems what did you ultimately have to do to fix it? I do not want this to happen again..
  • I have been experiencing the same issue. My battery has drained on me at least 4 times in the past week. Did you ever figure out what caused the problem?
  • I bought a used 2006 rio about 3 months ago. It has less than 50000 miles.The battery has drained on me 2 times. The first time I was at home so it wasn't a big deal. I have 24hour roadside assistance with my insurance so someone came to jump it and I drove it to the dealer. They said the battery was drained and they recharged it. I didn't know what had caused it to drain. I thought maybe door wasn't closed all the way and the interior lights were on or something so I set all of them to off so they don't come on when you open the door. It's been 2 months and I was leaving walmart and the engine died when I was trying to leave. I turned it off and restarted it. I was halfway backed into the aisle and it died again. I tried to restart and it wouldn't start.

    Same problems, except my battery was totaly ruined. Today I have 5th battery in my car within one (1) year.

    I really liked KIA. But after this experience, I'm not sure about their cars at all.
  • I have 2004 Kia Rio, it die for no reason, you can hear the starter click but nothing else all the lights come on and radio plays but thats all. I put a computer on it and it brought up the codes for a malfunctioning crankshaft sonser and gear 3 inproper ratio. Well I replace the sensor and checked the battery and starter and both passed. A freind said it was the ingintion, on the drivers side, where it goes in the barrrel, it make just shut off and the reason the it wont start is because the starter is not getting enough power. Has anyone had the same problem.
  • erokzokerokzok Posts: 2
    I've had my Rio since it was new back in 2002. Never had any real problems until a year ago the check engine light came on. I got out the code reader and it says it's: evaporative system fuel vent valve circuit open. I've changed the charcoal canister and all the solenoid valves around the gas tank. yet i still , even after clearing the code, get the check engine light to come on. the gas cap has already been replaced too. Does anybody know of any issues with this problem? I cant smog my car until its fixed and the dealer wants too much money to diagnos the problem yet alone fix it.
  • tighten your gas cap; i have the same problem, the first time the dealership told me i needed to have the factory issued gas cap instead of the locking gas cap i purchased, the first time the check engine light went on i had to pay $150 to get the light cleared, only to find that if i tightened my gas cap to clear the light. Something to keep in mind is that some auto parts stores will check the diagnostic lights for free.
  • reddrocrreddrocr Posts: 1
    Same exact thing just happened to me. What was the final cost to repair everything? I'm on a tight budget and need to start saving. Thanks for any info.
  • erokzokerokzok Posts: 2
    I haven't fixed it yet. I am also on a tight budget and I can't afford it yet. I think it is in either the computer or wiring harness. there is an upgrade for the ECM but in order to have that done you have to bring the car in with a "no check engine light" status. I've replaced everything that has to do with vapor return. (ie:charcoal canister, pressure relief solenoids., ect)
  • kg74kg74 Posts: 1
    edited April 2010
    I have a 2004 Rio, a couple of months ago my driver side window got stuck in the down position. My mechanic replaced the window motor and i've had no problems until the other day when i went to unlock the car with the remote enrty key the locks went up and down a couple of times then unlocked, the next day i drove to work and when i turned the ignition off the doors locked and now they will not unlock and stay unlocked. The driver's door will not unlock or open now and the other doors you have to pull up the button and quickly open the door before it locks again. Has anybody had problem like this or have any suggestions. Thank you
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  • Ok i saw your message i have the same car, but an 03 and i would never buy another kia ever this car is a money pit.
    I had my battery die in 2008 i think i bought another from an auto parts store luckly it quit,but was under warranty and i went to the same store and bought an extreme weather battery like $70 havent had any trouble and the starter was replaced in dec 09 a piece of advice any auto part store can test your starter or altenator for free i had my starter replaced by firestone havent had any trouble since.
  • fiumandfiumand Posts: 1
    I have a disfunctional starter, it is new and has the same problem I had before, its not the atarter then, nor the solinoid, the battery is c harged, what gost lurks down there???? help!!!!!!
  • djv0905djv0905 Posts: 2
    edited May 2011
    This may be a little late for some of you. I have experienced close to the same problem on my 2006 Kia Rio5.

