Kia Readiness Monitor

Jamey Owner/Technician Ventura, California Posted   Latest  
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2012 Kia Sorento LX 2.4L (1) 6-spd (A6LF2) — 5XYKU3A61CG256115
O2 Sensor Not Ready

Well...... Here we have yet another monitor readiness issue. Unlike most of the vehicles sent to me with readiness issues, this one has not had any repair, no MIL has been on and no low battery issues reported. The customer said the check engine light has never been on.

This is the vehicles first smog test. It failed at another facility and then here with me. As you can see in the file, the light was last cleared 52047 KM ago. 

The In Use Performance tracking show that the O2 is meeting the criteria and completing the test, just no readiness is set. The mode 6 results shown are well below the maximum (if they can believed) I paid the $19.00 for 72 hours of Kia factory service information and did not find anything that shows this is an ongoing issue. 

Obviously, more driving is not going to cure this one...... I don't think new O2 sensors will do anything. I am considering flashing the PCM and starting over... but I hope Randy B is lurking out there and will talk me down off that ledge, or push me off ;-)

Thoughts?????

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Ken Owner/Technician
Montclair, New Jersey
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Its going to be a reflash. Had an issue with one a while back. Flashed it and called it a day. We had another with a 2.4 where we did a battery reset and did the cycle. All was well. I would do that first before busting out the j2534.

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Bob Owner/Technician
East Longmeadow, Massachusetts
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Just something to consider, I have had several of these over time where I got the O2 monitor to complete simply by taking it out and doing several WOT runs in a row. It was usually when I got to the point that you are at and figured I had nothing to lose so I took it out and drove it like I stole it. Monitor complete and passed.

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David Owner/Technician
Ambler, Pennsylvania
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Unless California is different you are allowed to have 1 incomplete monitor and still pass emissions.

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Jamey Owner/Technician
Ventura, California
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EVAP is the only monitor that can be incomplete on 2000 and newer vehicles.

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David Owner/Technician
Ambler, Pennsylvania
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That must be a stupid California law​.​In Pa it does not matter which one is in complete.I almost never go the monitor setting route any more​.​Just waiver it.

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Mark Owner/Technician
Monterey, California
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Not stupid, evap monitors commonly do not run when the temp is really low, so for 3-6 months in the mountainous part of the state(cold part of country) evap is exempted because it may not run for months on many models. Don't you folks in coldsville see a uptick in evap codes in the spring? I'm not saying we have no stupid laws....but this isn't law anyway the process was formulated after 45…

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David Owner/Technician
Ambler, Pennsylvania
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That I know its CAL. I am bashing they are EPA nuts it just different here in PA​.​Some times a clear all and try to hit the parameters will do it.I have seen the throttle snaps work sometimes and check for updates like was mentioned​.​If you use the KDS it will sometimes give you a fault trace.

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Mark Owner/Technician
Monterey, California
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If caring about water and air quality is your definition of nuts, bless your heart. I must be nuts.

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David Owner/Technician
Ambler, Pennsylvania
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There is a better way.

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Angelo Instructor
St. Louis, Missouri
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Some states don't allow any incomplete monitors. Even EVAP. I hear from my relatives safety inspection in PA is pretty rough. In MO it's a joke.

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Anthony Technical Support Specialist
Kirkwood, Pennsylvania
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Hi Angelo: That's news to me. Page 26 of the document (page 28 of the pdf) dot​.​state​.​pa​.​us/public/dvspubs…​.​pdf Guido

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Angelo Instructor
St. Louis, Missouri
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Hi Guido thanks for the document.

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Geoff Diagnostician
Lahaina, Hawaii
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"Unless California is different"...LOL First day in the USA?

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Ty Technician
East Hartford, Connecticut
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At some point the monitor got reset, even if the mileage doesn't show it. I'm not totally sure if a dead/weak battery will reset that mileage indicator. I believe it would only reset if a code clear was commanded by a scanner. FWIW, I would disconnect battery, touch the cables together and drive it to see what happens. FYI, there appears to be an open recall on that car that would only show up…

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Hollis Technician
Boulder, Colorado
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Have you ever tried this trick ? "Another good tip for hard-to-run monitors on some vehicles is to force a DTC, then erase the DTC and perform the generic drive-cycle." by G. Jerry Truglia searchautoparts​.​com/motorage/maint…

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Mark Owner/Technician
Monterey, California
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Back on track, perhaps the chrysler drive cycle will help. I have had good luck with it on Hyundai, Mitsubishi, and Kia. They and Chrysler used to sleep together. here is the link to it courtesy of Rick Escalambre. rlescalambre​.​com/01-Chrysler​.​ht…

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Danny Diagnostician
Woodbridge Township, New Jersey
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We've had many issues with Hyundai and Kia not running fuel system monitor. If car gets to temp and all PIDs look good we generally hit the local freeway and set the cruise control to 52 mph. Monitors will usually set.

