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  • tanya
    tanya - 2002 Kia Spectra - Engine - 7/21/2013
    Broken belt but car still running, what belt could it be?
    Found a broken belt inder the hood of the car but the car is still running
    • CVO
      7/21/2013 CVO
      There are two belts :
      1. Alternator / water pump.If this belt is broken, the alternator light in the dashboard is on.

      2. A/C compressor and power steering pump belt, then the car is hard to steer.
  • willy
    willy - 2005 Kia Sorento - Engine - 7/16/2013
    2005 sorento has a code po134 is this wats causing low idel and what is it
    car died but started back up but than had the code and a very low idle
    • CVO
      7/16/2013 CVO
      02 Sensor Circuit No Activity Detected (Bank I Sensor 1). Bank 1 is the side with the odd cylinders (1, 3, 5 ) and sensor 1 is before the catalytic converter.
      A code P0134 may mean that one or more of the following has happened:
      Bad O2 (oxygen) sensor
      Bad heater circuit in the O2 sensor
      Wiring or connector to the sensor frayed / broken
      Blown heater circuit fuse Holes in the exhaust system PCM failure

      The most common fix is to replace the oxygen sensor.
      But that doesn't rule out the possibility of:
      Rusted exhaust pipe Inspect wiring & connector(s) for problems
      Excessive amperage blowing heater fuse (still requires replacement of sensor but also replacement of blown fuse)
      Replace PCM (only as last resort after all other possibilities are covered.

  • rwbknoxville
    rwbknoxville - 2004 Kia Amanti - Engine - 7/13/2013
    Temperature gauge indicator runs above center line
    temperature gauge indicator runs above center cool line auto has 60,000 miles,,,never runs in red can this be an overheating mproblem
    • Jimm
      7/13/2013 Jimm
      Simply stated - the temperature guage 'red' zone is the overheating condition. As long as the temperature guage stays steady, does not climb - and the cooling system is maintained there is little concern for overheating. You may also monitor the coolant level over time - to determine if any leaks occur.

      The cooling system maintenance consists of these items (at a minimum);

      Periodic anti-freeze / coolant changes - at recommended intervals
      Using the correct and recommended anti-freeze / water mixture at 50/50 concentration
      Changing the radiator upper and lower hoses - recommended intervals such as every 24k miles
      Inspection and cleaning of the radiator fins - cleaning the dirt and bugs - such as with a water spray using a garden hose.
      Inspection of the serpentine and accessory drive belts - including regular replacement when the belt is worn

      As long as the recommended cooling system maintenence steps are followed - as outlined in the owners manual - you will minimize any problems.
      7/13/2013 rwbknoxville
      thank you for your reply...rwb very informative!
  • ronaldhagen67
    ronaldhagen67 - 2007 Kia Rondo - Engine - 7/11/2013
    Engine bearings bad need engine is my KIA Rondo still covered under the power train warranty?
    82,000 miles EST.
    • Jimm
      7/11/2013 Jimm
      For specific warranty coverage for your vehicle you would have to check with the local dealerships.
  • cody.sosin
    cody.sosin - 2001 Kia Sportage - Engine - 7/6/2013
    Why wont my car start and how can I fix it?
    there was an oil leak and now it wont start, please help.
    • Jimm
      7/6/2013 Jimm
      The engine needs three (3) components to start; fuel, air and ignition (spark). First step - check for spark at the spark plug. Remove one of the four spark plug leads and crank the engine to determine if the ignition is producing spark sufficient to ignite the plug. If the spark is strong and a blueish color - reinstall the plug wire onto the spark plug.
      If there is a weak or no spark - then back up one step and check the ignition coil output. Also, check the state of charge on the battery - a weak battery alone may cause weak spark and the engine not to run.

