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#29 of 34 01 Kia Sportage NO power
Apr 14, 2013 (1:14 pm)
The most intermittent problem that has yet to be solved. Car will run like a champ then all of a sudden it will lose all power...up hill, flat down hill ect. If you put the gas pedal to the floor the RPMs stay at almost zero. Max speed when it decides to do this is MAYBE 20mph....that is if it actually is still running the RPMs. MANY parts have been replaced and noting seems to work. MAF sensor was grounded, throttle position sensor was grounded, new fuel pump/filter...blah blah. Now the interesting thing is that if you put the car in neutral or just park it and turn it off...it will start right up and run perfectly fine for a little bit then will bog down and have to turn it off again. Any ideas? I have searched the internet for hours now and haven't found any help.
Apr 16, 2013 (4:31 pm)
I had a 2001 Kia Sportage 4X4 and had that same problem one morning. It turned out to be the alternator. It was about a $350 repair counting the labor cost. Never had a problem with losing power like that again. Same thing as you, the radio started going out and the dash lights dimmed, then the headlights started dimming, then the SUV's accelerator just went down to the floorboard and I had to exit the highway and come to a stop without the power steering working.
Towed it to a shop and the guy came out and said "It's the alternator. It will not be cheap, that's the trouble with these foreign cars, they get good gas mileage but their parts are expensive." He didn't have the part in stock, the SUV was fixed early the next day. I rented a 2004 Mitsubishi Lancer 4-dr. sedan and decided to trade the Sportage 4X4 in about 3 years later, when the 2008 Lancer GTS came out, it was in March of 2007.
We had a 5-speed standard tranny in our '01 Kia Sportage 4X4 and the SUV's locking hubs worked like a champ for us. Got of unstuck in the ice and snow about 4 times while we had the nice looking little SUV.
But that's what yours sounds like to me - the alternator.
#31 of 34 Re: misled003... [iluvmysephia1]
May 14, 2013 (8:48 am)
It was the alternator and it was replaced by myself and all is well now.
May 16, 2013 (8:23 pm)
good for you for doing the work yourself! Glad you're all fixed up.
#33 of 34 Re: 01 Kia Sportage NO power [bcuzimqt2]
Sep 16, 2013 (5:32 pm)
I had similar issue on my dodge , the computer was the issue, in hot weather the computer would get bad voltage readings and shut down to protect itself. you can get a used one to replace it but may have to go to dealer to get vin number changed on it soyou can get smog done
Oct 23, 2013 (7:21 am)
I have a 2001 Kia sportage. I love it. It's been the best car I've ever owned. However, I have had an issue with it for almost a year now. I will be driving the car and the AC, wipers, and power windows will click off, stay off for a time, click back on, stay on for a bit, click back off. There have been times when it would NOT do this for weeks/months at a time and work normally, then it would start doing it again. Started doing it again the last time someone had to jump start my battery (left a switch on and ran the battery down). I've had several people check it out, had auto zone run the tester on it, checked the wiring and all electrical connections and repaired anything that looked suspicious, replaced the battery, checked the fuses, etc... What's left?