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2006 KIA SORENTO: LITER..ECM..THE IDLE HARD STARTING AT..CRANK SENSOR

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HAVE A 2006 KIA SORENTO 3.5 LITER ECM CANNOT PROPERLY CONTROL THE IDLE HARD STARTING AT TIMES/ OR NO START AT TIMES/ WHEN NO START TACH GAGE DID NOT REGISTER ANY RPM/ PUT CONNECTED SCAN TOOL GOT CODE PO338 CRANK SENSOR HIGH/ IS THIS A COMMON PROBLEM ON THESE TRUCKS? WHERE IS THE SENSOR LOCATED? THANK YOU
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Kia
Expert:  Amedee replied 4 years ago.

Hello!

 

YES! THis is a very common problem on these engines!

 

The crank sensor goes bad causing this code and the hard starting.

Visually inspect the crankshaft sensor for broken or flawed wires. Make sure the sensor is secured tightly. Check the hall effect sensor while cranking or engine running on the White/green wire. A 5 volt square wave is normal. This signal should be consistent and clean.

 

Here is a picture of the crankshaft position sensor

 

graphic

 

Customer: replied 4 years ago.
IS THIS A NIGHTMARE JOB?
Expert:  Amedee replied 4 years ago.
Lol... no... its not too bad. Just the timing cover will need to be removed.
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
DOES THE CRANK PULLEY NEED TO BE PULLED? IS THE TIMING COVER SPLIT?
Expert:  Amedee replied 4 years ago.
YES and YES
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