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02 sedona hard time starting and mass airflow sensor issues

I have a 02 sedona and it's having problems starting every once in a while it's seems like the starter maybe going bad. However we've had the mass airflow sensor replaced 2 times in the last 6 months and the engine came on again calling for the mass flow sensor bad. Need help here what could be the problem.

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  • bestkids02 Dec 05, 2008

    I too have replaced the Mass Air Flow sensor twice and am headed to the shop for the 3rd time. I also notice when I start it I get an exhaust smell in the cabin and when that happens I plan for the van to die. It always restarts, but it has died in an intersection too many times. What do you think it is. My mechanic is not sure and wants to charge $98.00 per hour. I am not sure what to do, or do I go get a new carpayment? HELP:)



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Appreciate the direct "Ask Me".

Hard starting could be caused by a number of faults such as weak battery corroded/loose battery terminals, fuel delivery issues and others which may include as you posted the MAF sensor. In my country however, most Kias have a peculiarity. They like to be well warmed up (even if it is hot here). Hard starting specially after short hops/trips is actually the ECU/ECM/Control Module or the car's computer getting mixed sensory inputs. The corrective action is to warm up the car fully before using. In some instances, it may also be required to reset the computer by removing the negative battery terminal for a few minutes. Pls bear in mind that some alarms are triggered this way and/or some car stereos would require a security code if the battery is removed.

Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

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