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  • Myron
    Myron - 2005 Kia Amanti - Engine - 7/31/2012
    Whats wrong when the windshied washer wont work ?
    71,000 miles Will not work at all. It happened just in the last few daysPump sounds like it runs but nothing comes out.
    0 answer
  • lovin_my_kids178
    lovin_my_kids178 - 2002 Kia Rio - Engine - 3/5/2013
    Why does my car not start? I took out the battery and when i put it back in it didn't start.
    the car ran perfect before i took the battery out. now it turns over but wont start. I tried starting fluid and it wanted to start but didn't. please help me
    • HouseCallAuto
      3/5/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Check the main relay in the engine compartment relay / fuse panel. After identifying which relay is the main relay by looking at the inside of the cover of the panel, try and see if this relay clicks when you turn the key on. If you are not sure, try replacing it or switching it with another nearby relay if the other relay has the same part number on it. The horn relay or headlight relay may be the same.
  • Joshgosemusic
    Joshgosemusic - 2005 Kia Spectra5 - Engine - 3/3/2013
    2005 kia spectra5 heat blows cold at stoplights but gets warm when driving
    I have already replaced the thermostat and there seems to be no loss of coolant. the car is not overheating. The heater just won't get warm! Please Help! :)
  • jj
    jj - 2007 Kia Sportage - Engine - 3/3/2013
    Scan tool not showing readings on rear o2 sensor have changed both sensors and now computer wires are good also?
    2007 Kia sportage o2 sensor not reading
    • HouseCallAuto
      2/13/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Much more detail here please. What fault codes? What scan tool are you using? What is the voltage value? If it says 0 volts, tell me that. Don't just say that there is no readings. What does that mean. The scan tool says "no data" ? Tell the complete story, even if it takes you 15 minutes to type it.
    • howlinhowie
      3/3/2013 howlinhowie
      check the two fuses in the engine compartment ,junction relay box for two o2 sensor fuses
  • sparkyhebert
    sparkyhebert - 2004 Kia Sorento - Engine - 2/19/2013
    Does a new TPS need to be programmed or trained, and if so, how long does it take?
    The check engine light is reading a TPS problem and the mechanic claims it would take 3 hours to train or reprogram it. The estimate on this job only claims it would take .4 hours to complete, I want to know if they are honest, Thank You
    • HouseCallAuto
      2/19/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Yes, I agree with you, the posted labor time to replace a TPS on the 04 Sorento is .4 hours, however, in the real auto repair world absolutely nobody is going to adhere to that based upon an hourly rate because it is wrong. A reasonable labor charge would be 1 hour or roughly $75 to $100 based on that particular shop's hourly labor rate. 3 or 4 hours is insane and you should not do business at that shop again because they are not even close. However, Let me add this though. You did not say if you asked them to diagnose your problem. Diagnosis is not included in any repairs, particularly, computer diagnostics. That might add as much as half an hour to an hour. The TPS does need to be adjusted to a specif position using a meter, but it's a few minutes and is included in the .4 labor.
      2/19/2013 sparkyhebert
      Thanks, that is what I thought. The diagnoses has already been done.
  • kellyjohall1979
    kellyjohall1979 - 1999 Kia Sephia - Engine - 2/17/2013
    Replaced fuel pump checked fuel relay seem to have no power to fuel pump and no fire the car was running fine
    no check engine lights on was running fine.. just didn't start replaced with dealership fuel pump checked relay no power to fuel pump and no fire car turns over just no fire.. changed the adjustment on the fuel pump to it highest possibility and the pump ran when ...
    • HouseCallAuto
      2/17/2013 HouseCallAuto
      First thing is plug in a scan tool / code reader and see if the tool can establish communication with the vehicle ECM. If it cannot communicate then this most likely either has a bad Electronic Gas Injection (EGI) Main Relay or it has a bad Engine Control Module (ECM) . If it can communicate then see what fault codes may be stored and update the post with the codes.
      2/17/2013 kellyjohall1979
      The computer will not pull up any information, and the ECM fuse has been checked
      2/17/2013 kellyjohall1979
      how do you reset the computer and could this be the problem?
      2/17/2013 HouseCallAuto
      What do you mean by "will not pull up any information ". Does the code reader establish communication or not? What words display on the screen of the code reader? Please be specific. If you cannot establish communication with the vehicle computer, you will typically get a error message like "check cable connection" or no communication or communication error or something similar and you will not be able to even get to a screen where it would say if there are codes or not.
  • bjc_jo
    bjc_jo - 2002 Kia Sedona - Engine - 2/15/2013
    I have had problems with the wiring horness, and crank shaft, had to replace the gas pump, are any under recalls.
    i had to put the brain box and all the wiring redone in my van it has 105,570 miles on it i'm now having problems with the crank shaft the bolt that runs the motor is stripped out what is the crank shaft made out of and can it be rethreaded to fix? are any of these ...
    • Jimm
      2/15/2013 Jimm
      Check the list of recalls and if any are applicable on the AutoMD website;
  • cherylnappier
    cherylnappier - 2002 Kia Optima - Engine - 2/14/2013
    Why can't I use gas pump to put gas in tank?
    If gas is tried to be put in with pump, it vomits the gas back out. Gas can be put in with a small gas can no problem.
  • kbriggs28
    kbriggs28 - 2008 Kia Optima - Engine - 2/13/2013
    How much would it cost to rebuild the engine?
    it got over-reved when i got stuck in the snow
    • HouseCallAuto
      2/13/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Rarely do mechanics do a rebuild on a clients car engine. Those days are almost gone. It's better to just buy a remanufactured engine and have the shop install it but expect $5000 bill with a 3 year unlimited mileage warranty. Only way to get that down to a number like 2500 to 3000 is to buy a used engine but there is no warranty with a used engine. Nothing wrong with fixing your 08 Optima but obviously you have to really want to keep your same car as many people become emotionally not ready to change out cars.
  • Agustin Nieves
    Agustin Nieves - 1996 Kia Sephia - Engine - 2/13/2013
    What can I do to fix an electrical problem ?
    Ok, The car doesn't start. I have new spark plug and spark cables. The crank shaft sensor is new, the ignition too. The battery works fine and the battery terminals are new.The starter works too. The car is in time and the timing belt is ok. The fuel pump works. I ...
    • felplay auto repair.
      okay do you have spark? and injector pulse? and good fuel pressure? and good engine compression?
      check those thing first. I am sure you missing one of this.. let me know if you need more info..
      felplay auto repair.
      3/12/2013 Agustin Nieves
      The fuel pump works when it wants to and the spark does the same. I bought a new fuel filter to see if it was clogged and it didn't do anything. I don't know if its a relay, the throttle body or the ignition
      felplay auto repair.
      3/13/2013 Agustin Nieves
      I even put a scanner in it and it didn't have any errors.
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    • Mike
      2/6/2013 Mike
      Sounds like it could be the starter, but check the clutch switch also. Sometimes you can tap the starter and it will work (bad starter).
  • lindasmith32
    lindasmith32 - 2003 Kia Optima - Engine - 2/3/2013
    Why it wont start but occasionally
    a new battery has been installed , a new timming belt, a crank sensor installed , oil changed and it will run for a day or so and then it won;t start , I have been stranded three times in the last 4 weeks , it only has 48,700 miles on it
    • HouseCallAuto
      2/3/2013 HouseCallAuto
      You just said "it won't start" but have not defined what you mean by that. The engine makes no noise? The starter motor is not cranking the engine when you turn the key? Or....., the engine cranks over normally but will not start?
  • tpeacher68
    tpeacher68 - 2007 Kia Sportage - Engine - 2/2/2013
    Why does my vehicle sputter when taking off from a stopped position. Then is runs fine.
    I have 80,000 miles on my Kia but for the last 2 days when I take off it feels like it is not getting enough gas to keep it from sputtering at first. Then it stops and runs fine. It does not do it if I begin moving very slowly.
    • Jimm
      2/2/2013 Jimm
      First step - have the check engine light or stored fault codes scanned - for free - at any local auto parts store; Advance Auto, Auto Zone, NAPA. Then, post a reply as 'add answer' with the specific fault code for more assistance.

