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My starter does not turn the engine sometimes when I turn the key there is no response but when i put it second gear and get a push the starter returns to alright what could be wrong

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My 1998 Kia sportage will not start. Parked it Tues. nite from driving from work and next morn will not crank. Lights on, battery turning over, but seems there is no gas getting to engine???

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Several possibilities:

1. the battery is low and not able to send enough power to the starter.

2. Do you hear it humming but not turning the engine?
if so, then chances are your flywheel is missing teeth and the starter doesnt grab hold until you move the vehicle by pusshing it.

3. Your starter or solenoid is bad. Take off the starter and take it to parts store and they will test it for you. You can replace just the solenoid if the starter tests ok. Some manufactures mount the solenoid on the fender well, Ford Does, chevy does not, I am not sure about Kia

good luck

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Check the battery voltage, battery terminals for oxidation, may be you need to service the starter only if battery is OK

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