My Rondo 2009 Is Having Starting Problems


Asked by Oct 24, 2016 at 06:19 PM about the 2009 Kia Rondo EX V6

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Recently had experienced starting problems with vehicle. You turn ignition
key but all you hear is one clic, car does not start. Then turn it a couple of
more times and then car starts. Drive vehicle for a couple of weeks without
problems. Happens again, but then car starts. Take car into dealership for oil
change, winter tires and ask them to look into this intermittent starting
problem as I don't want to be stranded in middle of winter. They diagnose the
battery as the problem as it 'failed' to pass the battery tests. Battery replaced
with Kia battery. 3 days later car would not stop. Tried several times, but all I
heard was a clic, even though lights and radio worked. Waited another day
and tried again. No luck, same problem. Called Canadian Automobile
Association to boost or tow vehicle to dealership. With the first boost to the
new battery car started with no problem. Drove car to dealership. After
discussions with them, they had told me that old battery was failing, and that
my alternator wax functioning fine. But to diagnose problem they need the
vehicle not being able to start. Guess what, car started for them with key. I
understand their logic as they don't want to guess what the problem is which
becomes expensive and time consuming for me.
Anyone experience this or have a logical idea what the problem is? Why does
a a boost to a brand new battery suggest the problem is? Does the added
charge boost the electrical charge throughout the system that then allows to
key to start the car?
Any advice is appreciated, otherwise I need the car fail again in starting and
have it towed to dealership.

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Make sure all the battery connections are tight and clean. You may want to have the starter tested as the solenoid may be going out.

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Try the least expensive and most logical thing. Clean battery cables make sure there is no corrosion and that cables are not brittle and to make sure they are tight. If you still have the same issue, Check battery voltage when it happens,should be minimum 12.4vdc. If voltage is ok, replace starter.

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Seems these cars have a lot of starting issues. I had this problem , dealer said I would need to get new keys as the computer was thinking car was being stolen , anti theft . I did get new keys and ignition locks , problem still happens. What I found helped the best was to take the key out of the ignition and put it back in , starts everytime! Now I have discovered another issue, the motor revs high at times and when I go to park it doesnt totally shut off. First time I thought oh the fan belt is just coolning the engine like my honda civic did, no big deal..?. ONLY WHEN I RETURNED after finishing my shift, the battery was dead. Now I listen real good when I turn off the car, if it still has something humming I turn the key back to half a full crank and everything nicely shuts off.


Thanks for the he replies. Here's the latest update from my problem. Two days ago I dropped and left car with dealership. They were hoping that they would experience a non-start to help with diagnoses. However car ends up starting. This morning visited dealership. Service manager indicated car started this morning. While I was they he went out to car to try start again. It started. Then while talking to me he tried again, and finally it did not start. He used to be a technician and explained to me that 99% the problem was the starter. He explained that reason why car may not start is that the starter may be on a "dead spot". Each time you turn the key there may be some movement inside the starter, hereby starting on next turn of key or maybe not. After he witnessed the non-start, he brought out a current technician from the garage to witness the non-start. Guess what happened, the car started. Taking into consideration of what a few mentioned in their replies to me here, and listening to the Service Manager not wanting to "guess"what the problem is, I proceeded to have the starter replaced. Not a cheap Repair but the Service Manager reduced the cost of the replacement part & also some of the labour cost. They also offered to me a free loaner car to use until repairs were done. I'll have a better idea over the next two we is if problem has truly been fixed. I'll let you all know in a follow up response. Forgot to mention that my vehicle has about 250,000 km on the odometer.

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