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Kia Sedona Starting difficulty due to defective anti-theft control module

Kia Sedona Problem
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Model Years Affected: 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

Average Mileage: 91,716 mi (12,000 mi - 150,000 mi)

Difficulty starting the vehicle may be caused by a defective vehicle immobilizer (anti-theft) control module.
  • Visitor, , 85,000 mi

    Turn the key and car won't start. No noise at all from engine trying to turn over. All electrical devices work though, radio, lights etc. Usually have to lock and unlock doors to reset anti theft system, then have to hold key in start position for a few seconds before it starts

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  •  Rookie

    Been having problems for last six months. Dealer changed anti theft module three weeks ago. Two day later same issue. Returned vehicle to shop following Monday. Dealer had vehicle two days with no issues. They cleaned terminals on starter and swapped relays. Next day I had same issues twice. Worked fine for 1 week. Then last night issue returned. Sometime have to turn key up to 40 times before it will start.

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  • Valday, , 80,200 mi

    Last November this happened for the first time - turned key, lights all on, engine did not turn over at all. Dealer said poor connection to starter removed, cleaned and re-secured both + & - cables. Van was fine until mid July. Same problem. Dealer replaced relay, still didn't start, now does intermittently. Dealer claims no knowledge of this easily findable problem with the Vehicle Immobilizer Control Module. Huh? Reports been going on for last 10 years!

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  • Visitor, , 81,000 mi

    car will start sometimes without a problem. suddenly won't start. dealer confirmed immobilizer control mod.

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  •  Rookie

    van won't start have to keep clicking till it will turn over i believe it's in the theft system because it doesn't work anymore

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  • Visitor, , 60,000 mi

    Issue starting mini van. Have repair contract. Kia dealership says they know nothing about this issue and can not fix it until it happens in shop.

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  • Visitor, , 89,500 mi

    The car starts and runs great but occasionally will not crank. All the proper lights come on the dash, everything else works fine but no crank. It may crank again on the next attemt or not for 10 -20 min. Some blogs say to thump on the relays in the cabin fuse box or the engine compartment fuse box. I have done so and had no luck but then suddenly it will crank and start. I have no clue if the thumping helps or if it is just coincidental.

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  • Visitor, , 80,000 mi

    not repaired.weird pain in the neck.

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  • Visitor, , 150,000 mi


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  • Visitor, , 100,000 mi

    Van just want start. All the inside lights work and so do the alarmes, but nothing from engine when i try to crank it up.

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