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I have a kia sportage 1998, with AT and it is very hard to start when it is cold, draining even the battery until it dies; I have tried a lot of tricks but not successful; please help

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  • ntsoaniri Jul 18, 2011

    I HAVE GOT THE SAME PROBLEM SINCE LAST YEAR AND TO GET A COLD START I JUST PULLED OUT (DISCONNECT I MEAN) THE ECT SENSOR AND IT START FINE AND PUT IT BACK WHEN THE ENGINE IS WARM ENOUGH. I AM NOT SURE IF I AM DOING RIGHT BUT ANY FURTHER COMMENTS ARE WELCOME

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Check the spark plug gap ---- 25th

Posted on Oct 14, 2010

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    Colin Stickland Jul 18, 2011

    not sure what sensor your pulling out here as remember their is a difference in the english and american terminology ,but if you refering to engine coolant temperature switch/sensor then replace it is your best bet as it could be defective causing you this problem

  • ntsoaniri Jul 25, 2011

    Hi there;
    Thanks Alicantecoli, Yes I am referring to the ECT and I mean I just disconnect it before cranking the car. (It is like the value from the ECT = 0 as it is disconnected ) and in this case I can start the this engine . When it is connected the engine don't start at all until the battery dies. I ordered this ECT sensor since last october but the dealer nearby here which was in South Africa moved to Dubai and altough I paid the 50% of the price already I didn't receive it yet up to now.
    Thanks for your help

  • Colin Stickland
    Colin Stickland Jul 26, 2011

    hmmm try a auto factor whos local if not look on the internet ,these sensors are only about 8/12 euros here in spain

  • ntsoaniri Jul 30, 2011

    Thanks, I will get one ECT sensor soon ... but meantime I have got also the engine light on... when I disconnect the ECT sensor the engine rev is about 700 rpm at the beginning and engine light is on, but once I reconnect the ECT sensor the engine take a high rev by itself (up to 1500 rpm) for a while (5 min or more sometimes) and during this period the engine light is off, then the engine rev drops again around 700 rpm and at that time the engine light is on again and stay there until you switch off the engine...I change the air filter, clean the MAF sensor, change the spark plug, but didn' t solve this. I don't have a code reader and bring the car to one repair shop. The guy there used his laptop to check any error code and it was his laptop who get burned by a short-circuit...Very frustrating!!!

  • Colin Stickland
    Colin Stickland Jul 30, 2011

    once you have a new sensor then disconnect the battery and jin the leads together for half hour and this may wipe the memory in the computer ,cannot be sure it will work as your kia has different software to a europeon version or an american version ,their is also asian software which is what i suspect you have ?¿?¿?¿? maybe any way best of british with it

  • ntsoaniri Jul 31, 2011

    Thanks again. I will try this and let you know once I get the sensor... in 2 weeks time probably...
    (By the way, yes it is 100% asian because It was introduced from Hong Kong as far as I know)
    A+

  • ntsoaniri Sep 03, 2011

    I am back again here, I got the new sensor and have it fixed. I did not jin the leads as you mentioned, because I am afraid if it will create new trouble in the ECM... So I just replaced the old sensor with the new one. The engine starts now normally and the "check engine light" in the dashboard went off. Only the rev at idling is a bit higher (1000 rpm) in cold start but drop to 700 rpm after 15 to 20 min. (I hope it is normal)..;
    Thanks for your valuable help. (Is it necessary to jin the leads?)

  • Colin Stickland
    Colin Stickland Sep 04, 2011

    jin the leads ,yes sorry about this but iam writing so many answers in a short time i can miss letters out like ___the ----- i can write teh ,i need a nice secretary to answer the phone and extra services ?? well you know what they say here in spain the older the man gets the worse he becomes ,well this joining of the leads is only necessary for a difficult problem that is impossible to read with a code reader AND REMEMBER THAT IAM IN EUROPE ,so any vehicles here are a lot more difficult to diagnose as different software is used so this little trick can save you a trip to dealer who have the internet (coded) to factory to clear any faults and reset the service light .Well i have to get ready as a breakdown call out in murcia on the mar menor a rental car ,its like a month old so doubt if i sort it unless my automotive multimeter can show me anything on the quick .must fly

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