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  • purplekiss
    purplekiss - 2005 Kia Spectra - Engine - 11/16/2010
    Why does my car make ratteling sounds when at red light and stop sign sounds somthing is loose
    When I am driving there is no sound but once I start to reduce speed to stop light at red light it make this sound loud when I but the car in park is does not make the sound I need to know for sure in order to get it fixed
      11/16/2010 MOONSTER_TOOLZ
      Are trying to say that the rattling noise is the vibration of the engine accompanied by a noise of something loose in the vehicle body? Possibly the rattling noise comes when you are slowing down and at stop but your gear is in drive position. My suspicion either the engine is choked or there's insufficient fuel getting into the combustion during low speed. Possible cause of this is your throttle position sensor is at fault or need to be adjusted. To adjust the TPS:
      Remove the throttle body from the car and loosen the TPS adjustment screws
      Hold the throttle plate and keep it from moving. Rotate the TPS clockwise, then counterclockwise until a click is heard. Continue rotating until it stops but do not cause the throttle plate to move. Secure the screws
      Proper adjustment is obtained when you open the throttle plate and insert a feeler gauge at the throttle stop screw:
      When you close the throttle against a .45mm feeler gauge, no click is heard from the TPS
      When you close the throttle against a .15mm feeler gauge, a click is heard.

      It is good idea to go through the manual for specific information which may inform you whether you need to change the TPS or for that matter any of the car's auto parts.

      Check and verify if TPS is failing using a scan tool. Check also the condition of your air filter maybe dirty; clean or replace the air filter.
      11/17/2010 purplekiss
      Thank you for you advice I will give this a try
  • Billdow
    • HouseCallAuto
      11/5/2010 HouseCallAuto
      If you want to possibly get through this yourself with help from us it will require you to have the fault codes checked that are stored in the engine control module. I could guess and tell you to try this or that but I don't like to guess. Not very productive. Buy an inexpensive code reader (under $75) and attach it to the diagnostic connector under the driver side dash and read the codes. It takes like 3 minutes. This is what the professional mechanics do in a repair shop for an event like you have. You just do not get to be a part of those behind the scenes details. Tell me in a repost what the codes are and I'll tell you what parts to buy to fix it without a repair shop intervention. Do not assume that if the engine service light is not on that there are no fault codes stored as many people think. The codes must be checked and if there are none, that also helps to know. Update me.
    • busybee
      11/11/2010 busybee
      Ours was doing the same thing and it is the cam shaft sensor
  • tland01
    tland01 - 2001 Kia Sportage - Engine - 11/10/2010
    This car needs tune up
    as far as plugs and wires know problem where is coil and ignition module located
    • HouseCallAuto
      11/10/2010 HouseCallAuto
      The coils are in the spark plug well under the valve cover plastic cover. I believe that there is only two ignition wires that are very short.
  • cindy
    cindy - 2001 Kia Sephia - Engine - 11/10/2010
    Is water pump internal or external
    • Bobby
      11/10/2010 Bobby
      if you mean is it timing belt driven or drive belt driven.

      Yours is drive belt driven so is on the front of the engine versus being under the timing cover and driven by the timing belt. Here is a link below to what it looks like
  • Dennis
    Dennis - 2007 Kia Rondo - Engine - 11/9/2010
    Where is the valve assy-purge located and how do you replace it?
    0 answer
  • Dennis
    Dennis - 2007 Kia Rondo - Engine - 11/7/2010
    Where is the purge control valve located
    • Fox Hound
      11/7/2010 Fox Hound
      Should be below the intake manifold, 2 rubber hoses connected to it and a 2 pin connector.
      Fox Hound
      11/15/2010 Dennis
      Do you replace from underneath ?
  • Larry
    Larry - 2006 Kia Rio - Engine - 10/31/2010
    Where are the bank oxygen sensors located and how do you change them.
    this sensor cause car to skip and run on three cylinders when service engine light comes on.
    • Black Ops
      10/31/2010 Black Ops
      I dont think oxygen sensors will cause your car to skip and fire on 3 cylinders. It can be because of the spark plugs or other parts of the ignition system. Now, since your service engine light is on, please get it scanned. Post the code here.
  • rebeliousone
    rebeliousone - 1999 Kia Sportage - Engine - 10/30/2010
    How to replace valve cover gasket
    0 answer
  • bob alfers
    bob alfers - 2004 Kia Sorento - Engine - 10/26/2010
    Where is the pcv valve located
  • Henry
    • AWACS E3 Sentry
      10/25/2010 AWACS E3 Sentry
      It is dangerous since everything disengages including your brakes if the engine dies. Now there are several reasons and questions that i need to ask you in order to troubleshoot this concern of yours. Yes there several roads we can take.

      Lets start with the questions:

      Does the engine restart right away?
      Is the engine hot when it happens?
      Have you replaced your fuel pump?
      Have you replace your fuel filter?

      Lets now go to the possiblities:

      Injectors might be blocked
      The ignition module on the distributor Gets hot, and then shuts down. MAP which comes off the EGR with a small hose to a small sensor.
      It can also be your MAF
      AWACS E3 Sentry
      10/26/2010 Henry
      Here follows my answers to your questions: Engine restarts right away... Engine is not hot when this happens... Fuelpump not replaced lately....
      Yes fuelfilter replaced two weeks ago....
      E.g. sometimes when I switch from park or neutral to drive, the engine turns off... or when I'm driving and I slow down the car to make a turn, the engine turns off....
  • Barb
    Barb - 2004 Kia Sedona - Engine - 10/22/2010
    The emmission control warning light came on and it runs very rough.
    I had timing belt and water pump replaced and it has ran rough sometimes since then but in the last couple of days it runs real rough when starting but seems to straighten out when I get up to speed. Until today - now the light came on and it runs rough all the time.
    • g_force58
      10/22/2010 g_force58
      sounds like the mechanic didn't set the timing correctly. Improper timing can set a check engine light.
  • PDMartin
    PDMartin - 2002 Kia Sedona - Engine - 10/22/2010
    Where do i find the power line to the air conditioner compressor
    power line to air conditioner compressor
    • g_force58
      10/22/2010 g_force58
      if you are talking about the electrical conection to the a/c clutch, it's on the compressor near the pulley.
  • Glenn
    Glenn - 2000 Kia Sportage - Engine - 10/22/2010
    A/c works good and is cold but engine guage rises ti high levels especially when idling or low rpm's
    have checked all things that I or anyone else can think of. new thermostat, bled system, cooling system filled, fan is belt driven and working, no leaks, runs cold, will work great then will have engine temp go up high on guage which is working correctly as far as ...
    • g_force58
      10/22/2010 g_force58
      check that the cooling fans are working. if they are, change the thermostat. If the problem remains after these steps have the temp sensor checked.
  • dave1111
    dave1111 - 1999 Kia Sportage - Engine - 10/22/2010
    What is an iat sensor
    • g_force58
      10/22/2010 g_force58
      the IAT or engine "inlet temperature sensor" is located in the air intake tract and senses the air temp going to the engine.
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