How to Troubleshoot Your Picanto

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Most vehicles, no matter the make or model, tend to suffer from the same faults over time, as parts wear and break. The Kia Picanto is no exception to this rule. Battery failure, ignition problems, and brakes that lose their grip are all common problems. Knowing what the common problems are can make it easier to diagnose and troubleshoot your Kia Picanto.


Stalling or Rough Idling

Some newer vehicles, such as the Picanto, which features electronic ignition and fuel injection systems, can go from 25,000 to upwards of 100,000 kilometres without a tune up. However, if your Picanto frequently stalls or the engine runs rough while idling or accelerating, it is time to check your engine with a tune up, especially if you tow often. Unless you are an experienced DIY car mechanic with garage tools, stalling and rough idling require a visit to the garage.


Driver's Door Refuses to Open

A common problem with the Kia Picanto is the driver's door lock not functioning properly, especially in cold weather. While this can be a broken spring, it is also possible that the door mechanism is a bit off track. One widely reported solution is to bang on the door handle twice above it and twice below, and then try the key. If this does not work, the lock button spring may be broken and need replacing. If you purchased a used car, be sure to check the maintenance log for repairs to the doors.


Handbrake Light Comes on While Pedal Braking

Some owners report that the handbrake light comes on while pedal braking. A common cause of this is lack of brake fluid, so you can cure it by filling up the fluids. However, this can also be due to worn brakes. In either case, you should take your Picanto to a mechanic. Worn brakes can fail at any time and without warning. Ignoring brake problems is risky.


Knocking or Ticking Noises from the Engine

Knocking or ticking noises from the engine can indicate motor problems. Lift the bonnet and listen to the engine to try to locate the origin of the noise. A ticking noise could be valve problems, or it could indicate a need for oil in the engine. Knocking noises are more complex and can come from parts rattling or the motor itself. Often these are not problems you can fix at home, except by the most experienced home mechanics who have the tools to rebuild an engine. Before you take the vehicle to the shop, fill the oil in both the transmission and the motor to see if the noise dissipates. 


Smoke from the Exhaust

When you start a cold engine, there can be some white vapour from the exhaust. However, if your Kia Picanto has blue or black smoke coming from the exhaust, the vehicle is most likely burning oil and may be in need of major engine repairs.

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