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Kia Sedona Electrical Problems



  • I'm beginning to hate this van, and for many of the reasons already posted in this forum.

    We bought it used but it was still under original warranty. The turn signal went out just before 60,000 miles. We had to pay for the bulb and the labor, but it worked after that. Earlier in the fall, the front dash power point and cigarette lighter stopped working, so I had the dealer look into that as well. They fixed it and told me that I had to watch the plugs for my kids' DS to be sure they only went into the power point, and not the lighter. We do not smoke and we have not used the power point since it was fixed. It is no longer working again. A week after having the turn signal replaced, a headlamp also went. My husband replaced that and saved us the labor bill. About a month ago, the kids and I were driving along and the radio station changed on its own. I thought it was odd, but changed it back, and it did it a couple more times. About three weeks ago, the same turn signal stopped functioning again. I called the dealer yesterday and set up an appointment for tomorrow to look into the signal problem. This morning the van won't start at all-just ticks-like an alternator is bad. There is definitely something wrong with this vehicle and its electrical system. The dealer says they can't promise the repairs will be covered, but I will fight for my rights as a consumer because something is truly wrong with this vehicle. I'm beginning to question its safety-what if something shorts out and causes a fire...I'll keep y'all posted. :sick:
  • Hi, did you ever find a resolution to this problem? We have a 2006 Sedona with just under 80,000 miles and is just had this problem with no start. I put the key in and the lights came on as usual, then turned the key and nothing. Lights went out, did not come back on. Battery still has power, the accessory plug I use for the GPS still powers the garmin. No exterior lights, power sliding doors don't work, power tailgate does not work. SO, checked all fuses, all good. Kia service depts are currently closed. Timing is everything. I am going to go and move the parking brake and gear shift and kick the tires. Maybe light a candle and make offerings to the Great Spirit. :mad: :confuse:
  • Bob,

    Did you and David ever figure this out? I have a 2006 Kia Sedona EX (75,000 mi) that does the same thing. Turn the key and all indicator lights come on but engine does not turn over. Have to keep turning key over and over until it eventually starts. Sometimes have to wait 10-15 min. and then will start. Happens 4-5 times a month just out of the blue. Dealer had me replace battery--same problem. Then they replaced IPM (instrument panel module) twice--same problem. They can never replicate the problem in the shop because it is so intermittent. Dealer says there is little they can do unless they can replicate with diagnostic computer hooked up (what are the odds??). They are now corresponding (by email) with Kia Techline to see if maybe it is the ignition switch but are saying it is unlikely. Please let me know if you have any advice.
  • We have had this 2006 Sedona for a few years now and have had to replace the headlights and turn signals 4 times in the last 5 months. I looked at a burned out bulb and noticed what looked like scorch marks on the connector. I brought it to a mechanic friend of mine who I trust and he let me know that if the connections are not tight then the bulb can burn out and leave those marks. The lights work each time I replace the bulb but only for a few weeks. Anyone else getting this problem too?
  • nakamoto2nakamoto2 Posts: 1
    edited May 2011
    Did you ever find a solution to this? My 2006 Kia Sedona is doing this as well as numerous other things.
  • psaddpsadd Posts: 1
    I have a 2004 Sedona 2.9 diesel LE. Every time the battery is removed the ECU-ETACS fails and cannot be revived. I'm about to go to my 8th. Kia's suggestion is change the ETACS but there's clearly an underlying problem with the car. Has anyone had this problem and found the root cause? Auto-electrician quoting £500 just to diagnose the problem and, as I've seen many Sedonas on other fora with the same problem, i feel sure someone, somewhere must have an idea what causes this.
  • lameridethlamerideth Posts: 3
    I did not find a solution, as a matter of fact, I sued Kia using a federal lemon law and got a settlement. It wasnt much, but still helped with the expense of changing lights all the time. Unfortunately(?), my Kia was totalled. AND the air bags failed.
  • have a 2002 sedona the alt fried now door lock button doesnt work and after couple days sitting idle battery is drained
  • jackj59jackj59 Posts: 5
    Ditto on the Turn Signals. And a couple of times - like right now - I take the assembly out and it works! Put it back in... yeah, you get the picture. I also bent the metal tongue that contacts the bulb out, and that did seem to help for awhile. Actually, I think that was the other bulb, so maybe haven't done it yet on the right. So, possibly that's the fix. Definitely worth a try. And since they still work intermittently, it seems quite logical (which is how I came up with the idea the last time). I'll post back if it doesn't fix it.
    Also, I'm far from an expert, but I've only heard about not touching the bulb with your hands if it's a halogen bulb. Is it an issue with non-halogen, too?
  • darren632darren632 Posts: 2
    edited July 2011
    i have a kia sedona 2003 i have just had the engine rebuild as it stoped running and will not start again and now the engine been rebuilt its still not starting. it trnes one time and thats it, its like its killed the batters off. can anyone help me out by this.

