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#18 of 39 Re: 2006 Kia rio hatchback battery issues [fiumand]
May 18, 2011 (3:23 pm)
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).
#19 of 39 Re: Kia Rio problems [pstrickland]
May 21, 2011 (5:09 pm)
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.
#20 of 39 Re: Kia Rio problems [riokia2004]
May 22, 2011 (5:28 am)
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
#21 of 39 Re: problems with the power locks and windows [kg74]
Jun 25, 2011 (1:35 pm)
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
#22 of 39 2001 KIA RIO
Nov 18, 2011 (9:03 am)
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.
#23 of 39 Re: 2001 KIA RIO [john6161]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Nov 18, 2011 (9:26 am)
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.
#24 of 39 Re: 2001 KIA RIO [Mr_Shiftright]
Nov 18, 2011 (9:29 am)
Thanks I am going to give your suggestions a try
#25 of 39 Re: 2001 KIA RIO [john6161]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Nov 18, 2011 (9:46 am)
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.
#26 of 39 Re: 2001 KIA RIO [john6161]
Dec 27, 2011 (4:35 pm)
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
#27 of 39 2003 kia rio
Feb 08, 2012 (5:47 pm)
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