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  • Lola
    Lola - 2005 Kia Optima - Engine - 11/29/2010
    Can you fix the a/c compressor pump as to not having to replace it?
    Driving belt fell off and I am trying to by pass it so I do not have to mess with the aircompressor pump as it is too expensive to fix?
     
    • Bobby
      11/29/2010 Bobby
      the a/c compressor or the air pump, there is a part called an air pump on some vehicles also but i think you are just talking about the a/c. what you have to do is check if the vehicle came equiped with no a/c and if it did to check that belt routing seaquence, sometimes the manufacturers make them the same way so it might be as simple as removing the a/c compressor and getting the belt for the no a/c application. however sometimes its not that simple and they manufacturer might have had to add a braket or an idler pulley to compensate for having no a/c on the pulley system.
    • HouseCallAuto
      11/29/2010 HouseCallAuto
      Cheapest way out of this is to install a used compressor from a junkyard but I don't recc it cause you might never be able to have AC again. Install a remanufactured unit unless you really are OK with the possibility of not having reliable AC again.
  • martin padgett
    martin padgett - 2005 Kia Sorento - Engine - 11/29/2010
    How many oxygen senors on this model
     
  • bonto77
    bonto77 - 2003 Kia Spectra - Engine - 11/27/2010
    What is the orvr valve
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      11/27/2010 HouseCallAuto
      ON-BOARD REFUELING VAPOR RECOVERY (ORVR) SYSTEM. This is a valve mounted to the top of the fuel tank (tank must be removed from vehicle for access)

      The on-board refueling vapor recovery system allows the fuel vapors in the fuel tank to be introduced
      directly into the canister through the vent valve when the fuel tank inside pressure increases as a result of refueling.
      HouseCallAuto
      11/27/2010 HouseCallAuto
      If it fails you will have an impossible time trying to fill your fuel tank.
  • p&jbrown
     
    • Autobahn
      11/24/2010 Autobahn
      Cold Air, like AC cold air? I believe this is a blend door problem, its stuck. The blend door is in between located in between the heater core and the A/C evaporator the acutator is outside of it. You won't see or get to it without removing the entire plenum (Which means you have to go under your dashboard). Then have the car running and switch it from heat to cold to see of it opens,if not that could be the problem, usually its the inside control unit that goes bad,that's the whole control unit where you switch from hot to cold or change it from lower to higher vents Look for a cable or vacuum hose attached to the system. If broken or disconnected, this could be your problem. Some HVAC (heating ventilation air condition) systems have an electric motor that adjusts the blend door. This is harder to diagnose as the pivots could have broken stopping it from moving.
  • Sandra
     
    • Autobahn
      11/23/2010 Autobahn
      Im curious as to why you would do that? Why dont you just buy remanufactured alternators or even brand new ones, they start at around $140.

      Now, if you insist on getting an alternator from another car, there are lots of alternators from different cars that will fit your spectra, just make sure that they have the same power rating. (60 amps, 80 amps or whatever your car originally has) Now with the fitting, its a trial and error thing, i cant (nobody) can give you all the possible combinations. I mean i won't be surprised if an alternator from Honda will fit your vehicle.

      Checkout this link for a list of alternators for your car
      http://www.autopartswarehouse.com/search/
    • HouseCallAuto
      11/23/2010 HouseCallAuto
      The alternators from only these will fit >> SEPHIA 1.8L 1999-2001
      SPECTRA 1.8L 2000-2004
  • Joe DeScala
     
    • david
      11/23/2010 david
      bend valve probley
    • geoprge
      11/23/2010 geoprge
      timing is off or wrong sprocket could be a number of things
  • james
    james - 2001 Kia Optima - Engine - 11/22/2010
    Replaceing the timing belt
    need to know the timing marks and where they are at on the motor
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      11/22/2010 HouseCallAuto
      If you are attempting a job of this type, it is wise to have a good quality repair manual with all the steps and pics right next to you.
  • Donna
    Donna - 2005 Kia Sedona - Engine - 11/22/2010
    How do you get to the spark plugs
     
    • Solid Snake
      11/22/2010 Solid Snake
      Removal of the intake manifold is what i will suggest. Take everything off the intake first beginning with the 2 brackets on the left hand side that hold some wiring and un-clipped some on the very back corner on the left hand side. You need to be careful because two of these three connections have one of those wire clips. The first clip is on top and easy to put back in on install. The second is between the intake and firewall and the clip goes to the bottom and exellent place to drop it at. I slid it just in the lip and kept a finger on it to hold in place poppped on the plug and then pushed wire on install worked perfect the first time. You will need to go to the right hand side of the intake and unhook the throttle body, but you will have to get your airbox out of the way first to reach the four bolts at the throat of it. Then there is a sneaky little bolt on the back that will put you in the clear. Working towards you there are another bracket holding some wiring on so undo that and a bracket along the front of the intake you will take loose. Now just look at the intake there is a nut at each end in the front and three short bolts between them then there is two long bolts heads just sitting there on top. after removing these I believe there were 4 bolts in the rear of the intake once these are removed you can see everything and have plenty of room to work top side.