    thank you darren :sick: :confuse:
  • darren632darren632 Posts: 2
    i have looked at timing, batter, starter motor, the works and can not see why it will not run
  • The new 2008 Sedona I posted about here 2 years ago had repeated dead batteries, and the replacing the battery didn't help. (The car was in the shop for 22 days in one month due to this problem, and they couldn't figure out why it kept discharging.) For a few months the problem seemed solved, and for various reasons unrelated to that issue, I decided to sell the van when it only had 9K miles on it. I'd bought it with a $5K rebate and haggled, and was able to sell it for only $750 less than I paid for it a year earlier, so I was happy. I disclosed the original battery issue to the buyers and told them I'd had no problems since. They were fine with that. Well, about 3 months after they bought it, they called me and said they were having multiple issues with lights, a/c controls sometimes not working, and the CE light coming on, and their dealer said the van had been modified with aftermarket parts which voided the warranty! I told them no one had touched the van except the dealer I bought it from, and told them to contact the service manager there, who would certainly remember it. They were extremely gracious about it and I never heard from them again, but I have to say, I'm glad I unloaded the thing. KIA really needs to address the electrical problems with this van because it's giving the whole brand a bad name.
  • I posted a couple of months ago re: turn signal. Well, again I bent the contact which helped for a few days, now the same thing. Bulb is still good; I can't figure out where the issue is. Not necessarily the wire, as moving that around doesn't change things. But I take it apart, get it working, put it back in and... But, bulb is still good. Unbelievable...
  • if you google those codes you can find the description, also if you have a manual for your car or a pep boys near by, the manual ussually will give you the knowledge for those codes,let your fingers do the walking.
    google OBD codes and your make and model
  • my battery keeps dieing if i let my van sit for longer than 24 hrs. i have a set of interior,front, door lights that are constantly on,so i took the bulbs out, so the rest of the lights inter, will still work, this seems to have solved the problem.not the only van with this brother has kia with same problem.thinking this is a feature with out dealer thinking it threw, as any thing pulling on your battery while the vehicle is not running will kill the battery in time,24 hrs. time for mine. has any one else been dealing with this, thank you...
  • Interesting! I just changed the 6th bulb on my 2005 Sedona (in four years): two passenger headlights, two drivers side headlights, one tailight and one brake light. I ALSO had to replace the alternator earlier this year.

    Is there a statute of limitations on the federal lemon law?

    (That is very scary that your air bags failed.)
  • Mike,
    I have 2006 Sedona with about 61,000 miles and I am currently having the same exact problem. It did occur to me, on long trips (more then 20 minutes driving) with short stops (car is off for about 15 minutes) is when this problem occurs. It seems that if I let it sit for a bit, maybe to cool down (?) is when it starts again with no problem. Have you had the problem fixed and if so, what was the outcome.
    Thank You,
  • I have the EXACT same problem. Mine is a 2006 Sedona. I have changed out at least 4 headlights within the year. I thought the blinkers/running light was blowing. Now I have figured out that it isn't the bulb. You can pull the bulb out and it starts blinking, put everything back together and it seems to work anywhere from a day to a week, then it goes out again. The crazy thing is, you can shake the bulb and wiring harness and it continues to work, while you have everything torn down. There's no loose connection, no loose bulb; however once everything is assembled back together, it works for a brief time. Dealership is trying to blame it on the type of bulb. This isn't my first run in with problems on our 2006 that was purchased brand new. I believe the first year we had it, it stayed in the shop for about 1-1/2 months troubleshooting another problem. I have said all along that the van has electronic issues or wiring issues, but the dealership refuses to here it. After getting on line, it seems pretty obvious that the kia brand name has issues across the board. Next time I will pay another $5,000-$7,000 and buy a toyota or honda, like I should have done to begin with.
  • It appears that Kia is aware of this. When my 'fixes' didn't work, I took it in and they replaced the blinker assembly (not sure if that's the exact name) at no charge under warranty. So, at least that was good!
  • I have many issues w/ my van, from replacing headlamps to taillights, replaced the transmission.
    Numerous brake issues,the horn never works when i need it !! All safety recalls repaired. Now there is water in my trunk and the black door lining is coming off, also the doors lock and will not open. Problem after problem, and Kia is no help and do not stand by their customers!!! I will not buy Kia again !!
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