      Possible Causes of Engine Hesitation or Stumble:

      Dirty fuel injectors (cleaning the injectors often fixes this)
      Dirty air filter (change filter)
      Dirty / clogged fuel filter (change filter)
      Bad MAP (manifold absolute pressure) sensor
      Bad TPS (throttle position) sensor
      Bad or dirty MAF (mass airflow) sensor
      Low fuel pressure (leaky fuel pressure regulator or weak fuel pump)
      Vacuum leaks (intake manifold, vacuum hoses, throttle body, EGR valve)
      Bad gasoline (fuel contaminated with water or too much alcohol)

      Sometimes, what feels like a hesitation is actually ignition misfire rather than lean misfire. The causes of ignition misfire may include:

      Dirty or worn spark plugs
      Bad plug wires
      Weak ignition coil
      Wet plug wires
  • rangerdad111398
    rangerdad111398 - 2004 Kia Sorento - Engine - 2/1/2013
    Has new battery but wont start
    battery and the brake idiot lights are on, then afeter a while shut off, then come back on. hesitated to start, so replaced the battery..started one time, now wont start again
    • HouseCallAuto
      2/1/2013 HouseCallAuto
      In almost all cases, if the battery light is illuminated with the engine running, the alternator is junk. There are some exceptions but few. The light cannot be on with the engine running. When the light is on it means the alternator is not charging the battery.
      2/1/2013 rangerdad111398
      that was my guess..thank you
  • cozmaclaudia13
    cozmaclaudia13 - 2006 Kia Spectra - Engine - 1/25/2013
    Why does the car does not start?
    -it is turning over, has spark, getting fuel, and still does not start -I put starting fluid in the air filter and the car starts but dies immediately.
    0 answer