Why won’t my Kia Sportage start in cold weather?

A winter storm hit my area and I was hoping I wouldn’t have to drive to work, but the office is still open. I tried to get my Kia Sportage warmed up before I headed out, but it won’t start! Why isn’t my Sportage starting in the cold?

Kaitlin May · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Oh no! That’s a stressful bind to be in. If your
Kia Sportage
isn’t starting in the cold, there’s most likely an issue with its battery.
There’s always a chance the cold weather could be adding to existing battery issues. It’s also possible the following reasons could contribute to your Sportage not starting:
  • The battery life is dwindling.
  • The wrong battery was installed.
  • The engine’s oil has the wrong viscosity.
  • Water got into the fuel line.
Knowing the cause is the first step to getting your Sportage started. Here are some ways you can troubleshoot the issue:
  • Turn on all of the lights.
  • Warm up the battery.
  • Jump-start the engine.
  • Replace the battery.
Once you get your Sportage up and running, make sure to drive slowly and safely to avoid getting into an accident. We won’t blame you if you opt to just work from home, either.
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