I have had nothing but problems with this car. Starting 2 days ago ESC OFF light illuminates every so often and then shut off once engine is restarted. Today the check engine light came on and seconds later the ESC OFF light came back on. Is this a coincidence or not? Has anyone had this issue? If so, please let me know what it is. Thanks
check engine light and ESC OFF light on on 2008 Kia Sorento
by Visitor in Redding, CA on July 14, 2010
14 answers 12 comments
ANSWER by Visitor , September 29, 2010
Yes, I am having this problem too with my 2008 KIA Sorento. The KIA service department told me they have never had this much problems with any of their vehicles. This is the 4th time it has been at the KIA service department for the ESC OFF light on and Check Engine light. We have been 300 miles from home and it came on. It will not accelerate over 25 mph at first then it will slowly start accelerating but it takes maximum effort to get to at least 50 mph.
COMMENT by rambo66 , September 02, 2013
I just had this problem. It's the Pedal accelerator assembly. It has to be replaced as a assembly.
ANSWER by Visitor , May 13, 2011
The problem with the kia is they have to replace the ACCELERATOR PEDAL POSITION SENSOR.Most dealer's don'e even know that.Tell them that the next time.Good luck! Also change the pedal assy-acce part #32700-3E400
COMMENT by Visitor , May 13, 2011
How do you know this? My Kia just did this AGAIN! These lights, the ESC OFF and Check Engine, will come on, go off, I loose power, turn car off, turn car on, lights off, dirve a little ways, lights on, loose power, turn car off then on, lights off, car runs fine ... then all of a sudden it won't do it for a long time, days and weeks, then it will do it again. When I call the dealership service dept. they always seem surprised and have never heard of this problem before...well, HELLO, they replaced the ESC sensor on my kia and I explained the problem to them more than once!
COMMENT by cher110 , May 01, 2014
I have had the same problem over 4 years now. Nothing scarier than trying to get on Freeway in CA and car will not excel from 25mph. I find that turning off car and checking the gas cap helps the problem of the check engine and esc lights. Car starts right up and lights are cleared. Also note problem more on hot days. I, too, had called dealership and told them and they couldn't figure it out. Same ole thing, doesn't happen when a mechanic looks at it.
ANSWER by Visitor , October 28, 2010
At least I don't feel alone with this problem. My Kia Sorento started to have this problem a month ago. Somethimes in the morning I need to start the engine 3-4 times and in the evening the same rutine. I took the car to the dealear .. No brain ... Can't find the cause. But they told me to take it to one of those auto part places. That could be some problems with the sensor. This problem almost cause my life. Happen 3 times when I was in the express at 70 miles and drop the speed in seconds. 2 trucks almost clean me from the road. Its very dangerous and I heared from other Kia owners that its frequent on the 2008 models. Why the company can not fix it!!! Like Toyota and the other companies did with their mess.!!!! Be carefull its no an easy thing...Can cause you your life...
ANSWER by Visitor , July 31, 2010
Mine is doing the same thing....as of this morning. I took it to Auto Zone and they did a simple diagnostic test and it read that my brake switch is not working (it turns the brake lights on and off). the part cost $16....but they didn't have it in stock. He said my husband could change it (but my husband can't even change light bulbs...lol) but he said to avoid going to the dealership because they will charge ALOT. SO be careful....you have NO brake lights until you get it fixed.
COMMENT by rambo66 , September 02, 2013
The brake light switch on your KIA Sorento is a "RECALL" item. If you already got it fixed on your own expense, you can go to your local KIA dealership to be reimbursed. You should have received a Recall Notice in the mail. Contact KIA about the Recall Notice if you didn't.
