Question about 2009 Kia Rio
If you have been driving with a heavy bunch of keys on the keychain, it is likely that you have worn out the key lock. If you hold the key up to relieve the weight it mught start, Otherwise it is likely that the mechanism that ensures the gearshift is in Park or Neutral has worn and the key is not sure it is in park. Hold the gearshift farther in the park position and try to work the ignition, If this works you may be able to have the mechanism adjusted to the proper position.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
keronadecora: The way the ignition lock assembly based on Kia's factory manuel, is to drop the steering column and get it to the point where you have access to the attaching hardware which passes through the clamp holding the lock assembly to the column. Once you have dropped the column down to where you can see the bolts which go through the back side of the clamp, you will notice they have no head for either a screw driver, socket or wrench of any kind.
The bolts are called "SHEAR" bolts, Meaning that once they have been installed and reached their predetermined tightness, the heads shear off leaving what appears to be just a smooth top similar to that of a carriage bolt.
To loosen the bolt, get a small chisel and catch the very edge of the bolt. As you hammer the chisel into the top of the bolt, you are catching just the outer edge making it rotate counter clockwise.
You loosen both bolts this way to remove the clamp off the column. Now you have the lock assembly to carry down to the locksmith. Commonly the bolt is an 8mm 1.25 X what ever the length is that you removed. Occasionally, they use 6mm 1.0 thread X ??
Another option is to remove the passenger's front door lock. Check with the locksmith first, but I believe they can make a key from it as well.
I'm not sure about Kia, but I know that with Nissan, Toyota and Honda. They can cut a key from the VIN number on the car.
The 17 numbers and letters located on the lower left hand corner of you windshield in the dash. Call the parts department first and tell them that you had lost your key, ask them if they are able to cut a key from the vin and if so, what will they require from you so that they will cut it for you?
Posted on May 10, 2009
The clicking sound is either coming from the starter relay or the starter solenoid switch.If the starter makes no click then it has to come off and get new brusjhes put in it or have the solenoid replaced.You can check it by jumping the post with the battery cable fastened to it to the smaller post with the small wire on it either with a small screwdriver or a piece of wire.If it goes then,then you need the relay,if it does nothing then you need to fix the starter.
Posted on Oct 31, 2009
Just had the same problem and know it is fixed.
You may have worked out that you can use the fob to unlock and then immediately lift the passenger handle to get access- not ideal.
In my case I couldn't turn the key in the drivers door either
1, Remove the 25 AMP fuse for door locking from fuse box under the bonnet. This disables central locking. The passenger door opens fine. The key however won't turn in drivers door.
2, Spray WD40 or other moisture repellent protective lubricant on key. Insert into drivers lock- gently turn back and forth. Half remove key so you can spray more WD40 into lock- a good blast will do. Keep gently turning until you can lock and unlock.
3, Replace 25 amp fuse
4, Hopefully job done- worked for me
Posted on Jan 18, 2010
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