Kia Troubleshooting Questions? Ask a Mechanic
Hello, my name is Bobby. I am sorry to hear about your Soul. I have seen a lot of these engines fail prematurely on this vehicle. I would perform a compression test to see if the engine has actually failed. When they started the vehicle at your house did it seem to run fine? As of now you may not be able to get it out of park because of a dead battery. You need to see if the battery has bad connections or if the ground was loosened at the body. Do you have a voltage meter to run some tests?
Thank you. So to clarify, the engine cranks and runs fine, but the vehicle will not come out of park and there are no dash gauges?
Behind the left side of the dash is a fuse box. See if the TCU fuse is blown. It is possible that they may have blown a fuse when they were checking it. Also check ECU2 fuse in the box under the hood.
Does the shift indicator or check engine light come on when the ignition is turned on?
It sounds like an electronic ignition switch failure. Most of the time when the voltage is low in the system from a bad cable connection it will act similarly, but it sounds like the ignition. If you have a voltage meter you can test it.
You need to access the connection on the back of the switch. From there you will see the terminals from the wires and that is where you will test it. Make sure only the red and white wires have voltage. Then turn the ignition on. With it on all but the blue wire should have voltage. If you are missing voltage or if they are below the white and red wires then the switch is bad.
Yes, ground the negative lead and probe with the positive lead.
Sounds good. Thank you. Have a good night and Happy New Year.