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  • 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
     
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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.