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  • grady
    grady - 2006 Kia Spectra - Engine - 5/14/2013
    what is the spark plugs gap for a set of champion # rc10pypb4
     
    • Jimm
      5/11/2013 Jimm
      The spark plug gap setting should be; 0.044" for these plugs - or for any spark plugs for the same vehicle regardless of the brand; common gap specification of 0.044".
      Jimm
      5/12/2013 grady
      thank you. should they be pre-set to that when i brought them. the gap on them is .040. i was told not to try to adjust gap i could break tip on plugs
    • Jimm
      5/14/2013 Jimm
      Make sure the spark plug gap is adjusted - they should not be installed with the incorrect gap of 0.040".

      Always - repeat always - check the spark plug gap and reset as required to the correct specification - in this case they should be 0.044" for your engine.
      Jimm
      5/15/2013 grady
      ok will do, thanks again.
  • subwaybuff
    subwaybuff - 2005 Kia Amanti - Engine - 5/12/2013
    Repeated MIL Code P0302 2005 Amanti
    in 10/011 I had all spark plugs, coil packs and spark plug wires replaced. In 4/2013 P0302 returned and coil pack was replaced. Now I get an pending P0302. Could it be the third replacement in 18 months? What else could it be? Happens at all speeds-even at idle and ...
     
    • Jimm
      5/12/2013 Jimm
      P0302 - Cylinder 2 Misfire Detected. P0302 means that cylinder two is misfiring. A misfire occurs when there is incomplete combustion inside the cylinder.

      Possible Causes:

      Vacuum leak
      Defective fuel injector
      Defective ignition coil pack
      Insufficient compression
      Defective high tension wire or spark plug

      Possible Solutions:

      Repair vacuum leak
      Replace defective injector
      Replace defective ignition coil pack
      Replace burnt exhaust valve
      Replace defective high tension wire or spark plug
  • subwaybuff
    subwaybuff - 2005 Kia Amanti - Engine - 5/12/2013
    Repeated MIL Code P0302 2005 Amanti
    in 10/011 I had all spark plugs, coil packs and spark plug wires replaced. In 4/2013 P0302 returned and coil pack was replaced. Now I get an pending P0302. Could it be the third replacement in 18 months? What else could it be? Happens at all speeds-even at idle and ...
     
    • Jimm
      5/12/2013 Jimm
      P0302 - Cylinder 2 Misfire Detected. P0302 means that cylinder two is misfiring. A misfire occurs when there is incomplete combustion inside the cylinder.

      Possible Causes:

      Vacuum leak
      Defective fuel injector
      Defective ignition coil pack
      Insufficient compression
      Defective high tension wire or spark plug

      Possible Solutions:

      Repair vacuum leak
      Replace defective injector
      Replace defective ignition coil pack
      Replace burnt exhaust valve
      Replace defective high tension wire or spark plug
  • steph_mitch27455
    steph_mitch27455 - 2001 Kia Optima - Engine - 5/12/2013
    My check engine light is not working, car won't pass inspection. How do I fix this?
    Check engine light does not come on when I start car.
     
    • frankiedonnn
      5/12/2013 frankiedonnn
      I think you mean it does not come on when the ignition is switched on.It could be a blown bulb or a fuse.Check the fuse first .
  • Hans
    Hans - 2004 Kia Sorento - Engine - 5/4/2013
    Upper small cooling hose leaks at the Radiator connector
     
    • Jimm
      5/4/2013 Jimm
      Several possibilities; loose hose clamp (retighten), leaking radiator hose (replace the hose), leaking / faulty radiator (repair or replace the radiator). As an initial step - apply a cooling system pressure tester - with the engine cold to determine the leak source. The cooling system pressure tester may be obtained as loaner tool from any local auto parts store - usually for a small fee.
      Try the many on-line auto parts sources, such as; www.autopartswarehouse.com, www.partsgeek.com and www.rockauto.com for the replacement parts. For example, they (RockAuto) list the upper radiator hose from around $6.40 for your vehicle.
  • Agustin Nieves
    Agustin Nieves - 1996 Kia Sephia - Engine - 5/2/2013
    How many oil retainer does the engine have? And where?
    Oil loss
     
    • Jimm
      5/2/2013 Jimm
      What is meant by 'oil retainer' - are you referring to the various engine gaskets? If yes, then here is a short list - from top of the tyical engine to the bottom;
      Valve cover gasket, front timing cover gasket, cylinder head gasket, oil filter gasket, oil pan gasket, front timing seal.
  • johnburnsjr
    johnburnsjr - 2006 Kia Sportage - Engine - 4/14/2013
    At what milage should my timing belt be replaced
     
