Kia Sorento Media Not Working – How To Fix

By Max Anthony •  Updated: 09/25/22 •  3 min read

The Kia Sorento is a mid-size crossover SUV that is a luxury vehicle with a competitive starting price. Anyone who is looking for a stylish, safe and spacious vehicle would love to have this one. While driving, the Kia Sorento’s interior comes alive with many unique features that make it one of the most luxurious vehicles in its class. The materials used for making its interior are soft and smooth which gives it a sophisticated look and feel. Other features include dual climate control system, keyless entry, cruise control and much more.

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However, it is not a perfect car. For one, it is a relatively new model. Thus, it is prone to many issues that could be fixed with a few simple steps. In this article, we will talk about some of the common Kia Sorento media problems and how to fix them.

Why Kia Sorento Media Stopped Working

There are several reasons why the media button on your Kia Optima will not work. It could also be that something snags the button on the side and it cannot be operated. It is necessary to remove the head unit from the car and clean it. It would then be possible to release the button that is stuck. Secondly, you could have a problem with the software, and you will need to have the system reset.

There are two ways you can reset the stereo. One is by removing the cable from the bottom of the head unit and removing the nut that holds the cable in place. One is to use a small paper clip and insert it into the hole that is on the front of the head unit and wait for the system to start working again. You can also disconnect the cable that connects the negative battery to the radio and allow it to sit for about 20 minutes and then reconnect it. You will need to use a standard 10 mm socket to loosen the nut that holds the cable together.

Fixing Kia Sorento Media Not Working

Use a voltmeter or test light

You may be able to check power and ground with a voltmeter or a test light to find out where the fault is. Loose or corroded or worn-out grounding will cause more complicated problems than a total failure, so make sure you check first before you buy a new head unit. If all is well with both your power and your ground, but your head unit doesn’t turn on, it’s probably toast.

Fix the antenna

If your radio won’t turn on when you try to listen to a CD or an MP3 player or any other audio source, then the problem is either with the tuner or the antenna. Sometimes the problem is with the radio’s head unit, but often the problem is with the radio antenna.

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Having a weak antenna or having one that is always loose can cause poor reception or no reception at all. If your car radio is having problems, try tightening the antenna wires or buying a new antenna.

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Max Anthony

Max is a gizmo-savvy guy, who has a tendency to get pulled into the nitty gritty details of technology and cars. He attended UT Austin, where he studied Information Science. He’s married and has three kids, one dog and a GMC truck and a Porsche 911. With a large family, he still finds time to share tips and tricks on cars, trucks and more.

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