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It started two days ago. When trying to start the Kia it would only click a relay under the dash. Dash lights and radio LED dimmed at same time. Removed and cleaned battery posts, charged the battery. Took out cleaned and checked all the fuses and two large relays in fuse box under hood. All good. It started and did so for a day and a half. About 7-8 starts.

Now it's back to the same problem. Only clicks the relay under the dash. Check engine light stays on.

Any Ideas?
 

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Bad starter. '98 and '99 Sportages had this problem. Apparently was a supplier issue.

The problem is the internal soleniod contacts pit excessively and it causes high contact resistance and the starter won't crank. There are no rebuild kits available. The entire starter has to be replaced.

You can TRY cleaning the external posts on the starter first and see if you get lucky. You might. But chances are the problem will come back.
 
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