Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: Kennesaw, Ga
Drives: 2012 Soul !, 2014 Forte LX
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2012 Kia Soul !, Cranks but won't start
I hope someone can offer some suggestions on what I can try next.
The blower inside my Soul was working intermittently. Started acting up about a year ago, but after a month it started working fine. Problem started up again this month - with the blower only working the 1st time the car was cranked in the am. As suggested on here, the problem might be the battery or the blower motor, so I choose the cheaper of the two options to test. I took my battery out to have it tested - tested fine. Brought it back, installed it in the car, car wheezed once but cranked ( I'll call it a sick sounding crank ) and ran.
However, the guy at the parts store was having problems with his tester and I wasn't sure if he really tested it well, so I took it out for a second opinion. Second opinion matched the first, but they left it on a trickle charger for me just to make sure it was fully charged. Installed the battery again yesterday and now car will not crank.
I've tested all of the blade fuses -- all showed resistance. I've visually inspected the square fuses - all look good. I've tested the resistance on the pins on the ignition coils - they also showed resistance. I've replaced both of the battery terminal connectors ( because I did have some corrosion ) and I've removed the ground connection to the chassis and have sanded it down to bare metal and reconnected. I've removed the ECU again just to make sure I didn't bend any pins - they all look good ( though I did scrub the outside of the ECU with a wire brush because it has some of the corrosion dust on the edges ).
Anyone have a good suggestion of what I might be able to try next? I'm not a car-guy, but I like to learn new stuff and I can follow directions reasonable well.
Is it worth paying $80 for a used ECU on ebay to see if that is the problem?
Could I have caused a problem if I disconnected or reconnected the ECU while the battery was connected?
Are there any relays I should test?
Any help is greatly appreciated.