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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, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

Average Mileage: 87,111 mi (60,000 mi - 117,000 mi)

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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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  • Valday, , 80,200 mi
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    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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  •  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, , 81,000 mi

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

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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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  • Visitor, , 80,000 mi

    not repaired.weird pain in the neck.

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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, , 109,000 mi

    My '06 well-maintained Sedona is randomly refusing to turn on despite having replaced the battery 5 weeks ago. When I turn the key, all electrical systems are fully functioning but the engine is completely silent. Both times this has happened, it has self-resolved after about 20-30 minutes. Alternator checks out totally fine. Dealership stumped. I will be printing out this thread and taking it in to them. Thanks for the help!

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  • TammyJ, , 117,000 mi
     Rookie

    we purchased this van new in fall 2006. In Dec. '06 one morning the van wouldn't start. Lights on, but nothing starting. We had to have it towed to the nearest dealer. They ran all sorts of tests and finally took everything apart, put it back together, and it started. They called and told me they didn't know why it wouldn't start before, but it did now. We were 2600 miles from home and didn't have time to further explore the issue. It worked fine for about 3 weeks. Over the course of the next couple of months we had to have it towed several times and every time they couldn't recreate the problem. Finally in Feb. 07 it wouldn't start for them and they ended up replacing the anti-theft mod. Besides having constant electrical issues and replacing the battery 3 times the van has worked pretty good until now. Now again, van won't start. We know it's not the battery (just recently replaced and tests fine) and we just replaced the starter a few months ago. All signs point to the anti-theft again. The light turn on, radio works, but silence when try to start. Someone tried to jump it but not even a hint of a start. This is at least a $700 repair. The van is only worth about $1500.

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