Kia Optima: Ignition Switch and Anti-Theft Steering Column Lock
Ignition Switch Positions
The steering wheel locks to protect against theft. The ignition key can be removed only in the LOCK position. When turning the ignition switch o the LOCK position, push the key inward at the ACC position and turn the key toward the LOCK position.
The steering wheel is unlocked and some electrical accessories, such as the radio, are operative.
The warning lights can be checked before the engine is started. This is the normal running position after the engine is started.
Do not leave the ignition switch ON if the engine is not running. The battery will discharge.
Turn the ignition key to the START position to start the engine. The engine will crank until you release the key; then it returns to the ON position. The brake warning lamp can be checked in this position.
If difficulty is experienced in turning the ignition key to the START position, turn the steering wheel right and left to release the tension and then turn the key.
✽ NOTICE - Manual Transmission
For your safety, the engine will not start if the clutch pedal is not fully depressed.
WARNING - Ignition Key
- It is dangerous to turn the ignition switch to LOCK or ACC while the vehicle is moving. You could lose control of steering and braking.
- The anti-theft steering column lock (if equipped) is not a substitute for the parking brake. Before leaving the driver’s seat, always make sure the shift lever is engaged in 1st gear for manual transmission, or P (Park) for automatic transmission. Set the parking brake fully AND shut the engine off. If you do not take these precautions, the vehicle may move suddenly and unexpectedly. Take the ignition key with you.
- Never reach through the steering wheel for the ignition switch or any other controls while the vehicle is moving. The presence of your hand or arm in this area could cause a loss of vehicle control, an accident and serious bodily injury or fatal injury.
When turning the ignition switch to the LOCK position, the shift lever must be in the P (Park) position.
When turning the ignition switch to the LOCK position, push the key inward at the ACC position and turn the key toward the LOCK position.