My KIA Sorento Won't Start

by Mandi Titus
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The Sorento is manufactured and sold by Kia Motors America. The Sorento is a mid-size Sport Utility Vehicle that provides lots of room for passengers and cargo. Just as with any vehicle, there are times when the Kia Sorento may have trouble starting and will require troubleshooting. Before calling in a professional mechanic or having your Sorento towed to a garage or dealership, there are a few basic things that you can check when your Sorento won't start.

Step 1

Attempt to turn the key in the ignition of your Kia Sorento. If the key does not turn at all, check to be sure that the steering column is locked. If it is not, turn the steering wheel until your hear a click indicating that it is locked. Try to turn the key again. If the steering column is not locked, you will be unable to turn the key and start your Sorento.

Step 2

Check to be sure that there is enough fuel in the vehicle. If the fuel level is low or empty, the engine will not start. Add one gallon of gas to the tank to be sure that there is enough fuel and try to start the engine.

Step 3

Attempt to start the engine and listen for any sounds that may indicate a problem. If you do not hear any sounds when attempting to start the engine, the ignition switch may be faulty. Clicking sounds indicate a problem with the starter of your Sorento. If the engine starts but stops shortly after, the problem may be in the fuel system.

Step 4

Adjust the key so that it is in the "Accessories" position and turn on the headlights or interior lights. Check to see if the lights come on. If they do not you may have a problem with your Sorento's battery. The battery may need to be charged, replaced, or jump-started.

Step 5

Pull the level to pop the hood. Open the hood and locate the oil, transmission fluid and coolant. Check the fluid levels in each. If the fluid levels are not between the minimum and maximum marks, add the appropriate amount and type of fluid. If fluids are not filled correctly, problems with the engine and starting your Sorento can occur.

Step 6

Contact a professional mechanic for further diagnostic testing if your Kia Sorento still won't start. Tow or have your Sorento towed to a local auto mechanic garage or dealership.

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