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Faulty Throttle Position Switch on Kia Sportage

Problem Description and Possible Solution

Check Engine Light illumination—combined with a lack of power or a stumble on acceleration—may be caused by the throttle position switch (TPS). Kia released an improved part which should correct this concern.

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Kia Sportage Vehicles With This Problem

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Average mileage: 91,290 (8–181,700)
Exhaust & Emissions affected: 2.7L V6
13 model years affected: 1995, 1998, 1999, 2002, more2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2016, 2017
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My 98 kia sportage hesitates while sitting or about to take off. When I give it acceleration it will proceed but at times stumbles when proceeding to go please help!
My 2006 Kia Sportage started stalling when I would come to a stop light/sign. It would start right back up but I was afraid that it might not. I took to the Kia dealer to troubleshoot. Of course it didn't happen for them. It continued to happen so I took it back and told them to figure it out. 2 days later, they replaced the throttle position switch and the problem seems to be fixed (4 days now without the problem). Cost for part was minimal - $41.00 but labor was $160. Total bill was $213.00 but I'm glad to pay it if the problem is fixed. My car only has 31,100 miles on it and otherwise, its been a great car.
Car has a rough idle! Loses power in process of driving doesn't want to accelerate than when gas pedal is floored for a period of time will regain acceleration and is worse off in stop and go traffic and does at times stall but will drive away after restart! Black smoke from exhaust
Starts up but if I hit a bump it acts like its going to stall, then after a couple of miles my kia shuts off. If I jiggle the TPS pigtail it will start back up and then if I use the air you hear a lot of ticking sound then it stalls. You hear the clicking sound coming from the TPS.
Hit 30K miles exactly today. Noticed that the gas pedal was "sticking" slightly. Would step on the gas from a stopped position and have to press harder to accelerate and then the car jerks forward.
lack of power, would not accelerate on triptronic mode.
on automatic it was taking a long time to reach 45 MPH, check engine light came on.
something related to the throttle had to be replaced.
My car has been hesitant when I push the gas pedal since I first bought it new. I thought that since it was new it would just correct itself. But it is still happening. Sometimes it does this when I pull out in front of cars and try to accelerate. It could cause you to wreck.
This has happened twice I would be driving and as I attempt to slow down to stop it loses power and the light comes on. I originally thought it had gotten hot and when I pulled over or restarted it quit. Very sporadic only happened twice
Two warning lights come on randomly. The car swerving icon and the car going downhill light. Feels like engine shifts to lower gear and accelerates very slowly. Scared it might get me killed one day trying to take a turn and not being able to accolade quickly enough. This is my 3rd visit to Kia. Keep acting like they aren’t sure what’s going on when I have already read this is a common problem, I am currently here for the 3rd time bc they said they couldn’t fix unless the warning lights were on to diagnose the problem. 1st two times I came by “the system was down” they said and schedule to bring it in. Brought it in to be “fixed” and already back less than a week with same problem. Car is les than a year old. Afraid I have purchased a lemon. Not good. :(. Update, guy just came in and said they will put me in a rental until it’s fixed. Still haven’t told me what’s “officially “ wrong yet.
Hard downshift when brake is applied. Changed TPS and had dealer clear the codes and it runs fine again with no issues.