  • anetdurr
    anetdurr - 2006 Kia Spectra - Engine - 4/12/2013
    Why won't my car start?
    I have a 2006 Kia Spectra XS & I changed the starter, the battery , & the relay switch... I'm being told that it might be the altinator....Do you think this is my problem?? When I try to start the car it just clicks...
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      4/12/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Please if you can, tell the story from beginning. What happened first before anything was replaced? Was it doing this same thing, just a click before anything got replaced?If I understand correct, you are saying that the starter is NOT cranking the engine when you turn the key? You are getting a single click or a series of repeating clicks? Also, is this an automatic trans or manual transmission?
  • kristinnvaldi
    kristinnvaldi - 2000 Kia Sportage - Engine - 4/8/2013
    The motor newer gos below 1250rpm and raises op to 2000 rpm when the car is moving in nutral
    My kia sportage works fine when the motor is cold but when it warm op then it starts running at 1250 rpm and when i'm stopping at red lights the motor stays at 2000 rpm until 3 sec after complete stop then it drops to 1250 rpm again. if im stop on a hill with ...
     
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  • kim.leonila
    kim.leonila - 2003 Kia Spectra - Engine - 4/4/2013
    I need to replace my Catalytic Converter, I live in california...where can I purchase one?
    My check engine light came on about a year ago. I went and had the code test done, they said my O2 sensor was broken. Now a year later I took it to Meineke to see what the code read now and they said I "most likely needed a new catalytic converter" but they didn't ...
     
    • Jimm
      4/4/2013 Jimm
      Try these on-line sources; www.autoanything.com, www.rockauto.com, www.partsgeek.com, www.californialegalconverters.com - to list only a few.
      Also, make sure of the specific fault code displayed or stored - to cause the check engine light. Get the details as possible so you know what exactly is the problem / issue and the proposed solution for the repair.
      Please post a reply with the specific fault code for further assistance.
  • fridaysauto
    fridaysauto - 2004 Kia Optima - Engine - 4/3/2013
    Where is the fan relay located
     
    0 answer
  • pammie38
    pammie38 - 2003 Kia Rio - Engine - 4/1/2013
    KIA dies after start. Runs for a few seconds then shuts off. Cranks good but then shuts off.
    Car was running fine. Occasional hesitation on acceleration. Filled take with Murphy gas. Drove home approx. 20 miles. The car sat for 2 hours. When I got in , started fine, 500 feet it dies. I start it again, drive another 500 feet or so and it dies. Park, start, ...
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      3/11/2013 HouseCallAuto
      The probable cause is a bad Mass Air Flow sensor. Plug in a code reader and see what fault codes are stored. www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001LHVOVK/ref=s9_simh_gw_p263_d1_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-4&pf_rd_r=016CK5YK8ZPEPQS7S6XS&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=470939031&pf_rd_i=507846
      After checking for codes, try unplugging the electrical connector from the MAF sensor, and if that allows the engine to stay running, replace the MAF sensor. Also pay close attention to the connector wiring for any problems with the connector or breaks in the wires before replacing the MAF sensor.
    • cooperalice00
      4/1/2013 cooperalice00
      Try the crank sensor. Mine would drive fine then you might shut it off and
      then wouldn't start back for a while then go back a little while later it would start. At last it would quit as you were driving. Put the crank sensor on for $80.00 no trouble since.
  • eagle82007
    eagle82007 - 2001 Kia Rio - Engine - 3/28/2013
    Driving home car Stalled and now won't start
     
    • spanionneo
      3/28/2013 spanionneo
      It could be many things. We need more description of what's happening when you try to start it to be able to help.
  • Joshgosemusic
    Joshgosemusic - 2005 Kia Spectra5 - Engine - 3/28/2013
    Heater only works when driving
    I have already replaced the thermostat and there is no coolant leaking. I am at a loss Please help! :)
     
    • Wit
      3/28/2013 Wit
      Cloged heater core, flush the coolent system and replace with 50/50 (half antifreeze and water). This should fix you right up.
  • kfurnace
    kfurnace - 1997 Kia Sportage - Engine - 3/26/2013
    My kia while driving stutters that is it feels as though the key has turned off then back on.
    It has 140k on it, makes no difference city or hwy driving. Makes no difference cold or warmed up. Makes no difference on mileage. It's been acting up about 6 months, I have had in the shop and they have replaced everything that has to do with fuel. A light is on ...
     
    0 answer