Kia Sportage Troubleshooting

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Kia Motors first introduced the Sportage in 1995. After discontinuing the model in 2002, it was brought back in a completely new and improved configuration in 2005. Troubleshooting procedures for all Sportage systems are provided in the owner's manual, the Shop Manual and various Service Bulletins for each model year; these can be found at>

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Start by listing known problems. Determine the system affected by each, and follow the applicable procedure in the Troubleshooting section of the Shop Manual to ascertain the root cause of the problem.


Technical documentation for the Kia Sportage dictates that certain troubleshooting procedures should be conducted at specified regular intervals (either time- or mileage-based). These procedures will often reveal problems that are not apparent through a simple assessment of the vehicle's performance.


Kia Sportage models are equipped with second-generation On Board Diagnostics (OBD-II) systems that greatly simplify troubleshooting. These are computerised systems that connect to sensors strategically located in various car systems, continuously monitoring critical functions. When a problem is detected, the OBD-II system triggers a dashboard warning light and sends a specific trouble code that can be read by an OBD-II code reader.

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