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2000 KIA Sportage

The vehicle has developed a problem now of the engine shutting off while being driven at low and highway speed. It shuts off as though the key were turned to the OFF position, then, will not restart. Previously, it shut off but restarted after a brief period of time. Now, the starter works fine until the battery runs down but no restart. All fuses are OK. Motor turns over fine. The battery charges fine. Alternator output is OK. I would love to check out the power from the distributor to the plugs but: Where the heck is the distributor and the plugs. I don't even see plug wires! This is my first Korean vehicle experience and it is no fun at all.

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  • joanne cv Aug 27, 2008

    It sounds as though I have the same problem. I have a hard time starting it but sporadically. It stalls while driving and also at long stop lights. I took it for repairs and was told I needed a new battery and alternator. The work was done a little over a month ago. ($500) Although not as bad, I continued to have the problem starting the car. I took the car back to the repair shop and left it for the day. The mechanic said he had started it numerous times during the day and had no problems, of course. Tonight after putting gas in, I was backing away from the pump and the car stalled and it took maybe 10 attempts to start it. I immediately took it back to the repair shop and left it. They won't be able to look at it until tommorrow but I'm really interested in what they'll have to say this time. Whatever it is, I'll need a 2nd opinion!

  • roger8059 Oct 30, 2008

    I have a '99 Kia Sportage 4WD that stalled at an intersection. after stalling acts like theres no power going thru the starter to restart the engine ...

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Living in Thailand I had a lot of stalling problems. It started with my engine not running smooth when driving away cold. After half a km or so the car would just die or after even a longer distance stalling at full speed. Restarting worked and mostly I could drive on. Sometimes it would stall in a traffic jam.

Checked everything, but could not really put 1 and 1 together until I noticed that I was loosing a little cooling liquid and kept refilling on a regular basis. Found that every time this problem occurred also the cooling liquid was low again. Refilling the liquid solved the problem till the cooling liquid/water was low again. After fixing the actual leaking hose the problem disapeared totally. Later when my radiator started leaking slightly the problem came back as before. Now the car is fitted with a new radiator no problems like this anymore for more then 1 year.
I think the engine management system of the KIA is very sensitive for low water and maybe the temperature changes coming with it.

Maybe worth checking?


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