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#568749 - 02/15/05 03:28 PM Flashing HOLD light  

I'm driving a 1998 Kia Sportage automatic. For an unknown reason, my kia sportage had a lack of acceleration. This had previously never happened before. The revs were building up but the gears didn't drop. It felt as if the clutch wasn't catching. Anyway, i revved up the engine, the gear dropped wildly and then the HOLD light on my dashboard started flashing. I still had poor acceleration.. I drove for about 5 miles with the hold light persistently flashing. I then stopped the vehicle. Left it for 5 minutes and restarted the engine. THe Hold light stopped flashing and acceleration was normal again. I took the Kia Sportage to the mechanic the next day, but he couldn't find anything wrong with it. Anyone have any ideas?

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#568750 - 02/15/05 05:17 PM Re: Flashing HOLD light  
Axe Man  Offline

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The Sportage automatic is electronically controlled by the TCM (Transmission Control Unit) and the ECM (Engine computer). When the "Hold" light starts flashing that means the TCM detected some sort of error. The "check engine" light should have come on too. When in that error mode the shifts on the transmission can get all funky which is what you apparently experienced.

I'm not sure what your mechanic did but chances are he scanned the engine computer with a scan tool and probably accidentally wiped out any trouble codes that were stored. If the "hold" light starts flashing again have the trouble codes scanned out. Autozone will do this for free. The codes will be formatted PXXXX, where XXXX is a series of numbers. Post those numbers here and we can provide fixes.

Chances are the error you experienced was NOT a serious transmission problem. There are known wiring problems that can be easily fixed. But need the trouble codes to determine for sure.

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#568751 - 02/15/05 08:32 PM Re: Flashing HOLD light [Re: Axe Man]  
Dave Scott  Offline
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my auto tranny drove for a full day after it was massively overheated. i got the flashing hold about half-way through the day, then it just started to shut down on me. drove another 200 feet or so and it just died, total death, everything shut down. be careful, find out what's wrong with it.

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CURRENTLY - 2000 sportage, 5.38 gears, welded diffs, 35" tires, 5.5" lift


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