When I start 2006 Optima it runs for 4 seconds and dies. keep the ignition switch engaged it continues to run, but when i release the switch it dies.


Asked by May 20, 2016 at 01:02 AM about the 2006 Kia Optima LX

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

When I start my 2006 KIA Optima it runs for about 4 seconds and dies. It has
gas. It I keep the ignition switch engaged it continues to run, but when i
release the switch it dies. The gas pedal and all works fine as long as the
switch is engaged. It has been refusing to start until I turn it on and off several
times. But now it starts but won't stay running.

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it sounds to me like a bad ignition switch.

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I've been leaning that way myself. Thank you for responding.


We struck out mikeatpriestlake. I changed the ignition switch but it still does the same thing. Do you have any other ideas? Thanks again.


Update. I was able to get a code that showed the problem was the camshaft position sensor. I replaced the sensor and that fixed the problem for five minutes then it started doing the same thing again. When I checked the electrical wiring by attaching one lead of a multimeter to the battery ground and probing each of the three connections they all showed 12 volts. Do you have any idea what would cause that. I don't know it it is related, but now I can't get the key out of the ignition. It is in park and the steering wheel is not binding. What do you think.

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