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#105 of 250 Dead Battery/Amperage Draw 2006 Sedona EX
Jan 07, 2008 (12:52 pm)
Great van for the price when it starts. Dead in my driveway eight times to date. Only has 7200 miles on it. First five times I jump started myself. Last three had towed to dealer by roadside. Can not duplicate when in for service. Does not show up when hooked to computer. Two battery replacements, one junction box to no avail. Also told that I am leaving door open, lights on, charging cell phones, etc. All not true!! After the van sits for as little as one day it sometimes does not start. Three episodes earlier I rushed home from work with a volt meter and battery was down to 3.8 volts. Called California and received a case number sent out their top man. Did not show up on computer equals no problem(for Kia). Making payments on a van that has been in for service a total of 46 days. Feels like I'm getting the run around. Anyone out there having similar problems( I hope not!!), but if you are has it been resolved. Last time in service ticket reads like a routine check, battery, alternator charging system all OK. No excessive amp draw!! To add insult to injury service manager actually said and I quote, "It's a Korean car and has to be started every day" HELP....I would appreciate any help or insight to my problem.
Jan 07, 2008 (1:45 pm)
We had a similar problem with an IPM module which controls when the van should charge the battery. You don't have a short or a drain on the battery but when your drivving your are using the battery to power the van not the alternator. Their checking the electrical system for a short or thinking your leaving something on draining the battery. Our defective IPM unit also didn't tell the main computer it was not working which is why the main computer says everything is OK. I think KIA finally put out a service message about this.
Good luck, our van went back to the dealer three times but once the part was
replaced we haven't had any more problems.
#107 of 250 Re: tdonahue [tdonahue]
Jan 08, 2008 (12:37 pm)
Did you have to fight with them to have the module replaced? Showed TSB to service manager and she says they think they checked that issue. Told me they just can't change thousand dollar parts. But if they send her the part she would be more than happy to install it. Now waiting for KIA consumer affairs to call back so I can once again plead my case. Just want my van to be dependable. Tired of all the arguing and heated discussions. Just want what I paid for, a new car that starts every time a want to drive it.
Jan 08, 2008 (1:29 pm)
Do you have a Lemon Law where your are located. The Kia people in Massachusetts were helpful but felt like they were looking for a needle in a hay stack. I told them I was going to envoke the states lemon law if the third fix didn't work. It was some leverage but I do think they were trying their best.
Try calling Hyannis Kia or New Bedford Kia and asking the service managers
the solution they found for this problem. If you can get a couple of Kia service managers talking it may help. I know the main computer not identifying the problem because of the defective IPM was a real problem.
#109 of 250 Re: tdonahue [tdonahue]
Jan 08, 2008 (1:59 pm)
Mentioned New York Lemon Law in conversation last Thursday with consumer affairs rep. Has yet to call me back. Called California and asked for someone new to take my case. That was over two hours ago and still no call back. We love the the van and just want it fixed! Bought a jump starter for my Disney World trip. Afraid of getting stuck on I-95. This is ridiculous for a new car. I believe Sam is in the same office as the gentleman on my case. Hopefully she can help and get that IPM module replaced. I think they just want me to go away. Anyway thanks for your input. I'll let everyone know if this works out.
#110 of 250 Stalling Kia Sedona 2002
Apr 25, 2008 (9:33 am)
Yes, I read the entire thread.
My son's van is having similar problems so we replaced the fuel filter and fuel pump assemblies and installed new plugs, and we still have the same problem....it starts, warms up for about 3-5 minutes and then dies.
On start up you cannot take the rpm's over 4,000. After the warm up the car won't run. I am amazed that there ars so many Kia's with the same problem. I don't own one and after reading these post - I never will.
Has anyone found a "root cause" for this problem? We checked the OBD codes and they were vague. It must be a real problem for the technicians because this forum is full of stories about guessing as to which part to change next.
I cleaned all of the electrical connectors, the MAF, checked the fuses that would affect the fuel supply, and I am now going to clean the ISC and TPS. What a mess!
#111 of 250 Stalling Kia Sedona 2002 (continued)
Apr 25, 2008 (11:13 am)
I pulled the MAF connector and started the engine, to put it in LIMP mode. That worked and I have driven the van for about 5 miles and everything worked. I realize that fuel economy (yeah...like this van is economical) will suffer but it allows my son to use the van until I can download and perform some diagnostics.
Since I am bypassing the MAF (Mass Air Flow) sensor and the van runs OK, I now suspect that the MAF or the intake manifold may have a leak. I did download the troubleshoooting procedures from kia-tech and I will try those tomorrow.
I think it would be worthwhile for those of you who are experiencing stalling to disconnect the MAF and see if your van runs OK in LIMP mode. It's not a solution but it makes the van driveable.
#112 of 250 engine problems
May 23, 2008 (9:17 pm)
#113 of 250 engine problems
May 23, 2008 (9:17 pm)
has any body had any engine issues with there sedona. wife was driving on hiway and she said it made some wierd noises, pushed on gas and there was nothing there, and then just died. towed to shop and the mechanic there got it started next day said it would idle but when he took it for a drive (not far) did the same thing. He thinks that the engine is done. any thoughts.
#114 of 250 Re: engine problems [kashby]
Aug 14, 2008 (5:14 pm)
have had similar problem twice; driving on highway, accelerating to pass another car, engine just shuts off (?idles in neutral)... once easing up on the pedal completely and shifting got back, second time had to come to complete stop, turn off engine, and then restart.
Dealer thought we were crazy, took it for a couple of test drives and couldn't find anything wrong... Needless to say, we get a bit anxious whenever on the highway now days. Shouldn't be like that with your new car...