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  • fridaysauto
    fridaysauto - 2004 Kia Optima - Engine - 4/3/2013
    Where is the fan relay located
     
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  • 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 ...
     
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  • kfurnace
    kfurnace - 1997 Kia Sportage - Engine - 3/25/2013
    Driving under normal conditions vehicle stutters. it feels as though someone has reach over and turned the key off n on
    I have had several new parts put on, fuel pumps, filters, plugs, plug wires, fuel rail, objectors,
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      3/25/2013 HouseCallAuto
      plug in a code reader and read the codes and update this same post with the code numbers. This step is not optional, it is required in order to fix the car. Buy a code reader for $21 at amazon, takes 2 minutes to read the codes.
      HouseCallAuto
      3/26/2013 kfurnace
      Okay I have just placed the order for the code reader, thank you for replying
      HouseCallAuto
      4/1/2013 kfurnace
      I received the reader do I need to drive and put some miles on the Kia before I plug in the reader?
      HouseCallAuto
      4/2/2013 kfurnace
      I have plug in the reader as directed in manual but no codes appeared then I had it Reagan but nothing.
  • kfurnace
    kfurnace - 1997 Kia Sportage - Engine - 3/25/2013
    Driving under normal conditions vehicle stutters. it feels as though someone has reach over and turned the key off n on
    I have had several new parts put on, fuel pumps, filters, plugs, plug wires, fuel rail, objectors,
     
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  • kfurnace
    kfurnace - 1997 Kia Sportage - Engine - 3/25/2013
    Driving under normal conditions vehicle stutters. it feels as though someone has reach over and turned the key off n on
    I have had several new parts put on, fuel pumps, filters, plugs, plug wires, fuel rail, objectors,
     
    0 answer
  • peter
    peter - 2006 Kia Spectra - Engine - 3/25/2013
    Oxygen sensor caused check engine light to come on
    check engine light came on. Code reader said oxygen sensor stuck open. There are 2 oxygen sensors forward and rear, how do I know which one to replace? There is about a $130 difference in price and scan did not specify which one.
     
    • Jimm
      3/3/2013 Jimm
      Go ahead and replace both of the oxygen (O2) sensors at the same time. You will find if you replace just the one - due to age / mileage / wear considerations - the second O2 sensor that was not replaced will soon fail.
      The O2 sensors are easily replaced - be sure to remove them when the engine and exhaust is cold - spray the threads liberally with thread lubricant and let soak for a time first. Check the 'How-To-Guides' feature on the AutoMD website for the specific steps to change the O2 sensors.
      Check the many different 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 downstream O2 sensor from around $36.00 and the upstream sensor from around $97.00 for your vehicle.

    • Walker Pro
      3/25/2013 Walker Pro
      I need to know what P codes you got on the code reader. Once we know the code you received, I will be able to help you further
  • stallion6685
    stallion6685 - 2002 Kia Sedona - Engine - 3/23/2013
    The engine will not turn off
     
    • Jimm
      3/23/2013 Jimm
      Replace the ignition switch with a new one. Here are several poossible on-line auto parts sources; www.autopartswarehouse.com, www.1aauto.com, www.rockauto.com. For example, they (RockAuto) list the ignition starter switch from around $32.00 for your vehicle.
  • myraehl1960
    myraehl1960 - 2000 Kia Sephia - Engine - 3/22/2013
    Changed my alternator belt and whenever I turn my heat on it starts to squeal and when I turn it off it stops what is
    it happen when I am driving or slowing down or when I take off
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      3/22/2013 HouseCallAuto
      The alternator belt is not tight enough. The electrical load placed on the alternator during times of hi current usage (like the heater blower) is enough to expose the looseness of the belt.
  • james
    james - 2001 Kia Sportage - Engine - 3/18/2013
    Heater A/C fan cycles on and off
    130,000 miles, it doesn't seem to matter if vehicle is cold or warm, happens if I'm driving or stopped, it seems to occur all the time, but just recently started doing it, the heater, A/C fan, no check engine light or warning light, one other thing that happens when ...
     
    • racel4750
      3/18/2013 racel4750
      Check both switches (fan, power windows) a loose connection will work intermittently and when grounded will draw too much current and blow the fuse.
    • HouseCallAuto
      3/18/2013 HouseCallAuto
      You have a bad ignition switch. Both of these circuits are on separate fuses but those TWO circuits are supplied bettery voltage directly from the ignition switch IG2 ouput wire. Except for the daytime running lights there are no other circuits connected but these two. The fact that they both go out at the same time and both return to normal function at the same time proves one cause which goes to the only component that has been known to fail, and that is the ignition switch. Probability here is near 100%. Boom.
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    • HouseCallAuto
      3/14/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Replace the Canister Purge Valve. Probability here is almost 100%.
  • HelpfulHarvey,LLC
    HelpfulHarvey,LLC - 2009 Kia Rondo - Engine - 3/13/2013
    What can I do to have Kia replace the cooling fan with one that DOES NOT TASTE GOOD TO SQUIRRELS! -- they've eaten 1/4th
    Squirrel(s) has/have been camping in our Kia's engine compartment long enough to nibble away on over 1/4 of the plastic and fiber composition blades: they look like they will be out of balance! (See photos and video.) [I even replaced a fan on a Chevrolet motor home ...
     
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  • williametuck
    williametuck - 2003 Kia Sorento - Engine - 3/11/2013
    When I put gas in my fuel tank at a gas station the gas flows back shuts nozzle off?
    my vehicle does this all the time when i try to fuel it, if i put the gas in real slow, it will try to take fuel but will kick off the nozzle after a few seconds.
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      3/11/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Replace the Canister Closed Valve, Evaporative Canister. The valve goes bad because the canister starts to expel charcoal grains and they get stuck in the valve and cause it to get stuck. Dealer parts.