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#2037 of 2153 Re: 2007 Kia Sorrento Electrical [jwincman]
Nov 06, 2010 (3:01 pm)
I have the "ESC OFF" problem myself and my Sorento slows down drastically even on the highway. Please help me remedy this situation since I cannot spend hundreds of dollars trying to resolve the problem and I fear being the cause of an accident. Sometimes I have to stop and open the gas cap 3 or 4 times before the light goes out and the vehicle goes back to normal. Please I need help urgently if you have an answer that can help me and my family in this situation
#2038 of 2153 Re: Ambient temperature reading [randomal]
Nov 07, 2010 (6:21 am)
You hold the down temp arrow at the same time as ambient button and it will change in a couple of seconds.
#2039 of 2153 Re: Ambient temperature reading [preia1969]
Nov 07, 2010 (5:01 pm)
Thanks for the advice. It worked like a charm. I tried countless button combinations but overlooked this one.
#2040 of 2153 Re: 2007 Kia Sorrento Esc problem
Nov 13, 2010 (2:18 pm)
after doing some research, i have found that there are many consumers having a problem with the ESC OFF light randomly turning on in sorentos. am having discrepancies with KIA and am in the process of gathering as much info as possible to submit to my case i filed with KIA.
i own a 2007 KIA sorento ex, with 62000 miles on it at this time. i have been experiencing the ESC OFF light randomly turning ON for quite some time. unfortunately, it wasn't until i experienced 2 close encounters of an accident on the freeway when my ESC OFF light had turned on and i lost acceleration/power. during this time i was stuck at 50mph, meanwhile vehicles behind me were coming up at 65 or faster slamming on their breaks im sure!! this poses a serious safety hazard and from reading other posts as well as my dealer informing me that i am not the only one reporting this issue, i can't help but to thinks this may be a malfunction on KIA's end.
after having a diagnostic check for this problem at a KIA dealer, they found that the transfer case decoder motor is faulty. i am not a mechanic but to me it sounds more like a electrical problem? anyway, i was told that since there is a service bulletin posted for this issue that KIA is willing to cover this repair that was quoted at $700 if you fall under your 60000mile warranty. i came in and my odo was at 62000, basically i am SOL unless maybe i can prove to them that other KIA owners are having this issue before they even reached their 22500 mile recommended maintenance. KIA is trying to wing their way out by reviewing my service docs, which show that i haven't had my transfer case serviced until i reached 62000miles. i understand that maybe because of this my ESC OFF light is malfunctioning but again, with so many people having the same issue i would like to look into this some more.
#2041 of 2153 Re: 2007 Kia Sorrento Esc problem [moni2]
Nov 13, 2010 (3:16 pm)
The solution to our ESC OFF light problem came about when our cruise control stopped working. When they replaced a switch/sensor(?) associated with braking it fixed the ESC problem.
#2042 of 2153 filing a complaint to nhtsa about kia esc malfunctions
Nov 26, 2010 (12:50 pm)
anyone having problems with the "ESC OFF" light coming on and staying on, causing loss of engine power?
this is a safety issue that can cause a serious accident. if you experience this problem you can file a complaint to www.nhtsa.dot.gov , if enough people file complaints, nhtsa will conduct an investigation regarding this issue to see if it is a possible defect and/or recall.
#2043 of 2153 Re: 2005 Kia Sorento LX [karenrb]
Dec 24, 2010 (1:34 pm)
I need the same help,(answer},My kia also beeps when the car is driving but not when stopped.Help???
#2044 of 2153 Re: filing a complaint to nhtsa about kia esc malfunctions [moni2]
Dec 24, 2010 (1:46 pm)
My experience tells me this is related to the throttle sensor problem. Our 08 Sorento had the ESC light problem without loss of acceleration, but when we had the throttle sensor problem that caused loss of acceleration it turned out the ESC light was somehow connected to it. Having the work done to repair the throttle sensor problem also resolved the ESC light being on. At least that is my recollection...
#2045 of 2153 ESC OFF problem 2008 Kia Sorento
Jan 04, 2011 (2:50 pm)
I have a 2008 Kia Sorento with just over 34,000 miles on it and am on my second experience with the ESC OFF problem. The first time was July 2010, car was taken to a dealership and they replaced the sensor and car worked fine until this past Monday. I started my car to warm it up and after 10 minutes I returned to the car to leave and noticed that the ESC OFF light was on as well as the check engine light. As previous experience has shown me, the ESC OFF light is dangerous as the car loses power. I turned the car off, then on, but the lights were still on. I got a ride to work that day, but my dad went over to look at the car. The ESC OFF light went off for him and so did the check engine, he drove it around with no problem. Now this morning I started it to warm it up, no lights came on. I got in to leave and when I reached the end of my road at the stop sign, both lights came on again. I turned the car off, then on and the ESC OFF went off, but the check engine is still on. Called the dealership....taking it in on Friday an HOUR away....I hope I make it okay. I'm so disgusted with this problem. From what I am reading of others posts I should trade this car in soon as the problems will just mount from here and after the warranty runs out the cost will be a serious problem. I love this Kia otherwise...no other problems yet. Maybe I should trade it in for a new 2011 Sorento. who knows :0(
#2046 of 2153 to elfsprite33
Jan 04, 2011 (10:51 pm)
That's pretty crazy and sorry to hear about your KIA. Although, this may help my claim I filed with KIA about the esc off light and power loss. They have me in a tail spin saying that since I did not comply with my initial recommended transfer case maintenance at 45000 miles they will void anything beyond warranty. It's interesting to hear that you have the same problem before your 45000 miles..obviously my lack of maintenance to the transfer case has no relevance. It doesn't matter because your esc problem started well before that number. It's up to you but, I was told that if enough people file a complaint to the nhtsa it will give them reason to run an investigation on this issue. Otherwise, if u wait beyond your warranty the quote I was given would be around $700 to fix. My complaint is listed, it's really quick and easy to do too!!
Again, to me this is a safety issue that should be looked into as a recall/ defect. Good luck, i hope to hear your outcome.