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Okay, this is odd.

My wife goes to leave this afternoon for an outing with her friend and shorty after she leaves to the garage she comes back in saying the Sorento wont start. '03 - 3.5L 43k miles. It cranks, hmmm, no fuel? Nope has fuel, what about spark? Well nothing evident, so I look for what provides signal to the spark plugs, but I can even find them under the large engine cover... oh well, by chance, I start puling fuses, relays, etc... ECM, Fuel, Ignition, and related systems.

Anyway, I replaced everything, to where it was and come to find out, it was still the same, so I cranked on it for ~30 secs, and it eventually fired. I had to move it out and back into the garage earlier so it was odd that in a few short hours it would act up.

Any ideas? No CEL, nothing.

FYI, I crossposted this over at another forum, but found this one this morning, and it looks more active here. Hopefully, someone can tell me if they have had issues, or if this is simply a fluke.

Take care,
Keith
 

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What about the warranty? Yeah, it's still good, but I had no options for getting service yesterday.

This was on a Sunday and they arent open, of no assistance that day, so I did everything that came to mind and reset the ECM, and thought a power cycle on the other components might work with the fuse trick.

Coincidence? Perhaps, but it started up and hasnt acted up since. I thought it was rather bizarre...
 

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I have not had an issue like that. It would be nice if it was just a fluke. It sounds pretty odd. Good luck and keep us posted.
 

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will do... havent had another report of malfunction, so we will see.

BTW, here is about the only pic we have of it...


This is ice racing up in Georgetown, CO, which occurs every year in Jan and Feb. This was the first year we had the Sorento and it was ~6 weeks old then. Nothing like taking a $28k vehicle out onto the middle of a frozen lake and racing it around... :D
 

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Ice racing rocked with the TOD... tried it in 4 lo and I liked the TOD response better...

The Sorento is by FAR the best vehicle I have ever owned in snow conditions. 2 years ago last weekend, we had a blizzard with 3 feet of snow and my wife drove home in 18-24" of the stuff, and had NO issues whatsoever.

AWESOME rig, very dependable, with very little issue (had a power steering pump fail early on, and minor things like this engine issue).

The latest addition is the 2005 Spectra5, Spark Blue with Sunroof, ABS, Cruise, and mats (all options except auto tranny)... that is a FUN car to drive, have been very happy with that.
The reason it was added was I was beating up my Amigo in daily driver duties... 33" MT/Rs are not cheap and running them 20-25k/year was chewing up tires too quickly. Not to mention all the routine and scheduled maintenance... it adds up quick on a beast like that (~10" lift) so it has been retired to trail rig status.

 

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One reason the kia may have refused to start could have had something to do with the imobilizer.I have seen this befor and it could be that the transponder on your key might have been sheilded from the receiver/imobilizer in the dash that one time ? Has the fault occured again ?If not I would'nt worry about it.If it dose happen again try using your spare key to see if it will start using that.

Goodluck

Tads
 
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