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I have a starting problem with my 2001 Kia Sportage. In Aug 2008, sometimes it would start and other times it would crank but not start. I took it to a Kia dealer and he changed the feul pump, the relay, and the fuse. It started ok after that thru the whole winter, but when spring came it began having the same problem again. At first it would start only after the second try or third or fourth, then it got worse until it wouldn't start at all. Sometimes it would fire for about a few seconds and then give up and just kept cranking. I brought it back to the dealer but he can't seem to find the problem, one day he trys it and it will start and the next day it just cranks but won't start, meanwhile he has had my truck for 4 weeks now. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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  • Willaim Cunningham May 29, 2009

    Thank you, I will pass this solution to the mechanic, or service manager.



    I have to tell you though that the temperature changes were not drastic, it also happens when the car has been sitting for hours or overnight and the engine is cold.

  • Willaim Cunningham May 29, 2009

    I ran solution number one passed the service guy at the dealer but he doesn't think thats the problem. He is thinking now that it could be the ECM and wants to try another one to see if it solves the problem. This sounds like an expensive fix. Does anyone know how much a new ECM would cost?

  • Willaim Cunningham May 30, 2009

    Thank you for your answer. This makes a lot of sence to me because the problem is exactly the same as when it happened last august, so the solution should be much the same. Maybe they fixed the loss of feul pressure then, but it returned like you say in the wiring system or the control for the pump. By the way, what is the control for the pump, where is it, and what does it do?

  • Willaim Cunningham Jun 02, 2009

    Thanks for your comments, it realy clears things up a lot in my mind and I am sure yours is the right answer. I am sorry I can't get back to you quickly, its because I don't have the vehicle here and I am not capable to fix it myself, I have to run every thing by the service guy who is trying to fix it. He said he would try your suggestions, but he is very slow getting back to me. I would like to keep this problem open until I get some news from him. I will keep you informed.

  • Willaim Cunningham Jun 04, 2009

    What is the motor uif? and how can the pistons affect the starting but only sometimes?

  • Willaim Cunningham Jun 05, 2009

    Thanks, I will pass this on to my service guy. I assume the gas tank will have to be removed to get at that filter?

  • Willaim Cunningham Aug 27, 2009

    My Kia Sportage was at the West Island Kia Dealer in Montreal for 63 days to find out why it was not starting, and they could not find the problem, even with all the resources of Kia behind them. I pulled it out of there in worse shape then when I brougth it in, and took it to an independant garage. The owner who is an experianced mechanic found the problem and fixed it in one week. There was two problems, one was a gas leak where the fuel line comes out of the pump assemblly plate at the top of the gas tank, he fixed this but it didn't fix the starting problem. He solved the starting problem by changing the EGI MAIN relay in the fuse box under the hood. Now my sportage starts all the time with no problems.

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Correct. There is no further scope of troubleshooting.

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I had the same problem and i found that in the actual gas tank it self there was a filter that was some what clogged you can replace the lines filter and pump but if that filter in the tank isnt changed or cleaned it will happen agen and agen the filter is there to stop any thing that might have been put in your tank or rust particles from getting to the motor so check that.

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Well one of the problems could be issues with the pistons... it could be a problem with the motor uif it will crank but not fire... have the mechanic check that out...

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U may have a loss of fuel pressure again, this would be likely due to a problem in the wiring system or the control for the pump, these problems can be very hard to track down, if this is under warranty call the factory assistance help line and have the local Kia field representive get involved in this repair, there is no excuse for them having the car this long, they should be updating you on why the delay, i know how this works have been a dealer tech for 35 years. Call the factory help line..

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    yadayada May 30, 2009

    the pump is controlled through a relay and the fuel injection computer during start, the most common problems are the electrical connector to the pump at the fuel tank, the next is the fuel pump relay, then the ignition switch is the last and least likely problem, I would focus on the fuel pump connector at the tank and the fuel pump relay under the hood. hope this helps, if it does please rate my solution.

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    yadayada Jun 04, 2009

    I think you need a new fuel pump, 40 years of auto repair background tells me this is the most likely suspect.

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This sounds like a problem most prominent during the warmer months or when the engine temp is warmer. The only thing that comes to mind is an ignition system problem. You may want to suggest to your mechanic to check the coil and ignition module. These are a couple of things that could be effected by drastic changes in temperature. Hope this helps with your ongoing problem.Good luck.

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