      Check the air intake system; air filter should be clean, the air intake boot should be clean inside and not damaged or cracked. The throttle body at the end of the air intake hose should be clean.
  • tondew1999
    tondew1999 - 2003 Kia Sorento - Engine - 7/4/2013
    Will 3.4 engine fit in this suv
    • Jimm
      7/4/2013 Jimm
      It depends on what vehicle; year, make and model the 3.4L engine is from. The Kia Sorento has been available with the 3.3L and 3.5L V6 engines.
  • tondew1999
    tondew1999 - 2003 Kia Sorento - Engine - 6/29/2013
    Will 3.4 engine fot in this suv
    0 answer
  • hogkiss
    hogkiss - 1999 Kia Sportage - Engine - 6/28/2013
    Car starts up and runs real ruff like engine is missing but when car gets warmed up the engine smooth out I have change
    I have changed the spark plugs and coil and ignition wires the throatl control sensor the air control sensor
    0 answer
  • homerep45
    • glogan706
      6/27/2013 glogan706
      Under normal conditions after 9k miles air filter, oil, coolant and all other fluids checked. Look your manual for service intervals stay up to date with this and keep records in your manual . Failure to do this could void your warranty. Your air filters can usually be cleaned with a air hose . I hope this answers your question. [email protected]
  • HGfirst
    HGfirst - 2008 Kia Sedona - Engine - 6/25/2013
    Where is the purge control solenoid located
    my engine light is on and I had a test done and it says this may be the problem
    0 answer
  • robertcraiglangley
    robertcraiglangley - 2008 Kia Rio - Engine - 6/22/2013
    Cranks, but will not start
    Driving to work and car shut off. Everything worked, but no power to the car (meaning radio, lights air blower, etc...all worked) Got it home and ruled out the timing belt pretty quickly, not 100%, but pretty sure. When I turn the key to the "on" position, the fuel ...
    • HouseCallAuto
      6/22/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Plug in your own code reader. Buy one from amazon for $20 because relying on others to read your codes for free is overrated. Having the codes checked BEFORE your recent stalling / no start event is like not checking for codes at all. Its like saying that your blood pressure was good two weeks before your heart attack. This is not a sure thing but it is likely, in my opinion, that you have a bad crankshaft position sensor. There may be a fault code stored right this minute that can corroborate that.
  • Agustin Nieves
    Agustin Nieves - 1996 Kia Sephia - Engine - 6/22/2013
    How do I put camshaft timing right?
    I have a new timing belt and I don't know how to put it in time. There are two marks one that says I (Intake) and another that says E (Exhaust) and each one has a mark. I don't know if the marks should look up or down. The Damper timing is all set. But I'm having ...
    • HouseCallAuto
      6/22/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Why would you attempt such a job without a repair manual right next to you that would have the same pictorial I am sending you a link to? The picture says it all really, can't really add anything useful. Good luck
  • jessewieberdink
    • robertcraiglangley
      6/20/2013 robertcraiglangley
      i am having this same issue, any help you have gotten so far would be awesome. i narrowed it down to a problem with the fuel pump, the pump itself is good, but not getting power. good relay. when we "jump" the relay port and switch the kety to "on", i can hear the pump work, but it still does not start, will crank just fine.
    • Ray
      6/20/2013 Ray
      Have to check for spark and fuel. It could be a fuel delivery problem (fuel pump) or an ignition problem. Do you have any trouble codes?
      6/20/2013 robertcraiglangley
      sorry, i answered instead of replying. Also i might mention that mine is a 2008 kia rio.
    • robertcraiglangley
      6/20/2013 robertcraiglangley
      we checked for spark, and spark was there. sprayed carb stuff into the air intake(?) nothing happened. as i said, we can hear the pump turn on when we bypass the relay using a wire connected to two points in the relay port. (pos and neg ?)

      I did have an issue with the knock sensor recently, I heard a knock and changed my oil, the knock went away and the check engine light was on, took it to auto zone and they guy said, "you need a new knock sensor" I figured that since i heard a knock, the sensor simply did its job, so i did not buy one, the check engine light went off and car has been fine until yesterday when it died.

      only issue i have is when i turn the key the fuel pump does not engage. When i bypass the relay, it turns on, but will not start. now, i have to figure it out because i have found at least one other person that has done everything i did and they had no answer.
  • se
    se - 2006 Kia Sedona - Engine - 6/19/2013
    Why do I have to refill the coolant tank every 3 days?
    There is no leak that is evident from either the tank or hoses. There is also no antifreeze smell either. The van runs in normal temp range even when the tank is dry. A real mystery.
    • HouseCallAuto
      6/19/2013 HouseCallAuto
      You have an external leak and you are simply not seeing it. make sure you check the steel tubing that rusts out and leaks that runs from front to the rear heater under the pass side floor under the vehicle. I remember about a year ago getting beat up on an 05 Sedona that was losing coolant and could not find the leak until I accidentally looked under the rear right corner of the vehicle and saw a small coolant puddle on the ground. I replaced the steel tubing, relatively cheap parts at the Kia parts dept. Could even have been fixed using heater hose.
  • alexluna9