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95 Sportage Won't Start #1101838 07/27/16 10:49 PM
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joelrios1 Offline OP
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Hi there, I'm new to this forum and have a 95 kia Sportage SOHC and the issue I'm having with it is that it doesn't want to run. It starts but nothing else. It all started by giving me some signs like the engine turning off suddengly while driving then restarting again without me doing anything else to it. I thought it was the ECU, but tried my ECU in another truck today and started right away. So definitely it's not the ECU. I checked a fuse that I think is for the fuel system that was a little loose and tightened the sockets but nothing happened except for the relay now stays activated (Before it kind of gave like a ticking noise). What else should I try. Please help me because I need this car running for me to go to work. Thanks in advance for any help you can give me and please excuse me for this long writing and the bad english.

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Re: 95 Sportage Won't Start [Re: joelrios1] #1101839 07/28/16 12:00 AM
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Not sure where to start on diagnosing. If the engine dies suddenly, then restarts without using the starter (assuming you have a manual transmission), I'd suspect its either a bad electrical connection or a problem with fuel flow at the pump or filter.

Being that you're living in a tropical, coastal location on the ocean, and given the history of wiring problems the Sportys have had, I'd disconnect, inspect, clean and coat with dielectric grease (or a corrosion inhibitor), and reconnect all of the connectors on the engine harness. And check the wires just behind the connectors too. I've found corrosion creeping up the wire from the connector on a few of mine. Might want to check the battery cables too. But if you're not losing all electrical power when the engine dies, then it's probably not a ground connection-related problem... probably.

If you have never changed the fuel filter or have knowledge of it being changed, that might be a good thing to look at. Usually, fuel pumps are working or dead, unless there's an issue with the wiring. You can access the pump and the wiring harness under the rear passenger seat, if you didn't know that already.

Are you getting a check engine light or any OBD codes? That might help sort things out. That's all I can think of at the moment. Hope that helps.

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