ANSWER by Visitor , August 05, 2011
Recall ID # 09V130000 - EXTERIOR LIGHTING:BRAKE LIGHTS:SWITCH Recall Date Apr 17, 2009 Model Affected Sorento Description HUYNDAI-KIA IS RECALLING 139,844 MY 2006-2007- SEDONA, SPORTAGE, SORENTO AND MY RONDO AND AMANTI VEHICLES. THE STOP LAMP SWITCH IN THE AFFECTED VEHICLES MAY MALFUNCTION. A MALFUNCTIONING STOP LAMP SWITCH MAY CAUSE THE BRAKE LIGHTS TO NOT ILLUMINATE WHEN THE BRAKE PEDAL IS DEPRESSED OR MAY CAUSE THE BRAKE LIGHTS TO REMAIN ILLUMINATED WHEN THE BRAKE PEDAL IS RELEASED. A STOP LAMP SWITCH MALFUNCTION MAY ALSO AFFECT THE OPERATION OF THE BRAKE-TRANSMISSION SHIFT INTERLOCK FEATURE SO THE TRANSMISSION SHIFTER WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO BE SHIFTED OUT OF THE PARK POSITION. IT MAY ALSO CAUSE THE ELECTRONIC STABILITY CONTROL (ESC) MALFUNCTION LIGHT TO ILLUMINATE, AND IT MAY NOT DEACTIVATE THE CRUISE CONTROL WHEN THE BRAKE PEDAL IS DEPRESSED. Consequence ANY OF THESE MALFUNCTIONS, ALONE OR IN COMBINATION, MAY LEAD TO A CRASH. Remedy DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE STOP LAMP SWITCH FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL BEGAN ON JUNE 17, 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT KIA'S CONSUMER ASSISTANCE CENTER AT 1-800-333-4542. Units Affected 139,844 Notes HYUNDAI-KIA RECALL NO. SC077.OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .
ANSWER by Visitor , June 14, 2011
read these postings http://www.kia-forums.com/kia-carnival-sedona-2006/44306-esc-off-sudden-lack-throttle-response.html
ANSWER by carson9 , July 16, 2012
About a year ago I had the same problem with the ESC light and lose of power, I had it towed to the dealership and they replaced the APS sensor and the pedal assembly. This fixed the problem until yesterday, I had my family loaded in the car and the ESC light came on again and I had no power. I called the dealship and they can not look at the car for 2 weeks they said they are busy. After telling them I can't go over 30 miles an hour and would have no car for the 2 weeks they agrred to do nothing and said they could look at it in 2 weeks. This scares me to think it has happened twice in a year and the 2008 Sorrento has less than 30K on it.
COMMENT by Visitor , October 27, 2012
I have had the SAME problem with my 2008 Sorento!!! I bought it preowned and 3 weeks later it started. It randomly comes on. Dealer does quick fixes, but every few months, the light reveals itself. Very dangerous while driving!! After light turns on, car wont restart!!! I found out the original owner had this problem as well!! But when I bring it to KIA, or even call KIA corporate, THEY NEVER HEARD OF THIS PROBLEM!! Now my car is 1000 miles over warranty and they were trying to get me to pay. But I fought them telling them it was never resolved the last 3 times I brought it in under warranty!! Too bad they cant even figure it out bc theyve been working on it for almost 2 weeks now. I wrote to the BBB and their response was that after they get the car to restart, the light goes off, and they cant duplicate the problem. DUH! I finally got them to take this crap back!! And They better give me all my money I spent!! Monday I meet with the Vice Pres. of the dealership. Shame on Kia for seeing issues and not resolving them. And Shame on the dealership for KNOWING These problems existed and reselling it preowned to me. Very sad that I will end up giving this back, and the knew unsuspected owner will have to pay. :(
COMMENT by Linda Watson , April 17, 2014
I have been battling this problem since 10/2008.... three months after I bought mine. It is in the shop now .... for the 7th time. I have contacted corporate and will see if the fix it this time. If not I am going to contact the news stations about this dangerous situation Kia is putting it's buyers in.
COMMENT by Suzfog , May 25, 2014
Linda - What happened with you car? We purchased our 2008 Sorento (with less than 40,000 miles on it) a month ago. We had the check engine light come on and the ESC off light. We took it to get fixed and it worked for a couple of weeks. Yesterday the same thing happened on the highway AND I lost acceleration, too. VERY SCARY! Reading on the internet people recommend replacing the ESC/TCS module and/or the"throttle body assembly" and to make sure it is written on the work order the EXACT reason the vehicle was brought in and to check for a short in the fuse box. I was AMAZED that the same problems have been going on since 2006 with the Sedona. I don't know if this will fix our problem but A kia repair person also posted that there was a TSB #KT2009042201 that addressed the problem for(Vehicles produced prior to 4/1/2009) 2006~2009 Sedona (VQ) with 3.8L engine equipped with PCM 2007~2009 Sorento (BL) with 3.3L and 3.8L engines equipped with ECM & TCM 2007~2009 Amanti (GH) with 3.8L engine equipped with PCM 2006.5 Optima (MG) with 2.7L engine equipped with PCM 2007 Rondo (UN) with 2.7L engine equipped with PCM If they scan it and pull a code P2135, then TPS replacement and PCM upgrading should be done.
