Car won't start sometimes

Asked by Jul 27, 2015 at 02:22 PM about the 2012 Kia Rio LX

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Okay my 2012 Kia Rio won't start
sometimes. I'll put the key into the
ignition and try to and it won't do
anything. I know it's not a bad
battery, but all I have to do is take
the key out and keep doin it and
eventually it will start. And it only
does this some days, while other
days it's fine. And today it started to
do it and my check engine light
came on. Does anybody know what
could cause this?

1 Answer


Since your CEL is lit, go to a parts house or some service center and get an OBDII scan. Don't pay for it..if they want to charge you, go someplace else. Then don't buy anything...yet. Some parts guys know what they are doing...others not so much, and if they talk you in to buying electrical parts, they can not be returned, even if never installed. Get the fault code(s) and bring them back here, one of us will be happy to help you with the most cost-effective solution.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

  • Car won't start 2 answers

    My car won't start. Starts sometimes like normal. Then it won't between stops. Can jump it and it starts. Had the battery and alternator checked and they test good. But when it won't start it slight...

    2009 Kia Rio LX


    Maintenance & Repair

  • I have problems starting my car! 50 answers

    I have a 2010 Rio LX with 56000 miles. About 8 months ago it started to give me problems and not always starting. When I go to start the car I turn the key over and it attempts to start but does not...

    2010 Kia Rio LX


    Maintenance & Repair

  • why will my car not start? 13 answers

    My car was parked on down slope all day. As I drove away it stalled and would not start again. It was low on fuel, so I put 5 gals in. It still would not start. I towed it home and put in on level gr...

    2004 Kia Rio Base


    Maintenance & Repair

  • Ac noise remains on even with car turned off 2 answers

    My 2007 Kia Rio used to intermitently turn on & off. Recently the ac worked but when I turned off the car the ac fan would remain on. Today the car won't start. It's been on a battery charger for ...

    2007 Kia Rio Base


    Maintenance & Repair

  • Car won't start, why.? 4 answers

    i have a 2010 Kia Soul. I've been to the dealership 3 times and and they still can't find the problem. This morning we are taking it in again. Problem? Every now and then I get in the car put key ...

    2010 Kia Soul 4u


    Maintenance & Repair

Search Kia Rio Questions

UK Questions

Are you a UK consumer? CarGurus now has a discussion forum in the UK.

Kia Rio Experts

#1 abcdef8
Reputation 580
#2 flippinthemadstyles
Reputation 460
#2 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 460
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Hyundai Accent
199 Great Deals out of 11,764 listings starting at $2,695
Used Kia Forte
204 Great Deals out of 17,557 listings starting at $3,200
Used Honda Civic
859 Great Deals out of 70,031 listings starting at $1,200
Used Toyota Corolla
973 Great Deals out of 67,452 listings starting at $1,595
Used Hyundai Elantra
668 Great Deals out of 53,102 listings starting at $895
Used Kia Soul
322 Great Deals out of 28,802 listings starting at $3,499
Used Kia Rio5
20 Great Deals out of 1,329 listings starting at $4,995
Used Kia Optima
546 Great Deals out of 30,982 listings starting at $1,250
Used Ford Focus
883 Great Deals out of 58,591 listings starting at $800
Used Toyota Camry
1,215 Great Deals out of 96,011 listings starting at $1,250
Used Ford Fiesta
186 Great Deals out of 17,203 listings starting at $2,995
Used Mazda MAZDA3
360 Great Deals out of 28,438 listings starting at $1,200
Used Nissan Versa
281 Great Deals out of 18,720 listings starting at $999
Used Nissan Sentra
619 Great Deals out of 52,476 listings starting at $2,000
Used Honda Accord
984 Great Deals out of 75,076 listings starting at $899

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Kia Rio LX For Sale
1,542 listings starting at $10,705
2016 Kia Rio LX For Sale
33 Great Deals out of 1,757 listings starting at $7,900
2015 Kia Rio LX For Sale
18 Great Deals out of 471 listings starting at $7,499
2014 Kia Rio LX For Sale
7 Great Deals out of 317 listings starting at $6,312
2013 Kia Rio LX For Sale
30 Great Deals out of 450 listings starting at $5,713