check engine KIA Rio 2009 2.G Owner's Manual
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Knowing your vehicle
Your vehicle is equipped with an elec-
tronic engine immobilizer system to
reduce the risk of unauthorized vehicle
Your immobilizer system is comprised of
a small transponder in the ignition key,
and antenna coil in the key cylinder and
Immobilizer Control Unit (or Smartra
With this system, whenever you insert
your ignition key into the ignition switch
and turn it to ON, the antenna coil in the
ignition switch receives a signal from the
transponder in the ignition key and then
sends the signal to the ECU (Engine
The ECU checks the signal whether the
ignition key is valid.
If the key is determined to be valid, the
engine will start.
If the key is determined to be invalid, the
engine will not start.To deactivate the immobilizer
system:Insert the ignition key into the key cylin-
der and turn it to the ON position.
To activate the immobilizer sys-
tem:Turn the ignition key to the OFF position.
The immobilizer system activates auto-
matically. Without a valid ignition key for
your vehicle, the engine will not start.✽ ✽NOTICEWhen starting the engine, do not use the
key with other immobilizer keys around.
Otherwise the engine may not start or
may stop soon after it starts. Keep each
key separately not to have any malfunc-
tion after you receive your new vehicle.
Limp home (override) procedureWhen you turn the ignition key to the ON
position, if the IMMO indicator goes off
after blinking 5 times, your transponder
equipped in the ignition key is out of order.
You cannot start the engine without the
lime home procedure. To start the engine,
you have to input your password by using
the ignition switch.
The following procedure is how to input
your password of “2345” as an example.
1. Turn the ignition key to the ON position.
The IMMO indicator ( ) will blink 5
times and go off indicating the begin-
ning of the limp home procedure.
2. Turn the ignition key to the ACC posi- tion.
IMMOBILIZER SYSTEM (IF EQUIPPED)
Do not put metal accessories nearthe key or ignition key.
The engine may not start for themetal accessories may interrupt thetransponder signal from normally transmitting.
In order to prevent theft of your
vehicle, do not leave spare keys
anywhere in your vehicle. Your
Immobilizer password is a cus-
tomer unique password and should
be kept confidential. Do not leave
this number anywhere in your vehi-
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Air bag warning lightThe purpose of air bag warning light in
your instrument panel is to alert you of a
potential problem with your air bag -
Supplemental Restraint System (SRS).
When the ignition switch is turned ON,
the indicator light should blink or illumi-
nate for approximately 6 seconds, then
Have the system checked if:
The light does not turn on briefly when
you turn the ignition ON.
The light stays on after the engine starts.
The light comes on while the vehicle is in motion.
Air bag (Supplemental Restraint
System) service Your Supplemental Restraint System is
virtually maintenance-free. There are no
parts which you can service.
You must have the system serviced
under the following circumstances:
If an air bag ever inflates, the air bagmust be replaced. Do not try to remove
or discard the air bag by yourself. This
must be done by an authorized Kia
If the air bag warning indicator light alerts you to a problem, have the air
bag system checked as soon as possi-
ble. Otherwise, your air bag system
may be ineffective.
Never put child restraint in thefront passenger seat. If the front
passenger air bag inflates, it may
cause severe or fatal injuries.
When children are seated in the rear outboard seats in which cur-
tain air bags are equipped, be
sure to put the child restraint sys-
tem as far away from the door
side as possible, and secure the
child restraint system to be
locked in position.
Inflation of side or curtain air bag
(if equipped) could cause severe
injury or death due to the expan-
- No modification
Do not modify any part of the air bagsystem. Modification could makethe air bag system ineffective or could cause unnecessary deploy-ment.
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3Outside the vehicle To open the trunk, insert the key into
the lock and turn it to the right (clock-
To close the trunk, use both hands to push the trunk lid down. Check to see
if the trunk is completely shut.
Trunk room lampTrunk room lamp turns on when the trunk
is opened. It remains on until the trunk is
securely closed.✽ ✽ NOTICEMake sure to close the trunk securely. If
it remains open while engine is not run-
ning, it may cause battery discharge
because trunk room lamp remains on.
TRUNK (IF EQUIPPED)
Engine exhaust and a wide variety
of automobile components and
parts, including components found
in the interior furnishings in a vehi-
cle, contain or emit chemicals
known to the State of California to
cause cancer and birth defects and
reproductive harm. In addition, cer-
tain fluids contained in vehicles
and certain products of component
wear contain or emit chemicals
known to the State of California to
cause cancer and birth defects or
other reproductive harm.
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Closing the hood1. Before closing the hood, check the fol-lowing:
must be correctly installed.
bustible material must be removed
from the engine compartment.