    For me my battery keeps draining and jumping the car it would start right up.

    First problem I noticed...
    I had replaced both bulbs for my tail lights after one burned out and now the tail lights will not turn off if I keep the day lights switch on. So I turned off the lights completely and turn the lights on manually at night. I may buy my bulbs from the dealer and see if that solves this problem, but for now keeping the lights off until i need them is fine.

    My other problem...
    A short in the batteries negative cable. I would have power inside the car but the car will not start. By connecting the negative battery terminal to the frame with jumper cables the car would start right up. I had to replace the negative ground wire ($61 from the dealer - auto parts store do not and can not order the part).

    I have had no problems since I did both of these things (only been a few weeks, so I will see).
  • riokia2004riokia2004 Posts: 1
    I got the same exact problem. Since few day I was experiencing the problem and it used to start after trying for 5-10 mins. Now it is not starting at all and I can hear the starter click sound and light, indicators and alert sounds etc., Please let me know how you fixed it, my car is in my parking lot and not starting up.
  • djv0905djv0905 Posts: 2
    edited May 2011
    My car would jump start right away when I hooked it up to another vehicle. My problem was a bad connection in the negative cable from the battery, I could get enough power to run lights and such but not start the car.

    Corrosion build up on your terminals can cause you to lose connection. In my case there was no corrosion at all on the terminals. I connected one end of my jumper cables to the negative terminal on the battery and clamped the other end (of the same color) to a bolt on the frame of the car (any metal on the car will do - the battery is actually bolted to a metal bracket under the battery tray). My car would start right up with no problems when I did this. After replacing the negative cable coming off the battery, I havent had any problems at all with my car battery draining and starting.

    If you can try connecting the jumper cables to the negative terminal and then grounding the other end to the car and it starts right up then you will need to replace the negative cable on the battery (have to have a charged battery to do this of course). You can by a generic cable from an auto parts store (Kia uses 4 gauge wire) for about $5 us for a 20" cable. There is a bolt on the battery tray that has a bracket to hold the battery. That bolt holding the bracket is also screwed into the same bracket under the battery tray that the original negative cable is bolted to so will not cause you any problems
  • sufan1sufan1 Posts: 1
    I am having the same problem as #14. Did you ever find out why. I need to get my car inspected and it won't pass with this problem
  • Greetings

    My daughter’s 2001 Kia Rio has intermittent starting problems. It may start 10 times in a row however on the 11th try NOTHING. Will not turn over or anything else. The battery is strong but apparently each time it has not started she had it boosted and it started. Makes no sense to me as battery is good.

    I have it in my driveway, started a few times no problem but now will not start, as I said will not even turn over, sounds like an ignition problem to me but I am a novice. Any advice would be appreciated.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,116
    I'd tighten up and clean the battery cables--they may look clean but may not be. My other suspicion would be the starter relay, and my third guess the ignition switch. Here are some tests you can try but ONLY when the "no start" happens.

    Switch on the headlights and turn the key...do the headlights dim? If you you have battery or cable issues..if not, then relay or ignition switch issues I'd guess.

    To test the relay you'd need to get a test light and hook it up to the relay (which usually sits on the starter motor and is called the starter solenoid)--you're hooking it up to the + from the ignition switch. If you turn the key and it lights up, then it's the solenoid...if you turn the key and it doesn't light up, then either the ignition switch or the wiring going to it.

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  • Thanks I am going to give your suggestions a try
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,116
    edited November 2011
    Good luck...the fact that the car starts with a jump isn't a real clue, because a surge in backup amperage with two batteries could overcome corrosion or electrical resistance on a bad relay.

