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I have a 2007 KIA Sorento EX and here’s the problem. Tonight, I pulled into the garage put it in park, applied the parking brake and turned the switch off and it kelp on running but I could remove the key. Applied the foot brake and tried to shift from park to reverse and it would not come out of park. I can turn the key from full stop left to full stop right and nothing, at full stop right it should engage the starter but it doesn’t. I know that once the car is started you can disconnect the battery and it will still run but I tried that anyway and of course it didn’t stop running. I disconnected the cable at the front of the fuse box under the hood and it stopped running. I then reconnected the cable then applied the brake and it still would not come out of park but the key will freely turn all the way from left to right but will not engage the starter. Appreciate any thought. Lamar
 

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I have a 2007 KIA Sorento EX and here’s the problem. Tonight, I pulled into the garage put it in park, applied the parking brake and turned the switch off and it kelp on running but I could remove the key. Applied the foot brake and tried to shift from park to reverse and it would not come out of park. I can turn the key from full stop left to full stop right and nothing, at full stop right it should engage the starter but it doesn’t. I know that once the car is started you can disconnect the battery and it will still run but I tried that anyway and of course it didn’t stop running. I disconnected the cable at the front of the fuse box under the hood and it stopped running. I then reconnected the cable then applied the brake and it still would not come out of park but the key will freely turn all the way from left to right but will not engage the starter. Appreciate any thought. Lamar

Went out last night to try one more thing. I had disconnected the battery cable so I reconnected it and everything came on as if the key was turned on, radio, a/c, fan and all of the dash lights, oil, temp, etc., and the key is not in the switch. Huh?
 

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After searching on line and viewing quite a few videos and articles it seems that there are a few items in the circuit that controls the problems that I am having that have to have uninterrupted communication with each other in order for everything to work. I’m thinking which can be dangerous for me. 😊 So….this is leading me to the ignition switch and this is my thinking, since I can reconnect the battery cable and all of the lights on the dash come on as mentioned above and the key is not inserted maybe the switch failed in this position somehow. Have owned the car since new and has 150,000+ miles and probably 90% of those are short distance driving which would indicate that this switch has been turned on and off many thousands of times in the last 13 years. I found a Haynes repair manual that I purchased a few years back and it has a pretty good section on the switch removal which requires removing quite a few pieces ☹ I may give this a shot if no suggestion here.
 

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It sounds like the ignition switch is shot. Go ahead and swap it out. Good luck!
 
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Ok, here’s where I am. Before I removed the switch from the end of the ignition lock cylinder the key would turn from locked to start with no resistance what so ever and stay in the start position. After I removed the switch, I used a screw driver and turned it and there was a definite click at acc, at on and when I got to the start position it sprang back as it should have. I felt that the switch was good but I bought a new one anyway, $15.00. When I installed it no lights on the dash came on unlike the old one but it still wouldn’t let me get it out of park or turn the engine over. I marked the position of the slot on the old switch and it was vertical and when I put the two switches together the slot on the new one was horizonal which is the locked position. I used a mirror to look into the end of the ignition lock cylinder and the part that engages the switch had broken off. I had gone to fill up so it must have broken when I cranked up to come home and about 5 minute later when I pulled into the garage the switch was still in the “on” position when I turned it off and with nothing to turn it back to lock position, hence the continuing to run. I call a KIA dealer to check on a new lock cylinder and it was $495+ tax and 4 to 6 weeks delivery because it has to come from South Korea. The local stores had to order it as well but less shipping time but was $199.00 to $299.00 so I ordered one from Rock Auto for $179.00 which included “Next business day express”. Pictures of the parts that I am talking about…
 

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The new Ignition lock cylinder didn’t arrive until about 2 hours ago. Before I installed it, I decided to see if the old cylinder would fit into the new lock because I didn’t want to have to use two keys, one for the ignition and another one for everything else and it worked. Everything is back together and working fine. I am going to make a video of how I changed it out and all the parts that have to be removed. I’m not sure what KIA videos that I watched but I didn’t have to remove near as much as they were showing. The one thing that I couldn’t understand is the “pinch-bolt” that was used in the clamp that holds the ignition switch in. I read in one article that it is an “anti-theft” thing, just wondering who in their right mind would go to all the trouble of removing the things that have to be removed just so they could remove that bolt in order to steal the vehicle??? When it was installed and reached the correct torque the head would break off preventing the bolt from being taken out. I drilled into the bolt and used a screw extractor and then bought a new bolt. Now I have two good extra switches. 😊
 

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Perhaps sell your 'spare' to a fellow Kia owner in need! Always try to 'pay it forward' in life. Good luck!
 

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You are the first person with 1st gen Sorento to have this problem...that I've heard of. I have had a similar problem with the ignition switch mechanism on a 1991 Ford Escort GT...the pot metal tab that turns the actual switch broke off.

Nice work. Glad you got it working.
 

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Perhaps sell your 'spare' to a fellow Kia owner in need! Always try to 'pay it forward' in life. Good luck!

Perhaps sell your 'spare' to a fellow Kia owner in need! Always try to 'pay it forward' in life. Good luck!
I may try to return the one that I bought but most times you can’t return electrical parts. Anyone could have them but the cost of shipping would probably make just buying one better because it was only about $15.00. 😊
 

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I searched everywhere and couldn’t find any information on the subject so I have made a video of the procedure that I did. My phone died before I finished the project so I lost all of the pictures except the ones that I had saved to my computer so I had to take pictures as I was replacing everything. That is the reason that it appears that something that I just showed how to take off in a previous picture is still on in the next one. ☹ Here is a link to the video of how I replaced the lock/cylinder.
 
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