2. Secure the support rod in its clip.
3. Lower the hood to about 30 cm (12 inches) height and then let it drop to
properly lock in place.
Make sure the hood is properly locked
FUEL FILLER LID 1. Stop the engine.
2. To open the fuel filler lid, pull the release lever. (if equipped)
Before closing the hood, make sure that all engine parts andtools have been removed fromthe engine area and that no one’s hands are near the hood opening.
Do not leave gloves, rags or any other combustible material in theengine compartment. Doing somay cause a heat-induced fire.
To avoid injury from sharp edges, itis recommended that protective gloves be worn if there is a need toopen the fuel filler door manually.
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✽NOTICE• Make sure to refuel with unleaded
• Check to make sure the fuel filler cap is securely closed after refueling. A
loose fuel filler cap may cause the
“Check fuel filler cap ( )” light in
the instrument panel to illuminate
• If the fuel filler cap requires replace- ment, use only a genuine Kia cap or
the equivalent specified for your vehi-
cle. An incorrect fuel filler cap can
result in a serious malfunction of the
fuel system or emission control sys-
• Do not spill fuel on the exterior sur- faces of the vehicle. Any type of fuel
spilled on painted surfaces may dam-
age the paint.
DO NOT use matches or a lighter
and DO NOT SMOKE or leave a lit
cigarette in your vehicle while at a
gas station especially during
refueling. Automotive fuel is high-
ly flammable and can, when ignit-
ed, result in fire.
If a fire breaks out during refuel- ing, leave the vicinity of the vehi-
cle, and immediately contact the
manager of the gas station and
then contact the local fire depart-
ment or 911.
Static electricity discharge from
the container can ignite fuel
vapors causing a fire. Once refu-
eling has begun, contact with the
vehicle should be maintained
until the filling is complete.
Use only portable plastic fuel
containers designed to carry and
Do not use cellular phones while refueling. Electric current and/or
electronic interference from cellu-
lar phones can potentially ignite
fuel vapors causing a fire.
When refueling, always shut the engine off. Sparks produced by
electrical components related to
the engine can ignite fuel vapors
causing a fire. Once refueling is
complete, check to make sure the
filler cap and filler door are
securely closed, before starting
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Driving your vehicle24Ignition switch and anti-theft
steering column lock
Ignition switch positionLOCK
The steering wheel locks to protect
against theft. The ignition key can be
removed only in the LOCK position.
When turning the ignition switch to the
LOCK position, push the key inward at
the ACC position and turn the key toward
the LOCK position (manual transaxle).
The steering wheel is unlocked and elec-
trical accessories are operative.✽ ✽
NOTICEIf difficulty is experienced turning the
ignition switch to the ACC position, turn
the key while turning the steering wheel
right and left to release the tension.ON
This is the normal running position after
the engine is started. The warning lights
can be checked before the engine is
started.Do not leave the ignition switch ON if the
engine is not running to prevent batterydischarge.
Turn the ignition key to the START posi-
tion to start the engine. The engine will
crank until you release the key; then it
returns to the ON position. The brake
warning lamp can be checked in this
position.Automatic transaxleWhen turning the ignition switch to the
LOCK position, the shift lever must be in
the P (Park) position.
When you intend to park or stop the
vehicle with the engine on, be care-
ful not to depress the accelerator
pedal for a long period of time. It
may overheat the engine or exhaust
system and cause fire.
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Releasing the parking brakeTo release the parking brake, first apply
the foot brake and pull up the parking
brake lever slightly. Secondly, depress
the release button and lower the parking
brake lever while holding the button.Check the brake warning light by turning
the ignition switch ON (do not start the
engine). This light will be illuminated
when the parking brake is applied with
the ignition switch in the START or ON
Before driving, be sure the parking brake
is fully released and the brake warning
light is off.
If the brake warning light remains on
after the parking brake is released, there
may be a malfunction in the brake sys-
tem. Immediate attention is necessary.
If at all possible, cease driving the vehi-
cle immediately. If that is not possible,
use extreme caution while operating the
vehicle and only continue to drive the
vehicle until you can reach a safe loca-
tion or repair shop.
- Parking brake
To prevent unintentional move-
ment when stopped and leaving
the vehicle, do not use the
gearshift lever in place of the
parking brake. Set the parking
brake AND make sure the
gearshift lever is securely posi-
tioned in 1st (First) gear or R
(Reverse) for manual transaxle
equipped vehicles and in P (Park)
for automatic transaxle equipped
Never allow a person who is unfa- miliar with the vehicle or children
to touch the parking brake. If the
parking brake is released unin-
tentionally, serious injury may
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4Power steering (if equipped)Power steering uses energy from the
engine to assist you in steering the vehi-
cle. If the engine is off or if the power
steering system becomes inoperative,
the vehicle may still be steered, but it will
require increased steering effort.
