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My car want start battery is fully charged. But the immobilizer light on the instrument panel stays on?

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Having a full charged battery won't just solve the promblem. You might want to check with the battery terminal connection on the postive+ and negative-, It might be corroded, grease, or acid build up, so check for thse signs, also it could be that clamps are not fully tighten. You still can get power to the car from the baterry which in this case is leads to the immoblizer lights on the dash boards to stay on, but the terminal are corroded with acid, grease, or just from dirt, and with these element in presence, the battery is not fully ground. The engine needs a specific amount of amplitude from the battery for the engine to crank. A kia sorento v6 engine needs alot of cranking amp. So my solution is, check the battery connection terminal on the battery and the cable (positive and negative connections) de-tach the cable connections, clean the connection cables which are the adapter to the battery, and the battery terminals, with a toothbrush or high grit sandpaper until dirt, acid build up, grease are gone, and reinstall the cables. See if this will help.

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