Kia Sportage Key Not Working – How To Fix

By Max Anthony •  Updated: 09/15/22 •  3 min read

The Kia Sportage has been designed to provide exceptional performance, comfort and value, in a vehicle that looks stunning. The exterior is also aesthetically pleasing, which makes it a good looking car that appeals to everyone. The interior is well designed and features such as heated seats, automatic climate control and satellite navigation are found in many vehicles today.

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However, like any other vehicle there are things that can go wrong with the vehicle and the one that is going to be covered here is the key not working problem on the Kia Sportage. This is a very common problem with the vehicle and many people have experienced it. It is best to be prepared when this happens so that you can have a way of fixing it as soon as possible.

Reasons for Kia Sportage Key Not Working

The term ‘key not working’ is used to describe a situation where the car’s key does not function when it is inserted into the ignition switch. If the car’s key is not working, then there are several possible causes.

Bad battery connection

It is important that the battery in your sportage key fob is securely held by metal clips that hold it in place and complete the circuit. If you don’t tension the clips tightly, your remote may not be able to communicate with the other devices. If you turn the Sportage key fob, make sure the battery is placed securely and does not move when you shake the remote. When checking the battery contacts on your key fob, make sure they are free from corrosion and that they are free from dust.

Low or dead key fob battery

The battery inside the key fob of a Sportage is protected by metal clips that keep the battery in place and complete the circuit. If the clips are loose, it will cause electrical problems with the remote control. This means that you will lose power. Just make sure that the battery is firmly placed and is positioned so that it does not jiggle when you try to move the remote control by shaking it.

It is very likely that your battery will eventually need to be replaced. When you lose the power to your Kia key fob because your battery is getting low, you can still drive around with the mechanical key that is in the key fob cover. However, you will eventually need to replace the battery.

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Bad signal

Sportage remote control signals can be interrupted by moving objects, bad weather conditions or other transmitters on the same frequency band as your vehicle. It may even be impossible to program a new key fob for your car. Remote control codes may work when you’re close to the vehicle, but they may not work if you are far away. If there is strong interference, your remote may not work at all. If there is no interference between the transmitters and the Sportage, it should start working again once you leave the area.

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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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