      Tightening torque : 18~22lb-ft
  • charmer37
    charmer37 - 2005 Kia Sportage - Engine - 11/21/2010
    Where is the location of the starter.
     
    • Solid Snake
      11/21/2010 Solid Snake
      Its located underneath your vehicle. connected to your transmission.

      To make it easier for you, this is how to find it.

      1. Look for your pulleys (where the belts are connected)

      Found it?

      On the opposite side is the tranny and you will see the starter.

      1. Disconnect battery negative cable and positive cable
      2. Remove the starter cable from the B and S terminal (solenoid side)
      3. Remove the 2 bolts and the starter

      Installation is reverse of removal.
  • brian
    brian - 2004 Kia Sorento - Engine - 11/20/2010
    Where do the spark plugs go?
    I need to repace or check them and dont no where they go
     
  • Dennis
    Dennis - 2007 Kia Rondo - Engine - 11/19/2010
    Where is the intake manifold located?
    Need to replace the Valve assy-purge
     
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  • spectra
    spectra - 2002 Kia Spectra - Engine - 11/19/2010
    Diagnosis - cylinder 2 - 90 PSI, all other are at 120. Do I need a whole new engine or can the bad cylinder be replaced
    Car will start but not stay running, shakes, smells like gas, and check engine light came on..
     
    • J and K AUTOMOTIVE TOWING AND REPAIR
      you dont need a new motor............but it does need to be rebuilt...............i would look into having the block bored .010...and get new pistons and rings and bearings............far cheaper than buying a new motor...........good luck
    • J and K AUTOMOTIVE TOWING AND REPAIR
      there is another way cheaper.....have #2 cylinder bored out then sleeve it to the same as the other 3 that way you dont have to buy new pistons...........you can use the same ones just get new rings and bearings...........if you go this way and rebuild it always get a new oil pump...............good luck............happy thanksgiving
    • Jason
      11/19/2010 Jason
      The first thing to do is to determine the cause of the low compression. It could be a valve instead of worn piston rings. Did a repair shop perform the compression check?
    • J and K AUTOMOTIVE TOWING AND REPAIR
      jason if cylinder #2 is 90 psi and # 1 3 4 are at 120.>>>>>> what do you think??
  • tp
     
    • MOONSTER_TOOLZ
      11/19/2010 MOONSTER_TOOLZ
      You might have a vacuum leak; inspect the body of the air intake for detached vacuum hose inlet and then re-attach it. Another is the failure of fuel pressure regulator to normalize the input of fuel going into the engine. In addition, Your IAC is failing to respond quickly, thus having sometime before it able to normalize the engine idling. Have it check by a scan tool before it becomes a catalyst of much more serious problem.
  • nielores
    nielores - 1998 Kia Sportage - Engine - 11/18/2010
    Kia timing belt shreded and does timing have to be set
     
    • vince^_^
      11/18/2010 vince^_^
      You have to replace your timing belt and yes you have to set/match the timing mark in your pulleys before you remove your timing belt and replace it with a new one.
    • Solid Snake
      11/18/2010 Solid Snake
      Yes of course the timing has to be set, TDC piston 1 compression stroke. You also have to align the marks on the crank an cam shaft. Unfortunately you have to have a manual for the pictures, i have the instructions (both for SOHC and DOHC) here but it wont do you any good without the picture on the timing marks.
  • Jim
    Jim - 2005 Kia Spectra - Engine - 11/18/2010
    Cylinder head torque specs and valve clearance
     
    • vince^_^
      11/18/2010 vince^_^
      Cylinder head bolts specification:
      For M10 bolts the torque specification is 17 - 19.5 ft. lbs., plus 60-65 degrees plus additional 60-65 degrees
      For M12 bolts its torque specification is 20.5 - 23 ft. lbs., plus 60-65 degrees plus additional 60-65 degrees

      Valve stem- to- Guide Clearance:
      Intake – 0.0008 – 0.0020 in
      Exhaust – 0.0014 – 0.0026 in.