STARTER WONT TURN OVER

  • Tiny
  • cbond330
  • 2002 Kia Rio
  • 12,500 miles

I've got a 2002 Kia Rio that will not start. It started as an intermittent problem: when the key was turned to the "on" position the lights, radio, etc would all come on, but when you would try to start it nothing would happen. After a few weeks of this on and off, now it won't start at all. I've replaced the ignition switch & the starter, and the battery is good. What could it be?

Friday, February 3rd, 2012 AT 8:06 PM

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  • Tiny
  • rasmataz
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Check and test the starter relay and transmission range switch

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Friday, February 3rd, 2012 AT 8:39 PM
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  • hmac300
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I'm sending a schematic and check the two fuses I have marked with arrows. Also check to make sure power is going through the neutral switch if an automatic or clutch switch if a stick.

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Friday, February 3rd, 2012 AT 8:40 PM
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  • cbond330
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How can I make sure that power is going through the neutral safety switch?

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Friday, February 3rd, 2012 AT 8:43 PM
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  • hmac300
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A test light or volt meter, you will need a helper to try to crank the car while tesing for going in and out

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Friday, February 3rd, 2012 AT 8:46 PM
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  • cbond330
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It's a rotary-style switch, so can I just use a test light ont the prongs of the plug that plug into the switch?

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Friday, February 3rd, 2012 AT 8:48 PM
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  • hmac300
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Yes but if you disconnect the switch you will have to jump to the other wire or leave it plugged in an djust hit teh prongs on teh switch with the test light.

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Friday, February 3rd, 2012 AT 8:51 PM
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  • cbond330
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Because its a rotary switch, I can't simply unplug it from the tranny and touch the prongs

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Friday, February 3rd, 2012 AT 8:55 PM
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  • hmac300
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Then probe the wires you have a schematic. If you dont 'know how to do this then have a pro check it out.

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Friday, February 3rd, 2012 AT 8:56 PM

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