Optima 2013 won't start - Clicks and Immobilizer Light
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Thread: Optima 2013 won't start - Clicks and Immobilizer Light

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    Exclamation Optima 2013 won't start - Clicks and Immobilizer Light

    Hey guys,

    I went last Wednesday to the Kia dealership to have my ECU updated on my Optima 2013.
    This evening when I try to go out for a drive. It won't start.

    I press the Push to Start Button, but all I see are the lights turning on and off, and I hear repetitive "Clicks". I also see that my Push-to-Start button sometimes turns Yellow, and the immobilizer light turns on.
    I've never had this issue... ever.

    I tried all of the following so far:

    Hold the button for 15 seconds (this attempts to start the car without the need for the brake pedal).
    I unplugged the Battery for 20 minutes to try and hard-reset the Anti-theft system.

    I just had the ECU Updated. This can't be a coincidence right? Anyone else experienced this before here? How did you solve it?

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    You need a new battery. My 2016 did the same thing.

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    Out of nowhere?
    I would have expected that a dying battery would show some signs before completely making the car unsuable?

    If that's the case I'll go get a new one tomorrow

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    Have it tested first, but yes, a dead battery can rear it's ugly head out of nowhere with no prior problems.

    Amazing how items appear after have the upgrade, but guess it's just coincidental.
    When I had the update performed, within a mile after leaving the dealership the transmission gives an abnormal shift, never a problem before. Checked it the next couple of days and needed to replace the ATF temp sensor, problem solved. Know the sensor is a known problem, but after the update??????????????? Still not convinced it was just a coincidence, but I actually have no proof that the update would, or could even cause the malfunction.

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    No symptoms when mine died. If you have an SX, you probably need an AGM battery, which is about $200 at most auto parts stores. About $160 at Walmart.

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    Looking for a battery as well. Cant go wrong with Optima batteries.

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    I bought a die-hard that only lasted 3 years and 3 months. Ridiculous. So I tried a 5 year warranty Walmart brand this time to see if I have more luck.

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    So it did turn out to be the battery.
    I got the Walmart Brand as well cause I heard some good things online about them, and they had the 124R size in stock as well! It's got the 5 years Warranty (3 free replacement, 2 Pro-Rated).


    Plugged it in, and she started right up!

    Hopefully this one lasts longer than the Kia OEM one that had I had previously (barely lasted 3 years)

    Thanks for the help y'all

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    Yeah my oem battery only lasted 2.5 years and the replacement diehard 3.5 years! Hopefully the Walmart battery lasts longer but the Kia does take a small pretty lame battery size.

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    Walmart batteries are good. Made by Johnson.Controls.

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