ANSWER by mastertech6371 , July 14, 2010
no matter what it is, you have your manufactures warranty for the car. let the dealer worry about it. Roy
COMMENT by Visitor , July 14, 2010
I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF MY CAR IS GOING TO STOP DRIVING, LIKE I READ HAPPENED TO SOMEONE ELSE WITH THIS PROB. I DO HAVE 2 KIDS TO THINK ABOUT.
COMMENT by riochico , January 30, 2016
can everyone send me please their names and contact information to Goldird@aol.com
ANSWER by elfsprite33 , January 04, 2011
Have you had your problem resolved? On my sorento the ESC OFF light came on in July of 2010, would loose power. Took it to the dealer and they replaced the sensor and the car ran fine...until this past Monday. I went out to warm the car up, after about 10 minutes I returned to the car to leave and noticed that the ESC OFF light was on as well as the check engine light. I am so thankful that this did not happen the day before as I drove 500 MILES home from Mississippi and it could have been a disaster to say the least. This morning, it did the same thing. I turned off the car and restarted, the ESC OFF light went out, but the check engine light is still on. So I will be calling the dealership today to set up an appointment for which I will have to drive 45 miles to get to....that should be interesting!
COMMENT by kiaowner07 , February 16, 2013
My 2007 Kia has done this a couple times now and was at just over 1/4 tank of gas when it happens. I turn the car off, wait a couple of minutes then restart and the ESC light will go off and will drive normal. After refuelling it usually doesn't happen again for a while. I wonder if it may be related to a fuel sensor?
ANSWER by Drgn , September 17, 2015
Alright I'm 17 and my first car was the 2008 Kia Sorento for now since it just began going out it wont stop working but after 6 months or so it will finally give you have to get the dealership part as its unique and no one else really carries the size it requires. It is happening to me so all you do is order from the dealershi[p and replacement every 120,000 miles so overall its a part defect. Sorry to say but its pretty expensive like $500 expensive
ANSWER by riochico , January 30, 2016
hey I have the same problem , went to a Kia mechanic and they can not find the problem, this is very dangerous and I almost got into a car accident with my grandson because when the light starts flashing my car loses power... I am going Corporate and if I have to get a lawyer I will, I wish I had people on my side ,
ANSWER by Visitor , October 14, 2010
My 2008 Kia Rondo also has had the check engine light coming on for about 5 months now...we take it in, sometimes they find something to fix and sometimes they don't....and I use the work "fix" loosely! We lose full power and it's very annoying taking it in the dealers. Now I see it's happening to others. What can be done? I really do not want the car anymore and have tried to sell it for a lose on what I still owe. No takers!!!
ANSWER by Louisjr99 , November 17, 2015
I had problem, changed fuel pedal and throttle body sensor switch thing, did not fix. Turned out my problem was ecm computer. Dealer wanted $1200 for new one, found one at import junk yard and replaced myself for $75. No problems since. We figured out that it was the ecm because when I had the error codes checked at the dealer, they found a code that said there was a problem with my transfer case. (This error was not found when I had it checked at the auto parts store). Since I don't have 4-wheel drive, I don't have a transfer case. They tried flashing it but error came back. They said if I find a even cheaper they would reset it and put it in for $115, but when I brought it to them they said they can't reset it unless it's new and could not guarantee it would work. I made sure that the ecm was from the same year and model of suv that I had with the same specs such as v6, and AT. I put it in myself, just 3 screws and a couple of wire harnesses. Works great, actually think suv runs better than ever.
ANSWER by LeFunk , November 14, 2015
I had the same issue. It was the brake light switch. The part was $18, and I was able to replace it myself. No more problems since.
COMMENT by Lagenia , March 03, 2016
REALLY? was it your ESC light that came on? Im going to do this if so. when its on I never lose power like these other people I wonder if its a RECALL??????
COMMENT by LeFunk , March 05, 2016
Yes...And as of 3/5/16 there are still no more issues with it. Neither the engine light nor the ESC light have been back on. Replace the brake light switch, and that should solve your problem..