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  • 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
    0 answer
  • 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..
      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
      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 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?
      jason if cylinder #2 is 90 psi and # 1 3 4 are at 120.>>>>>> what do you think??
  • tp
      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.
  • mona
    mona - 2005 Kia Rio - Engine - 11/17/2010
    Car wont start. Getting nothing at all
    i am not getting power to the inside fuse panel
      11/17/2010 MOONSTER_TOOLZ
      Did you check the condition of your battery if it has an appropriate charge to crank the engine? Check is cables if attached firmly and free of corrosion. Check if you have spark and if the spark plug wire is in good condition and providing a current for spark plugs. Fuel system should also be checked and the air filter must be inspected if blocked. Have your engine scanned for stored trouble codes to verify and determine the exact fault of the engine. Post the codes here so that we can help you in diagnosing your engine trouble.
      9/16/2011 kenny
    • HouseCallAuto
      11/17/2010 HouseCallAuto
      Check all underhood fuses. The underhood fuse panel feeds the interior fuse panel.
  • Tony
    • vince^_^
      11/17/2010 vince^_^
      You have to set the timing marks at the right spot. You can visit this link to see the routing and the timing marks of each pulley
    • Marcus Fenix
      11/17/2010 Marcus Fenix
      The cam pulleys go the same way you have removed them BUT...

      Do not turn crank counterlockwise

      1. you have to align the marks on the crank and the cam to get the proper timing. TDC 1 on compression

      Unfortunately, words cant explain what pictures can, so you have to buy the manual since i cant post the picture that i have here.
      Marcus Fenix
      11/18/2010 Tony
      Where can you buy the manual at? I have looked every where for one and have not been able to find one for a kia sportage.
  • tland01
    tland01 - 2001 Kia Sportage - Engine - 11/17/2010
    Where are plugs located
    car needs tune up can't afford all parts for job can i replace as income allows
  • Traci
    Traci - 2002 Kia Rio - Engine - 11/17/2010
    Car randomly shuts off going through lights or in stop and go traffic
    I've had the car for 4 years and noone can tell me why it shuts off. It happens at all different times. It will shut off when backing out of a parking spot.
    • HouseCallAuto
      11/17/2010 HouseCallAuto
      There is an active campaign by Kia dealers to resolve this problem. Campaign 034. It is a free repair. call Kia dealer