2008 Kia Sorento Q&A
2008 Kia Sorento Question: check engine light and ESC OFF light on
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 - Visitor
no matter what it is, you have your manufactures warranty for the car. let the dealer worry about it. Roy - mastertech6371
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. - Visitor
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. - Visitor
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!!! - Visitor
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... - Visitor
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! - elfsprite33
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 - Visitor
read these postings http://www.kia-forums.com/kia-carnival-sedona-2006/44306-esc-off-sudden-lack-throttle-response.html - Visitor
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 . - Visitor
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. - carson9
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 wee...
While driving I notices that the "ESC OFF" light had come on as well as the "Check Engine Light" and tyhe "ABS" light There is a button on the left bottom of the dash that says "ESC Off" Switch. ...
LAST WEEK, THE ESC OFF LIGHT POPPED UP AND IS THERE ALL THE TIME THE ENGINE IS RUNNING OR THE KEY IS ON. WHAT CAN I DO TO GET THIS CORRECTED ?