You’ve been driving for over half an hour when suddenly the engine light on your dashboard starts to panic. We will specify all the options and analyze them to make it easier for you. First of all, you should know that in most cases, there must be a major problem on your Kia Sportage, so be very cautious.
First, you need to find out what problem you are facing and especially how serious it is. This can be established by the behaviour of the Kia Sportage’s indicator light, as outlined by the different categories listed below. Therefore, refer to the right situation in order to react accordingly.
What to do if the engine light is on when using my Kia Sportage
Among these options, here are the ones for which you have to:
Drive at once to the garage in your Kia Sportage :
– The engine light turns on and off, or flashes: the causes can be multiple, but you should check with a mecanic .
– The light comes on and stays on: this is most likely due to the pollution control system which has problems, so go to a nearby garage.
Stop your Kia Sportage as soon as you can and get in touch with a mecanic for a tow to the garage, do not take chance of driving with it:
– The engine light stays on and the car has performance problems: If a serious problem is discovered by the on-board computer, the safety mode is turned on. This allows you to drive in degraded mode (loss of available power), which avoids more serious problems (engine failure). In this situation, we strongly suggest you to use a garage for your Kia Sportage.
– The light stays on AND flashes: This is the most dangerous situation. This means that the catalytic converter is overheated because it is damaged, which means that at any time it can ignite. Stop your car urgently.
Probable motives of the ignition of the engine warning light
The probable causes of failure of your Kia Sportage’s engine management system are multiple, but categorized into 2 groups:
– material problem: injection system (vacuum hoses, flow meter, injection pump, turbo), emission control system (EGR valve, catalytic converter),…
– electronic problem: defective or disconnected sensor, lambda sensor to change, computer,…
All the motives that could entail the ignition of the engine light on your Kia Sportage
There may possibly then be a problem with a dirty engine injector on your Kia Sportage. We therefore encourage that you clean it. It will operate as usual, but the air and/or fuel will have difficulty circulating.
A faulty injector on your Kia Sportage can potentially send too much fuel and cause over-pollution, which will cause the catalyst to clog up (+ FAP (Particulate Filter) on diesel).
If the catalyst of your Kia Sportage is too dirty, (there is no longer the most suitable balance of chemical components to transform the exhaust gases) consequently the light will come on.
Ditto if the injection pump has a particular problem.
A HS lambda sensor will no longer be able to check the exhaust gases of your Kia Sportage and the ECU will therefore no longer be able to modulate the injection to reduce emissions.
If your Kia Sportage has a petrol engine, an ignition problem (coils or spark plugs) can lead to increased pollution and therefore to the ignition of the engine indicator light.
Also, an overheated catalyst (if you were driving more aggressively, or the existence of fuel in the exhaust system that heats up everything) may cause the engine light on your Kia Sportage to flash.
A throttle position sensor (a housing that manages the volume of air entering the engine) no longer enables the ECU to produce a balanced mixture between fuel and oxidizer (an oxidizer is a chemical substance that has the property of allowing a fuel to burn. An right combination of oxidizer and fuel can lead to combustion): The combustion is no longer correct and the engine is disturbed, which causes the engine indicator light on your Kia Sportage to light up.
A clogged FAP (Particulate Filter) will therefore also of course be a cause, but mostly another indicator symbolizing the filter also lights up in addition.
Poor quality or unsuitable fuel (this sometimes comes about with the E10) can cause this light on your Kia Sportage to light up. It can then turn itself off once you have driven with another fuel. This can happen due to an different pump change. If you are still taking fuel at the same place, ask the person who runs the gas station.
A dirty engine may cause the light to turn on . Indeed, soot can make some parts of the engine less snug (e.g. val)
If perhaps you have any additional questions about the Kia Sportage, do not hesitate to consult our Kia Sportage category.