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I do now a lot of very small trips due to daycare. In fact it did cause my battery to run out this winter once. Since that time I generally leave my engine running at daycare but the car can now not be locked, I suppose as a warning "Hey you've left the engine on!". I wonder if there is a trick to allow locking with the engine on?
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To have the engine running, you need to leave the key inside. It make sense to avoid locking a car with the keys inside.

A better alternative is to get a remote starter so you can get the engine running while it's still locked and without keys inside.
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That is not exactly true. You can leave the car while the engine is running without leaving the keys in the car. The car will make a long beep to let you know, but that's it.

In fact, you can even leave the car while the engine is running, go back in the house because you forgot something, leave the keys in the house by distraction and take off with the car. (I know that to be true, because I tried it). You will end off having to call a towing or someone to bring you your keys in order to get back home though, because once you stop the car, it will of course not start-up again as you don't have the keys (this I did not tried :P )

This being said, I don't think that you can lock the door while the motor is running and the keys are not in the car. This is something that I don't particularly like, because often I will go out to start the car on cold winter mornings and go back in the house with the keys, without being able to lock the doors (too cheap to pay for a remote start). So my brand new SUV is there, motor running with door unlocked...not good for the peace of mind.
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To have the engine running, you need to leave the key inside. It make sense to avoid locking a car with the keys inside.

A better alternative is to get a remote starter so you can get the engine running while it's still locked and without keys inside.
Remote start will not help him, as he mentions that he does a lot of IN/OUT.
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I haven't tried it but here's a suggestion: After you open the door try pressing the "lock" switch (on the door panel inside the vehicle) twice. You should roll down a window first because some vehicles do not unlock from the key fob with the engine running and you may lock yourself out. Also, don't forget to move the key away from the car before trying to open the door again to make sure it's locked and stays that way until the key returns. Good luck.
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Actually, a remote starter may actually work. I've being reviewing remote starters and functionality, issues and how they would work with the regular KIA remote.

My understanding is that with the engine running, the KIA remote control does nothing. I tried this myself and confirm this. That's a fact of life. Until KIA changes this by some programming, there's no way around it. Many other cars are the same, the factory remote does nothing when the car is started. There are a few cars where the factory remote still does work with the car started. Not sure of the rationale behind any of this...haven't thought about it too much.

Now, with a remote starter or security system, they integrate with the vehicle's computer and are wired to control the door locks as well. So, with the starter remote, the door lock and unlock functions do work. I believe this is the case whether or not the vehicle is started.

I believe there are others on this board that have starters and they can confirm the above.

There are many starter/security models and makes available and many options. Some are very reasonably priced for the lower end models. However, the costs add up with the smartkey and bypass modules and other stuff they make up to drive up the cost.

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1.well before, i had no remote starter, here's what i did..
>without remote starter, your two keys or keyfob works, leave one in, use the other one to lock/unlock it.. come back, and unlock..

2. using remote starter; (ex. my viper 5501 w/ 1 mile range) you can leave it running by pressing remote start again or valet mode then lock... come back, unlock, key take-over and drive..
however, keyfob can never lock/unlock the sorento if using remote starter...

these are all based in my experience...
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My remote start does start the engine and if it was unlocked will lock it. The original FOB will not work until the remote started is used to shut the engine down.

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I do now a lot of very small trips due to daycare. In fact it did cause my battery to run out this winter once. Since that time I generally leave my engine running at daycare but the car can now not be locked, I suppose as a warning "Hey you've left the engine on!". I wonder if there is a trick to allow locking with the engine on?
Fill in your profile so people know what you're driving. In the models with push button start, you can lock the door manually with the actual key with the engine running.

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Useful...Does it lock all the doors or just the driver's door when you use the key?
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