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Bob Owner/Technician
East Longmeadow, Massachusetts
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I really think this has something to do with the O2 sensor temp. For some reason it is just not getting hot enough for a good response time. As I mentioned in my earlier reply, I have gotten these stubborn monitors to run by doing several WOT runs in a row and then a little cruise. I think it's just fully waking up the sensor. Driving it on the freeway is probably accomplishing the same think…

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Jamey Owner/Technician
Ventura, California
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Well, I did try some of the suggestions. still no luck. Multiple wide open throttles, followed by deceleration. Heating up O2 sensors, inducing an O2 code, then duplicated the condition 3 times and the code cleared itself. I am now going to try and flash the PCM. If the software does not have any updates available, can I flash over it? I can’t remember if that is possible on a Kia? Does anyone…

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Anthony Technical Support Specialist
Kirkwood, Pennsylvania
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Hi Jamey: The last one that I had, with a current calibration, gave an error code. Of course, that error message could be for just about anything. Guido

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Randy Analyst
Denver, Colorado
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I didn't see the CALID and CVN in your data and the secondary o2 in mode $09 in use performance tracking is also not there. However, check your CALID. The last one we had with CALID XCC4MB3E would not complete O2 after repairs and 357 miles (it was actually incomplete before repairs and a dtc clear was done then). It was flashed to XCC4MB3N and completed in under 19 miles on first drive cycle…

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Jamey Owner/Technician
Ventura, California
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None of the tools I connect show sensor 2. Just bank 2, which it doesn’t have. here are my cal numbers.

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Randy Analyst
Denver, Colorado
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That's the immobilizer version of the same engine family as the one I posted and there is a XCC4RB3M available so start with that. A "M" for you is the same as an "N" for ours (2wd vs. 4wd). HTH.

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Jamey Owner/Technician
Ventura, California
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Ok, thanks for the info. I can’t get the Kia server to connect at the moment! Stay tuned.....

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Randy Analyst
Denver, Colorado
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This is before the reflash: diag​.​net/file/f3gv5h908…

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Jamey Owner/Technician
Ventura, California
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Well.... for some reason I was not able to get the KIA server to connect, while I was doing that, the customer received an email from KIA about a recall that involves a flash! So off to the dealer he goes. He will return after the flash to see if the monitor runs. I will post an update when he does. Thanks for all the replies.

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Ty Technician
East Hartford, Connecticut
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Any idea what recall notice he got? There is currently no reflash for your particular concern.

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Jamey Owner/Technician
Ventura, California
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I do not know at this time, When he returns, I will see if he has the invoice. I went on the Kia web site and I did not find any recall related to monitors. Stay tuned......

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Jamey Owner/Technician
Ventura, California
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Ok, the customer called me today. KIA did the flash for them at no charge. They told them the flash has nothing to do with monitor readiness. His wife took the vehicle to the original shop where it failed. (They had a free retest) and it passed after just 2 days of driving around. All monitors ready. I told him I knew there wasn’t a flash specifically addressing this issue, but my hypothesis…

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Abraham Diagnostician
Pasadena, California
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Had the same problem come in from another shop. All monitors had completed except O2 sensor. The customer had driven the car over 300 miles. The other shop reset the monitors and started over and same problem. I noticed the long trim fuel trim was a little high. I reset the engine control module adaptation and drove around the block. The adaptation reset did not reset the monitors and the O2…

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Mark Owner/Technician
Monterey, California
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Jamey. I know you have lots of experience and you have probably done this already. It sounds like a reflash may be the answer, but it is worth trying a 10 second decell after 5 minutes at 57mph, repeated 2 times. Kia, Hyundai, and Mitsubishi all seem to respond to this protocol for me for O2 monitor. Good luck.

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Jamey Owner/Technician
Ventura, California
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Hi Mark. Thanks for the tip. This vehicle is long gone. I posted this 9 months ago. Someone just recently replied and it got refreshed. I did run several coast downs after cruise on the dyno. This vehicle ran the O2 quickly after the Flash. Thanks Jamey

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