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#71 of 137 Eletrical Power Killed with turn of Key
Jan 19, 2010 (5:04 pm)
I have a 2004 Kia Sedona. It has 65K miles on it. I've had this lingering problem with it that completely happens at random instances.
My van exhibits electrical short(s) type of behavior. Prior to turning on the van, once you have the door open, you typically see the lights in the Van on, and once you put the key in the ignition, you start hearing the beep/tone sound. When the Van is having the problem, no lights will be on, nor the tone sound... as soon as I try to turn it over, the sometimes hear a brief click and then dead silence.
I pulled out the battery, alternator, starter and they all tested fine. The battery connections are fastened securely. The weird thing is, I bought one of those computer diagnostic tools to see if any DTC's would be triggered from the problem, but it didn't see anything. Although quite odd, but the Computer Diagnostic tool was able to get the van running!!!
Not every time, but some times, when the van is not working or having this problem, I hooked up this diagnostic tool and it ran a scan. Once the scan has started, it redistributed the power to the entire van somehow and it would turn on. Computer reset of some sort???
The problem 1st occurred about 6 months ago. It was down a week until the the diagnostic computer got it running... it went down again about a week later, and I did the same thing and it fired right back up. It ran great for months until now. Same problem, however, I have not been able to replicate the solution.
Any advise would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance.
#72 of 137 Re: Eletrical Power Killed with turn of Key [nemeyss]
Jan 20, 2010 (7:12 am)
Can't it be the same problem as I had (see post #63)? Sometimes the battery ran perfectly, sometimes I had the same behaviour as you say. When the battery worked all battery measurements were ">link titlefine. Personally, I would first spend those $50 and change the battery and see if it helps.
#73 of 137 Re: My headlights blow out too!! [l1029]
Jan 25, 2010 (5:29 pm)
I have replaced headlights in my Kia Sedona 6 times in 3 years. Not to mention brake lights, turn lights and license plate lights. Does anyone know what the problem is? The dealer is refusing to do anything about it and at 50 bucks a headlight they are making a killing. Any suggestions. It is an 2006 Kia Sedona with 60xxxx miles.
#74 of 137 Re: My headlights blow out too!!
Feb 04, 2010 (8:43 am)
Same car, same problem. This really should be a warranty issue since it constantly happens.
I think I read somewhere that Sorentos have a similar issue and there is a new headlight harness with a resistor that allows less power to the headlights, dimming them but making them last longer.
I've gotten really good at swapping out bulbs, a 15 minute job. I buy the cheap ones now at around 15 bucks each.
#75 of 137 Re: My headlights blow out too!! [icabodcrane]
May 04, 2010 (6:10 pm)
I'm having the same problem. Lots of replaced headlights, turn signals, and license plate bulbs. I've also started having problems with the wiring harness for my trailer hitch. The fuses have recently started to blow, which is a real pain. Mine's a 2006. Anyone else have trailer electrical problems??
#76 of 137 Kia Sedona electrical issue
May 23, 2010 (7:17 am)
I bought a 2004 kia Sedona a few months ago and had it shipped to the Bahamas. The first week I used the vehicle I experienced what appeared to be an electrical problem. I turn the ignition the car will not say anything.....engine does not rool over or anything. The shift lever is in park. The dashboard light is dim and the power windows operate rather sluggishly. I press the brake pedal and the dash lights up...the engine starts. I have been using the vehicle for about 5 months and this problem has occurred at least six times. Also, I am experiencing a problem where on occasions I tried to stsrt the vehicle and get a clicking sound as if the battery is weak. I fiddle with the ignition switch trying to get it to start and eventually after 15 to 30 minutes it stsrts. I bought a brand new battery and these issues are still present. I think I got stiffed by the car dealer...... that car had that problem when I bought it. The car was bought from Metro Ford located on 7 Avenue Miami Florida.
I would certainly appreciate any suggestion you might have with regard to getting this issue rectified. I have taken the vehicle to several auto electrical shops and have explained the problem to them and they all seem clueless at to what the problem might be. I am reluctant to have someone mess with the vehicle who don't know what they are doing.
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#77 of 137 Folks with the headlights blowing out...
May 27, 2010 (3:34 pm)
Are you leaving the headlights in the 'auto' position (sensor turns on when dark / off in daytime) all the time? If you do, it could be power surging to the lights whenever you start the car...
#78 of 137 More Kia Electrical Issues 06
Jun 09, 2010 (3:50 pm)
We too are having electrical issues with our 06 Kia. Right front turn signal blowing out as well as the headlight. Replaced the headlight and turn signal once about a year ago. Then it went out again within a couple of months. Husband took out the light bulb noticed that it wasn't blown and put it back in and it worked fine for a couple of weeks, then went out again. At the same time the DVD player fuse blew. Called the local dealer and spent about 45 minutes on the phone with them since the book doesn't tell where the DVD player fuse is located... they couldn't find it either. My husband eventually found it by trial and error.
We've also had problems with the overhead directional compass and aver MPG readings. Compass would say S no matter what direction we were headed and aver. MPG's would reset each time we turned the vehicle off. Dealer said the "recallibrated the system" to fix it. But this also took two trips because at first they said "no this is they way Kia's are designed." (Pence Kia, Richmond, V)
Then the turn signal went out again during the same week. So, we took it in to the dealer. They said... replace the bulb. We said... it's not the bulb. They said... humm the bulb seems to be working fine now, we can't find the issue. Following week, turn signal not working again.. dealer finally agrees to fix the encasement of the bulb thinking this will fix it. I'm telling them it is a bigger issue given the other fuses that blow - this is at 58,600 miles. (Pearson Kia, Richmond, VA)
Well, now at 60,150 miles we notice that every time we put on the brakes the air conditioner fan goes to about 50% power and the headlights dim. Two days at the dealer and "we can't replicate the problem." We pick it up tonight, don't even leave the lot and problem continues, get the mechanic in the car with us for a test ride around their lot and low and behold, "oh, there's the problem." Well, now it's not covered under warranty, to which I remind them that they told me if there were more problems with the "electrical system" and it wasn't far out of warranty they said they would fix it since they couldn't find the underlying problem at 58,600 miles. (Pearson Kia, Richmond, VA)
Also, dead battery issue. Replaced the battery once last year, as we thought we left the interior lights on by accident (our old van had an auto shut off). Last weekend the battery went out three separate times, but strange enough the lights and radio worked. After driving it for an hour the battery didn't have any more problems.
I'm hoping somebody gets to the bottom of this with Kia, as it is clearly a trend and a problem with the vehicle.
#79 of 137 headlight and idle issues
Jun 13, 2010 (11:01 am)
I changed a driver's side low beam bulb on my 2002 Sedona and now the van won't idle. When I take the bulb out and leave the bulb housing open, there's no problem; yet when I close the bulb housing, the problem returns. Does anyone have any idea what might be wrong?
#80 of 137 Re: More Kia Electrical Issues 06 [preventlady]
Jul 22, 2010 (11:26 am)
I want to ask you do you found the fuse for the DVD.