Question about Kia Cars & Trucks
Swapped out my motor and transmission out of my wife's wrecked 2003 kia sorento. The car would start and drive it was a Tbone situation and bent the frame so I got another same year as hers but more options. The his vehicle had an engine fire and burnt part of the harness, no problem harness is the same pretty much just a few minor differences. I pulled the engine and transmission as one unit out of my wife's car and installed it in the new vehicle after doing the wiring harness change. Oh yea and ECU and TCU also. Everything works fine on the car, all lights, horn, sunroof, seats, like I said everything EXCEPT...... When I try to start the car the dash is showing the transmission is in 2nd gear before I even put my foot on the brake. When I put my foot on the brake the P for park also lights up. After reviewing the wiring diagram I could see where due to the way it is wired the brake light switch and park light wire connections are side by side on the comp. There may be a connection there and it could be feeding the P light when I put the brake on. Anyway when I try to start the engine the starter will not engage, nothing. I can spray a little ether in it and short the starter and it will start for a second then that's it. I really need to tighten down the motor mounts and double check the engine grounds most likely. I am usually better than the average bear on electrical, mechanic for 30 years retired due to back injury now so it's a little hard to do this and it takes weeks to do what I could have done in an afternoon before. I am just wondering if because of my back medication which dulls my brain a tad if I am over looking something obvious. I can shift the transmission and it will shift to neutral but regardless of the gear it is the same story 2nd gear showing foot on brake and park light comes on at the same time as the 2nd gear light. I guess I need to get help and check for voltage to the neutral safety switch and the ground also while they operate the transmission and key. I believe I already have done this with just the key on and no service voltage to switch was there if it was I could have used a jumper and tested the starting circuit and switch from there. Any thoughts from any other un medicated people welcomed. I would just try an adjustment on the switch but it shouldn't have changed and if it had I should be able to find neutral or park somewhere on it. They want 300-400 for a new switch which is BS especially for people on a fixed income. It's her only way to go and she has been with out it for a year my 16 year was the one that wrecked it go figure.
Maybe your TCU is delusional? Doesn't sound like a new switch would help if no voltage was present. When you turned key on to check the switch, did you also press the brake and turn on the P light also?
I'm wondering if the TCU turns the gear lights on, or if the tcu or pcm thinks it really is in second gear? Sorry if I only added to your befuddlement.
Posted on Mar 20, 2014
Testimonial: "Hi just to let everyone know finally got to get back on this after I got to feeling better and realized KIA has 4 connectors exactly alike behind the front passenger kick panel by the right foot. In replacing the wiring harness I had pluged these up and had them backwards. LOL. All these years as a mechanic and never saw a manufacturer do something like this. Problem solved due to extensive wire tracing and realizing everything I thought was wrong was right then got to thinking and went back checking connectors and there they were 4 crossed connections."
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
you did not apply vasoline to a nylon washer to keep it in place during assembly. the washers is out of place and will cause this problem
in the old rear wheel drive gm cars if this was done at least you had 1st gear only.
Posted on Mar 03, 2010
your linkage might need adjustment would not advise to bypass switch as it will start in ANY GEAR AND MIGHT CAUSE INJURY OR DEATH suggest replacement of safety switch not that expensive
Posted on Aug 16, 2010
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