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I have a 2004 Kia Rio that past couple of days has been hard

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I have a 2004 Kia Rio that for the past couple of days has been hard to start. The key wants to turn, but it feels like it is going thru mud before it catches. We had. Some bad weather right before it started, but we have had bad weather before and I have had no issues. Any ideas?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Kia
Expert:  Mike V. replied 1 year ago.

Hi there,

Are you saying the engine is cranking slowly prior to starting?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
It doesn't crank. The engine turns over on the first try, but going from putting the key in and starting it, it feels like mud, like something is taking longer to catch to start the vehicle
Expert:  Mike V. replied 1 year ago.


We need to define terms here.

Crank= this is what happens when you first turn the key.

Turns over= this is the same as crank

Start= we both know

I need to know which is happening so I know we are both on the same page. Mud to me would seem like engine drag when trying to crank the engine. Is this the case?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Basically, it takes too long on the crank to start than it has been. I think it might be the battery since it is several years old.
Expert:  Mike V. replied 1 year ago.


It sounds like the issue is the battery, however it may be the connection on the battery and not the battery itself. Most of the larger parts stores, like Autozone can and will test your battery for you at no charge. So, I would start by checking the connections at the battery for corrosion, if they look good, then have that battery tested. Most will even put a new one in for you if you purchase it there.

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Thank you so much!

Expert:  Mike V. replied 1 year ago.

Hi there,

Just thought I would check in and see how you made out?
Do you need further assistance with this?