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  • I bought a Kia Rio in 2001 have it still 145000 miles on the clock I had starter problems simpler to yours so I opened the staring column to get in at the back of the ignition switch the switch is held in by one screw it was loose so sometimes when you turn the key the switch would not turn all the way it only happened sometimes went on for over a year had starter off and checked hope this helps
  • 03 kia rio it will start and run but then once it is warm and you shut it down it wont start again until it has cooled off again. Its like there is a constant draw on the starting system.
    So far we have checked the following
    battery it is showing 12.7 amps not running and 13.7amps running
    changed the cooling fan sensor, fan will not run
    any ideas or anyone with similar problems
  • I have a 04 rio automatic with engine light probs every now & then, Mech. told I should replace gas line fr. tank to front. It prob. has a pinhole in line and that can cause light to come on . I bought car last year. Also the 2 prev. owners had my car in for reg. check-ups and what I can find they never had a single major problem with it.It has 170,00.00 Kil. on it and I put 10,000.00 of those Kil.on[ hwy kil.] Thanks good motoring
  • Hi 04 rio owners I want to drive from nova scotia to Calgary about 5,200.00 Kilom. I would like suggestions whether or not to try it. Car has 170,000.00 kilom. should I change timing belt first [was changed at 100,00 kil.] and there is still 30,000.00 left on it. Has anybody put that many kilom. on one please let me no thanks.
  • dchevdchev Posts: 38
    Hi guys and gals,

    I have 2012 Kia Rio5 SX with Nav system.
    I had an issues with blue tooth of the nav system, so dealer replaced it with another unit. I have the feeling that this unit is refurbished, so I have request to all of you who have Nav Systems in your Rios.
    Please post Firmware Model, Map Model, and Nav App Model of your Nav systems.
    I will really apreciate it!

    It is very easy to find out all information about Nav system in our Rios.
    1. use "set up" button on the right side of the screen.
    2. use "main" button on the screen.
    3. use " system info" button on the screen.
    Thus, you can see all information!
    This is what I have got for my Nav system:

    Firmware ver.: UB.USA.M1.110525.020
    Nav app ver.: UB.USA.SOP.001.110523
    Map Ver.: USA.04.05.26
    Also, could you share if you have two dots on the side of CD slot where you insert the CD that the lights are on. I have two dots on the side of CD slot; however, only the dot on the left is switched on all the time.

    Thanks, DM
  • Hi
    I've got some starting issues with my 2006 Rio5 manual car. Sometimes, when I turned the key, there's nothing going on under the hood, just as if the battery was out. Except it's not, it scored around 12 volt on the voltmeter when I checked it, and the first time it happened, I tried to boost it with a boost pack and it wouldn't do a thing ... After a while though, it may start for no appearing reason. The first time it happened, I couldn't start my car for 2 days. I was then checking with a voltmeter if the electricity was good in every component of the engine when it revved up out of the blue. I'm pretty affirmative that the voltmeter I was using is not the solution here. Just to check, I unplugged the voltmeter and tried to start again my car with no result. It's only when I plugged back the voltmeter on the wire I was testing that it started once more. It has then started regularly for 2 weeks, but the sh** happened again this week-end. I drove my car for 5 min to the gas station (it had started perfectly), but after i filled up, it wouldn't start back. I waited 15 min and then it started. When I got home, i couldn't get it to start back until this morning ...

    THIS is pretty annoying as I can't rely on my mean of travel ... Has someone had the same trouble here??? Do you have a clue on what the problem could be?? I spent a whole day in a garage but the car would start every damn time the mechanic tried it ... was pretty upsetting!!

    Thanks in advance
  • Well, I leased a 2012 Kia Rio almost 3 months ago. I have a huge problem with the Active Eco feature. (Don't know if it's an electrical problem....) When the engine idles it switches off and is supposed to come back on when the break pedal is lifted. Our engine does NOT always come back on. Very dangerous when in traffic. (I usually am when in my car!) I know the feature can be switched off, but it has to be switched off every time you start the car, and I don't always remember.

    Am taking to the dealership tomorrow, but I wonder if I will be taken seriously, especially if the problem doesn't duplicate during a test drive.
    Anyone else experienced this with the Rio?
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