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Kia Sportage Maintenance and Repair



  • pregoprego Posts: 1
    Every so often my Sportage just WILL NOT start. I took my Sportage to the dealer two days ago but they couldn't find the problem. I have a brand new [diehard] battery, but once in a while the car is dead. I put the key in the ignition and all the icons that are supposed to illuminate will come up but when I turn the key to start-it, nothing happens. I will come back--let's say--two hours later, it will start immediately (as if nothing had ever gone wrong). Sometimes I have to wait two days for it to start. It has nothing to do with weather or relative atmospheric humidity. It just does it once in a while (every 6 months or so). The dealer checked the alternator and they say that it is fine. They did clean all the connections to the alternator. I brought the car home from the dealer went inside to get some stuff to run errands. I came out about 15 minutes later and the car wouldn't start!!!!!! I love this car but I need one that can be depended on to start. Any ideas? I'm going to bring it to a new repair place if I can get it started.
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Manson, WAPosts: 7,237
    once that would do this and I had to get out, open the hood and bop the starter solenoid with a screwdriver's head a few times. Then I'd hop back in and the little ponycar would fire right up!

    It is worth trying anything and everything now so try it(I don't know if the Sportage's have starter solenoids, sorry)or ask the dealer about starter solenoids, or any other part that has starting your Sportage in it's job description. Your dealer is supposed to be able to help you in these types of matters. Post back what you find out. I own a '01 Kia Sportage 4x4 with 124,900 miles, so I'm keenly interested in what you find out. Good fortune to you, prego.

    2011 Kia Soul Sport 5-speed

  • I recently bought a '95 Sportage 4x4 4dr. base Mdl. and the ABS light is always on. I ran the diagnostics (9 flashes) and was directed to check out the speed sensor & ABS Control Unit. Speed sensor ckd. out OK. To my surprise, when I removed the padded panel beneath the stearing column, there was no ABS Control Unit! I called the dealer and gave them my VIN# and they told me my ar did NOT have ABS??? Why is the ABS light on in the dash if it does not have ABS? Anyone???
  • I leased a 1998 Kia Sportage. During my ownership of this
    vehicle the right front fender treatment (which was painted
    a different color than the car) paint started to peel off.
    I brought the car back to the dealer and they replaced it
    at no charge. After that incident the other 3 fender treatments and the rocker panel treatments began to experience the same problems with the paint peeling off. I did not have them repaired as I was about to turn the car in due to lease end. At the time of turn in to the dealer this problem was noted by the dealer. They have tried to collect damages from me for this problem and I refuse to pay! Does anyone know of articles that have been published concerning this problem?
  • angypiangypi Posts: 1
    I own a 2006 V6 4x4 and it is an awesome SUV. I do not know why you experienced this problem. However, I would not it deter you from them as they are great.
  • Thanks for the tip
    I went on the KIA site, did everything up to the page with all the different sections of control unit, click on one of those,"now downloading" appears, then nothing happened.
    Any suggestions?
  • In 1998, my husband and I had a 1998 Kia Sportage with defective paint problems. The dealership actually had a guy come down from NJ. He inspected our Kia and determined the paint was defective from factory and they replace the vehicle with a new 2000 Kia Sportage. He told us they could try and repaint the vehicle but under warranty we would just be back again with paint problems before the warranty was up and they would then have to keep repainting the vehicle. It was easier to just replace the defective one. The dealer needs to have someone come in and inspect this paint job from Corporate then the dealership would get their money. You shouldn't be responsible for this defect. It took him six weeks before he could look at it but he flew in to MD from NJ to inspect it. He was a ex-paint specialist from Dodge Motor Corp.

    Contact: Kia Motors America, Inc. Eastern Region, 3000 Atrium Way, #400, Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054 Phone: 1-888-886-3228, Opt. #2. This was on his business card.
  • mrsj1mrsj1 Posts: 1

    I urge you NOT to purchase a 2006 Kia sportage. We bought one last feb and are in the process of completing paperwork to pursue a Lemon Law case. Our 2006 sportage stalls in traffic.... without warning. It is an usafe vehicle. Ours has been in the shoppe for repairs 3 times. the first time, they said it was a clogged thing a ma jig.... which they claimed to have fixed and guaranteed the issue was resovled. Within 1 week we were back for the SAME stalling issue... this time they replaced the throttle and said it was fixed... this lasted for about 2.5 months and it stalled again. I drive my children in this car... everytime i go thru and intersection, i hold my breath wondering if the engine is going to stall and will this be the time we get hit!! It is a horrible car... cute, but not safe.
  • Hi!
    Just had a similair problem. I have a 2000 Sportage. In the past 2 months i had to have them replace the spark pulled. One came unthreaded (almost blew out of the cyclinder) and melted/bent over and was causing a small fire each time it sparked. We fixed that $400 and then about a week later, i couldn't seem to get it past 45mph on the highway. Turned out to be a clogged catalytic converter. Going to cost $1700 to fix because Kia decided to make theirt converter in two pieces. Very spendy! I have had the car since 2002 and since then i have always had the check engine light on, replaced a fan clutch, sensor in the drive shaft, mechanical/spark plug issues and now the cat probs.
    Good luck!
  • My 2006 Sportgage has less than 8,000 miles on it. Lately, I am having sporadic starting problems. It justs cranks and won't start. I have to shut it off, try again and actually hit the gas pedal right as I stop turning the key. Ridiculous. I had a Sorento for 3.5 years and never had a problem like this. It's not the cold. My garage is 55 degrees in the winter and today it was 60+ outside. Yesterday it was 60. It wouldn't start twice today. I buy my gas the same place I've bought my gas for 2.5 years. It's not pinging or shuddering when I turn it off so it's not bad gas. I live in Colorado so it's not humidity or condensation(at least that seems unlikely). I also noticed it smells extremely rich when I start it, but no check engine light. I'm calling the dealer tomorrow only so they can tell me they can't duplicate the problem or tell me what's wrong with it. Anyone else have this problem please email me.
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
    please email me

