my kia won't start on 2003 Kia Sorento

Ok, i'll start with that. It has been 20- 30 degrees here for 2 weeks, I drove the car last friday, then went to get in it that night and it wouldn't start. just click click click sound. I jumped it, still same click click click. Battery read 12.5 V, so I assumed starteter and had that replaced. STILL same noise!! then I jumped it , leaving cables on for 1/2 hr. then engine turned slowly a little then click click click.... Does this sound like a battery issue? did I need to replace the starter? Also, now the key won't turn to off position to remove it, as well as the shift lever will not move out of park. Any ideas, thoughts or suggestions would be greatly appreciated, Thanks.

by in Springfield, VA on January 08, 2010
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ANSWER by on January 08, 2010
Hello,, lets start with the basics , even though your battery reads 12.5 volts , under a load it may fail. I would replace the battery , before i would go to the extent of replacing the starter , im not sure how you tested the battery, but if you hook a volt meter to the battery and then try to crank the engine , if the voltage drop is considerable , i would start there , make sure the connections are clean and tight. The starter is highly unlikely at this point , however is still a poss cause.
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COMMENT by on January 09, 2010
Thanks, I will test the battery under load.
COMMENT by on January 24, 2010
have ruled out the battery and starter. I'm leaning toward a transmission issue. ... perhaps the tranny is locked up. It won't come out of park, still won't start. could the flywheel be locked up? HELP PLEASE!!!
COMMENT by on January 24, 2010
iF THE BATTERY AND STARTER IS OK , THEN TRY TO TURN THE ENGINE OVER BY HAND. USE A SOCKET AND RATCHET ON THE FRONT OF THE CRANKSHAFT PULLY AND TRY TO TURN THE ENGINE OVER, IF IT TURNS OVER, THEN THE ENGINE TRANS IS FINE. YOU MAY ALSO WANT TO REMOVE THE DRIVE BELTS FROM THE ENGINE AND TRY TO TURN OVER ALSO , AND CHECK ALL THE PULLEYS TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY ALLSPIN FREELY. IF THAT ALL CHECKS OUT FINE , THEN YOU WANT TO CHECK THE CABLES AND CONNECTIONS FROM BATTERY TO STARTER, AND ALSO THE GROUND CABLE AS WELL.
COMMENT by on January 24, 2010
Thanks, I will try to turn the crankshaft manually. Any thoughts on the shifter not moving out of park with the key in on position? or does the engine have to be running?????? seems unusual
COMMENT by on January 24, 2010
ok, crank pulley turns , engine still doesn't turn over...... just a series of clicks. i checked all wiring and tightened all connections, ground and batt and starter terminals......argggghhhhhh
COMMENT by on June 30, 2010
I have the same problem with my kia sorento. did you get an answer as to what the problem was? I got my 2004 KIA Sorento towed to the dealership.. not sure yet, they have to look at it.
ANSWER by on January 26, 2010
we have a 2005 kia and when the battery is dead it will NOT shift in or out of park whatever gear it is in is where it will stay until it get power again. try changing the battery or put a small heater under the front of the car for about an hour this will help it start alot easier.
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ANSWER by on June 06, 2010
When my 2005 Kia wouldn't start, the dealership ended up machining and cleaning the heads due to excessive carbon buildup. Started right up after that repair.
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COMMENT by on June 25, 2010
My Kia is in the shop right now gwtting new heads and are replaced, but it still won't start. Mechanic is stumped. Wjat do you do when this happens? $2,000 and still not working. UGH!
ANSWER by on November 15, 2010
Have battery and starter checked out, either by a diagonostic which can be a little costly at a shop or you can do a process of elimination by removing the battery and have it tested at a parts store such as autozone free of charge. They may have to fully charge it before testing it which may take a couple of hours and if it checks good, andf you have mechanic ability, you could remove the starter and have it bench tested at the parts store also, make sure the battery connections are disconnected from battery before removing starter. also this Kia may have a programmed key which may be disfuctional and need to be reprogrammed at a dealer but try a spare key first before assuming this to be the problem. I hope this helps.
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ANSWER by on April 24, 2011
TRY WATINNG AND CHANGE FUEL PUMP THEN TRY
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