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So this has happened before but is happening with more frequency now. I get in my sorento and push the button and all the lights go on but the car won't start. It's not a keyfob battery issue. Thoughts?
 

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This is (probably) a known defect in the brake switch. Needs to be replaced.

Go into car, hold button down. As you're holding button down, vigorously pump the brakes until car starts. Drive to Kia and ask them to change faulty brake switch while you wait. It's a 15 min. job.
 

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This is (probably) a known defect in the brake switch. Needs to be replaced.

Go into car, hold button down. As you're holding button down, vigorously pump the brakes until car starts. Drive to Kia and ask them to change faulty brake switch while you wait. It's a 15 min. job.
You should probably call first, just in case they are busy or out of stock on the switch. I wouldn't just drive in demanding the switch be changed in 15 minutes. That will just tick people off.
 

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MEgolbyte!!! That is what the tow truck driver said was the issue. Said it was rampant in the Hyundai's. I am waiting on the dealer to call ME as they were closed then the tow dropped us off. I want to see what THEY think it is be for I tell them what it really is.

Another great set of answers from this forum!!

Oh.... and the driver suggested turning on the flashers as they override the brake switch somehow turning on the lights and this will work as well.
 

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very informative topic, will keep this in mind, in case this issue ever surfaces on the 2013 models
 

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Just to inform you that there is a bypass for the brake switch issue (if this is what the problem is). When you get into your car, press and release the start/stop switch once. Then press and hold the start button for about 20+ seconds and the vehicle will start. You don't need to pump the brake just hold the button and it will start. I suggest this as your vehicle may be at home and you can drive it to the dealer and then they can evaluate it for the brake switch issue.

Just some info...
 

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If it is a faulty brake switch, does this mean that your brake lights are also out?
 

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redtr6, no the lights work. It is the module that senses that the brake is pushed in order to allow starting. They fixed it pretty quickly.
 

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I have been having similar issues with my 2012 EX not starting. I took it into the dealer and they replaced the brake switch. I thought I was all set but then it just happened again the other day. Anyone had it turn out to be a different cause?
 

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I had it happen twice. Once this past winter and they said they fixed it, and the week before last. Bring it back in. Could be a faulty module.
 

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I had it happen twice. Once this past winter and they said they fixed it, and the week before last. Bring it back in. Could be a faulty module.
So the first time they replaced the brake switch? Is the module you mention a different part?
 
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