    Let's keep the discussion here so we can all learn and benefit! :)

    tidester, host
  • I got my 1st sportage, brought it home, got to looking at the paint it had dings all on the front of the hood. After they 'rubbed' the paint there were swirl marks. After a weeks 'discussion' they decided to trade it for another truck. 2 months into having this one, it stalled in traffic, almost getting me ran over by a semi. Cat converter clogged. They replaced that. Then the relay switch went out. Replaced that. Then air flow went out. Now, the check engine light comes on when its cranked. After being on for about 10 mins it goes off. Turn it off, its back on for another 10 mins. Had the 30k mile service done yesterday, the light is still on! The guy in the service dept said he's never seen one vehicle with so many problems. Seems to me they would find the problem and fix it before returning the vehicle to me after paying them 520$$ to 'fix' my truck! So my question is, is it the truck or the service dept??? Or maybe both. Either way, I'll never buy another Kia or recommend to any one to purchase one. :lemon:
  • I also have a 2000 Kia Sportage and my engine light stays on all the time. I was advised that I need to replace the Exhaust Manifold & Exhaust Manifold Gasket & O2 sensor. The engine light went off after they fixed the above, but came back on shortly after. Have you gotten your repairs yet?
  • Was reading your postings. I have had problems with my engine light as well. I replaced the manifold exhaust and the exhaust gasket and the o2 sensor. Soon after the light went off, but then came back on. No-one can seem to figure out why?
  • binhdnbinhdn Posts: 4
    Hi evrybody,
    I got a Kia sportage vin KNEJA 553515471646 type XJ of 2000.Cool and hot start engine well, but when starting to drive the car is colgged many time before reching some speed the engine so far ok. After that when i stop the car (at stop light)the speed of engine go up and down continuously (idle speed not satable)and when restarting to drive the sytmthom same as memtioned above. Could every body suggest me to overcome this situation. Thanks a lot.
  • I was having the same problem. It was the catalyst converter.
  • binhdnbinhdn Posts: 4
    Thank a lot your suggestion. I'll check it.
  • binhdnbinhdn Posts: 4
    hi, i have had same promlem but not kia that volswagen. it due to the starter relay may not work properly (this relay normaly the master relay)or due to the bad contact of the ignition.bye.
  • bfonnerbfonner Posts: 2
    our car has no power and dies and mechanic said we need a new cam sensor.changed 3 times and still not fixed.noone can tell us what is wrong.dealership says theyhave no repair manuel.changed speed sensor as well and still nothing.tired of putting money into it and not fixed. wont have another kia. if anyone can help me ,i'd appreciate it. bernie
  • bfonnerbfonner Posts: 2
    i will never buy another kia ever!!!!.i dont care what they look like or how good someone tells me they are.noone can tell us what the problem is ,not even the dealership.ive spent 800.00 on it and i wont put another penny in it.i think i'll use it for a planter or something.
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
    dealership says theyhave no repair manuel.

    That is unacceptable. Have you consulted other dealers or mechanics?

    tidester, host
    SUVs and Smart Shopper
  • Not sure if you are still having problems with your Kia, but I had the same thing happen to me with my 96 sportage a few years ago and it turned out to be the timing belt. Hope this helps.
  • fnorris1fnorris1 Posts: 2
    I have a 1996 Sportage that does not show codes. It started running rough after changing the water pump. At first the car ran fine, then it would start a rough idle at stop signs
    and stop lights. Check eng.light did come on then. If you would turn car off it would run fine again until you slowed to idle speed, this progressively got worse until car will crank but has has extremely rough idle. Only code I ever got was a cylinder misfire and multi cylinder misfire. I have had two mechs try to diagnose the problem but they have been unsusessful, since a dealership has moved in the area I had them look at the car and they said it was the head needed to be rebuilt. Here's what I've done to the car. It only has 60,000 miles on it. It has been a good car and I would like to save it. We rebuilt the head it now has better comp that the manual requires. It did not change a thing. I have replaced the computer twice, replaced the coil packs and spark plugs, replaced the maf sensor. Pulled the fuel rail and checked the injectors. checked the knock sensor and crank sensor. Do not know the voltage for cam sensor. Cannot find a vacuum leak.

    Any Ideas, I would be grateful for any ideas or suggestions. If you think I need to revisit something I have already done. Please tell me. Thanks in advance.
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Manson, WAPosts: 7,237
    have you replaced the catalytic converter yet? You might look into replacing that. Some of the people in the above posts have tried this and it worked for them.

    2011 Kia Soul Sport 5-speed

  • fnorris1fnorris1 Posts: 2
    Yes I have had the cat converter checked, It was fine.
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Manson, WAPosts: 7,237
    then I'm sorry you're having that problem. Try going to this website:

    There are some Sportage hardcores there and some are very good mechanically. They if anyone on the net should be able to help you. Go there, get a password and join the group. I highly recommend them!

    Give it a shot and come back to say what happened, OK? Good fortune to you.

    2011 Kia Soul Sport 5-speed

  • avwolfavwolf Posts: 1
    Did you check the timing? The water pump is under the timing belt and so it had to be removed to put the water pump on, also check to see the cam shaft pully is on tight as well as guide on the camshaft.
  • Try the throttle advance sensor. We had a similar problem and that fixed it.
  • Try the throttle advance sensor. I think that will fix your problem. Ours was doing that and it fixed it.
  • binhdnbinhdn Posts: 4
    hi, thank for Your suggestion, could you give me more informations on it.thanks
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