Kia Forte: Starting the engine

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WARNING - Properfootwear

Always wear appropriate shoes when operating your vehicle. Unsuitable shoes (high heels, ski boots, sandals, etc.) may interfere with your ability to use the brake and accelerator pedals.

Starting the engine with an ignition key (if equipped)

1.Make sure the parking brake is applied.

2.Manual Transaxle - Depress the clutch pedal fully and shift the transaxle into Neutral. Keep the clutch pedal and brake pedal depressed while turning the ignition switch to the start position.

Automatic Transaxle - Place the transaxle shift lever in P (Park). Depress the brake pedal fully.

You can also start the engine when the shift lever is in the N (Neutral) position.

3.Turn the ignition switch to START and hold it there until the engine starts (a maximum of 10 seconds), then release the key.

4.In extremely cold weather (below 0°F / -18°C) or after the vehicle has not been operated for several days, let the engine warm up without depressing the accelerator.

Whether the engine is cold or warm, it should be started without depressing the accelerator.

If the engine stalls while the vehicle is in motion, do not attempt to move the shift lever to the P (Park) position.

If traffic and road conditions permit, you may put the shift lever in the N (Neutral) position while the vehicle is still moving and turn the ignition switch to the START position in an attempt to restart the engine.

CAUTION - Starter

Do not engage the starter for more than 10 seconds. If the engine stalls or fails to start, wait 5 to 10 seconds before reengaging the starter. Improper use of the starter may damageit.

Starting the engine with a smart key (if equipped)

1.Carry the smart key or leave it inside the vehicle.

2.Make sure the parking brake is firmly applied

3.Place the transaxle shift lever in P (Park).

4.Press the ENGINE START/STOP button while depressing the brake pedal.

5.In extremely cold weather (below 0°F / -18°C) or after the vehicle has not been operated for several days, let the engine warm up without depressing the accelerator.

Whether the engine is cold or warm, it should be started without depressing the accelerator.

  • Even if the smart key is in the vehicle, but is far away from you, the engine may not start.
  • When the ENGINE START/STOP button is in the ACC position or above, if any door is opened, the system checks for the smart key. If the smart key is not in the vehicle, the “ “”or
    indicator will blink or the warning "Key not in vehicle" will illuminate on
    indicator will blink or the warning "Key not in vehicle" will illuminate on the LCD display. And if all doors are closed, the chime will sound for 5 seconds. The indicator or warning will turn off while the vehicle is moving. Always have the smart key with you.

The engine will start only when the smart key is in the vehicle.

WARNING - Unintended vehicle movement

Never leave the smart key in the vehicle with children or vehicle occupants who are unfamiliar with the vehicle operation. Pushing the ENGINE START/ STOP button while the smart key is in the vehicle may result in unintended engine activation and/or unintended vehiclemovement.


  • If the battery is weak or the smart key does not work correctly, you can start the engine by pressing the engine start/stop button with the smart key.
  • When the stop lamp fuse is blown, you can not start the engine normally. Replace the fuse with a new one. If it is not possible, you can start the engine by pressing the ENGINE START/STOP button for 10 seconds while it is in the ACC position. The engine can start without depressing the brake pedal. But for your safety always depress the brake pedal before starting theengine.

Do not press the ENGINE START/ STOP button for more than 10 seconds except when the stop lamp fuse is blown.

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  • Kia Forte: Starting the engine

    Kia Forte: Starting the engine

    Kia Forte: Starting the engine

    Kia Forte: Starting the engine

    Kia Forte: Starting the engine

    Kia Forte: Starting the engine

    Kia Forte: Starting the engine

    Kia Forte: Starting the engine

    Kia Forte: Starting the engine

    Kia Forte: Starting the engine

    Kia Forte: Starting the engine

    Kia Forte: Starting the engine

    Kia Forte: Starting the engine

    Kia Forte: Starting the engine

    Kia Forte: Starting the engine

    Kia Forte: Starting the engine

    Kia Forte: Starting the engine

    Kia Forte: Starting the engine

    Kia Forte: Starting the engine

    Kia Forte: Starting the engine

    Kia Forte: Starting the engine

    Kia Forte: Starting the engine

    Kia Forte: Starting the engine

    Kia Forte: Starting the engine

    Kia Forte: Starting the engine

    Kia Forte: Starting the engine

    Kia Forte: Starting the engine

    Kia Forte: Starting the engine