Should you notice any change in the
effort required to steer during normal
vehicle operation, have the power steer-
ing checked by an authorized Kia dealer.✽ ✽
NOTICE• Never hold the steering wheel against
a stop (extreme right or left turn) for
more than 5 seconds with the engine
running. Holding the steering wheel
for more than 5 seconds in either posi-
tion may cause damage to the power
• If the power steering drive belt breaks or if the power steering pump mal-
functions, the steering effort will
✽ ✽ NOTICEIf the vehicle is parked for extended
periods outside in cold weather (below -
10 °C /14 °F), the power steering may
require increased effort when the engine
is first started. This is caused by
increased fluid viscosity due to the cold
weather and does not indicate a mal-
When this happens, increase the engine
RPM by depressing the accelerator until
the RPM reaches 1,500 rpm then release
or let the engine idle for two or three
minutes to warm up the fluid.
Tilt steering (if equipped)A tilt steering wheel allows you to adjust
the steering wheel before you drive. You
can also raise it to the highest level to
give your legs more room when you exit
and enter the vehicle.
The steering wheel should be positioned
so that it is comfortable for you to drive,
while permitting you to see the instru-
ment panel warning lights and gauges.
Never adjust the angle of steering
wheel while driving. You may lose
your steering control and cause
severe personal injury or acci-
After adjusting, push the steering wheel both up and down to be
certain it is locked in position.
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4Fuel gaugeThe fuel gauge indicates the approxi-
mate amount of fuel remaining in the fuel
Fuel tank capacity - 45 liters
The fuel gauge is supplemented by a low
fuel warning light, which will illuminate
when the fuel level has dropped to about
5.5~6.5 liters (1.5~1.7 gallons).
Instrument panel illumination
(if equipped)When the vehicle’s parking lights or head-
lights are on, rotate the illumination con-
trol knob to adjust the instrument panel
Warning lights / audible indicators Checking operation All warning lights are checked by turning
the ignition switch ON (do not start the
engine). Any light that does not illuminate
should be checked by an authorized Kia
After starting the engine, check to make
sure that all warning lights are off. If any
are still on, this indicates a situation that
needs attention. When releasing the
parking brake, the brake system warning
light should go off. The fuel warning light
will stay on if the fuel level is low.Anti-lock brake system
(ABS) warning light (if
equipped) This light illuminates if the key is turned
to ON and goes off in approximately 3
seconds if the system is operating nor-
If the light stays on, you may have a
problem with your ABS. Contact an
authorized Kia dealer as soon as possi-
Running out of fuel can expose
vehicle occupants to danger, both
in vehicle operation and by stop-
ping in high neighborhoods.
You must stop and obtain addition-
al fuel as soon as possible after the
warning light comes on or when the
gauge indicator comes close to the
WARNINGS AND INDICATORS
Avoid driving with a very low fuel level. If you run out of fuel, it couldcase the engine to misfire and result in excessive loading of thecatalytic converter.
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Electronic brake force
distribution (EBD) sys-
(if equipped)If ABS and BRAKE warning lights illumi-
nate at the same time while driving, your
vehicle has a problem with ABS and EBD
In this case, your ABS and regular brake
system may not work normally. Have the
vehicle checked by an authorized Kia
dealer as soon as possible.
Engine oil pressure
warning This warning light indicates the engine oil
pressure is low.
If the warning light illuminates while driv-
1. Drive safely to the side of the road andstop.
2. With the engine off, check the engine oil level. If the level is low, add oil as
If the warning light remains on after
adding oil or if oil is not available, call an
authorized Kia dealer.✽ ✽ NOTICEIf the engine is not stopped immediately,
severe damage could result.
warning lightThis warning light shows the temperature
of the engine coolant when the ignition
switch is ON.
Red warning light illuminates if the tem-
perature of the engine coolant is above
Do not continue driving with an overheat-
ed engine. If your vehicle overheats, refer
to “Overheating” in the Index.✽ ✽NOTICEIf the red engine temperature warning
light illuminates, it indicates overheat-
ing that may damage the engine.
- Brake indica-
If the both ABS and Brake warning
lights are ON and stay ON, your
vehicle’s brake system will not work
normally. You may experience an
unexpected and dangerous situa-
tion during sudden braking. In this
case, avoid high speed driving and
abrupt braking. Have your vehicle
checked by authorized Kia dealer
as soon as possible.