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2006 kia Amanti with check engine light at 111,940 miles; 320 code checks that the ignition failure sensor is the problem per local mechanic but he doesn't know if this will solve the problem... is this a legit problem and will it affect anything if gone unfixed or is this a simple fix replacement part? will this fix the problem or will other sensors be related to this as previous email stated Cam sensors etc...or other related areas? I hope I didn't purchase a Lemon

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  • jack_knox Mar 23, 2011

    thanks, didn't want to go through swapping out parts, Labor costs and down time driving car back and forth to shop that's why I wanted to check to see if anyone had this previous problem and how they fixed it..The crankshaft position sensor or the speed sensor sound logical but could it also be a bad connection or connector...I didn't want to take to dealer and get overcharged or given the run-a-round bt that also is the most logical place to have it checked and diagnostically checked...I have checked for recalls but none to be found and not too much info on guy suggestions remove the failure sensor plug and put some grease type stuff in the connector for a better connectivity...any other suggestions and does anyone have a repair manual out yet on these Kia's? Thanks, Jack



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1st let me say that "320" is not a valid code, I will assume the actual code is "P0320" based on what was replaced. There is no one answer to this code, it needs the attention of a factory trained electronic engine control diagnostic technican. One code does not make this a Lemon, you just need the right person to get it fixed and pin down the actual cause of the problem. Below is what is the possible solutions as well as what causes the code to set in the engine controls computer.

P0320 2006 KIA Ignition/Distributor Engine Speed Input Circuit Problem/Fault

Symtoms of this fault code:

Engine Light ON (or Service Engine Soon Warning Light)
- Lack/Loss of Power
- The engine may be harder to start
- The engine may stumble or stall

Possible causes - Ignition/Distributor engine speed sensor harness circuit is open or shorted
- Ignition/Distributor engine speed sensor poor electrical connection
- Faulty Ignition/Distributor engine speed sensor (this is among the common causes of this fault code)
- Engine Control Module (ECM) (doubtful this is the problem) Fault P0320 2006 KIA Description Ignition failure sensor is used to check whether the spark ignition is occurred correctly or not and also used to tachometer drive. The sensor monitors the voltage difference between a resistance which is on the battery circuit for ignition coil. When the ignition coil works properly, the electric current through the resistance is detected as voltage drop. This is confirmed for every ignition event with the crankshaft sensor and the camshaft sensor. If ECM detects a malfunction, no ignition is possible, so the engine would not start. If there is no ignition signal for a predetermined cycle for one or two ignition coils, an ignition coil circuit failure exists. As you can see the Ignition failure sensor is likely not the problem, it is just picking up on a problem occurring in the ignition system. My advice is seek out a specialist on KIA electronics, this may be the dealer.

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    Marvin Mar 23, 2011

    After considerable research on the way this code gets generated in the system I have decided that my best quests without testing the car first would be the CRANKSHAFT POSITION SENSOR. I recommend your mechanic replace this part, it is located on the front of the engine and is the electronic equivalent of the old points in pre electronic ignition cars and trucks.

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    Marvin Mar 23, 2011

    Here is a picture part number and price I show for the Crankshaft position sensor, it should not take more than 1 hour to replace.

    AIRTEX / WELLS Part # 5S5695', '3672', 'toolbar=yes,location=yes,directories=yes,status=yes,menubar=yes,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes')"> $91.79 [ source: ]

  • Marvin
    Marvin Mar 23, 2011

    Last comment should read "best Guess" not Guest.

  • Marvin
    Marvin Mar 23, 2011

    1st off, a live data scanner tool needs to be hooked up to watch the crankshaft sensors output, this needs to be watched and evaluated by a well trained KIA technican, this type of work is the most demanding and the hardest to learn, I've been doing it for 35 years and still don't have all the answers. I have given you suggestions based on my knowledge of electronic control system. I do not think the failure sensor is the problem, and for goodness sake don't put any grease on it, that will play havoc with the signal, what kind of mechanic told you this? A very young one I suspect. On the repair manuals, you can access all the factory repair manuals and service bulletins for a yearly subscription fee of about $40 at this web site.



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