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  • Cedric
    Cedric - 2002 Kia Sportage - Engine - 12/10/2013
    What is the cost to have someone replace a fuel pressure regulator spring hose clamp on a 2002 Kia Sportage?
    The spring clamp on the fuel pressure regulator does not seal properly and drips gas when it is cold outside giving a strong smell of gasoline inside the vehicle. I have been able to see the slow drip from the far end of this hose.
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      12/9/2013 HouseCallAuto
      There is no listing for this specific repair to quote from. This might be a Kia dealer repair only if you must know the charges in advance. Anyone else is just going to guess because there is no reference in any labor operation for "replacing a fuel pressure regulator spring hose clamp" in any aftermarket material.
    • Jimm
      12/10/2013 Jimm
      If the smell is coming into the vehicle through the defroster ducts the problem is a rubber fuel hose. This hose runs from the injector metal fuel line (under the mixing chamber, also known as the plenum chamber) to the fuel dampener on the front of the engine. This hose may or may not show signs of wetness but it gets porous and emits vapors. The rubber fuel hose and the dampener need to be changed. You will need a 10mm socket and a long pair of needle nose pliers to fish out the clamps under the plenum.

      That spring clamp is the cause. The line that goes to the bottom of the fuel pressure regulator does not seal with that spring clamp.
      The solution is to replace the factory spring clamps with proper hose clamps - about one dollar each. The real problem is that to get at the inside clamp, you have to remove the air plenum. Not all that difficult, just very time consuming.
      Jimm
      12/10/2013 Cedric
      thank you for your insightful answer to my question. I feel more confident now discussing this issue when I take my car to the service center.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2007 Kia Rondo - Engine - 12/7/2013
    Why would my car be hard to start right after I put gas in it
    car has 180,000 miles on it
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      12/7/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Replace the purge control valve - it is under the hood just rearward of the opening of the throttle body.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2001 Kia Spectra - Engine - 12/4/2013
    Are the exaust and intake timing gears the same?
    I am replacing the timing belt which broke at 143,000 miles. I lined up the marks, but noticed the intake cam gear is marked with an E instead of I. Will this make a difference?
     
  • Kirby
    Kirby - 1999 Kia Sportage - Engine - 12/3/2013
    Water pump had to be replaced fluids leak out car over heated. warter pump needs replace car wont start
    is there away to reset car after car over heated
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      12/3/2013 HouseCallAuto
      After an overheat a car does not have a reset to make it run again. I can't sugar-coat this answer. It likely means that bad stuff happened to the engine, usually a head gasket at the very least. The cause obviously has to be diagnosed properly but I can say with reasonable certainty from being a mechanic for 37 years that the answer is always bad news. Sorry for the negative answer.
  • Kirby
    Kirby - 1999 Kia Sportage - Engine - 12/3/2013
    Water pump is bad just started car up while car was warming car shut off fluids had leak. car now wont start
    is there a safety to reset after water pump is installed
     
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  • mas1186
    mas1186 - 2001 Kia Sportage - Engine - 12/2/2013
    Engine Idles High in Park and Neutral and Will not start when Hot
    When you stop and the engine is warm, I will not crank again for about 30 mins or so until it cools down Idles up when in drive even when accelerator is not being pressed. Changed Idle AIr Controller to no Avail.
     
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  • mas1186
    mas1186 - 2001 Kia Sportage - Engine - 12/2/2013
    Engine Idles High in Park and Neutral and Will not start when Hot
    When you stop and the engine is warm, I will not crank again for about 30 mins or so until it cools down Idles up when in drive even when accelerator is not being pressed. Changed Idle AIr Controller to no Avail.
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2006 Kia Optima - Engine - 12/2/2013
    When I start it up it cuts out . When I restart the car it sputters a bit and may cut out.
    Also my check engine light has been on for a year. Multiple mechanics said they will diagnose and fix it. It may stay off for a few weeks and then reappear again.
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      12/2/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Find a more qualified mechanic, how to do that does not have just one answer, however, the position that you need to take (not sayin have a chip on your shoulder) but you need to know the codes that are stored in your computer before you bring it in and they need to know that you know the codes. You need them to promise in some way that the same code will not reappear a couple weeks after services rendered to correct a specific code, and if it does they have to make good on their promise and fix it for free. Obviously there is a limit to a warranty, but just staying ok for a few weeks is not a fix. I'll bet that if you erase the codes yourself with your very own code reader that you can buy from amazon.com for $20 without even performing a repair that the light might stay off an equal amount of time.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2001 Kia Sportage - Engine - 11/20/2013
    Fuel pump's 10 amps fuse keeps blowing off when turning the ignition switch on.
    kia 2001 sportage doesn't star (and fuel gage doesn't move from a quarte of a tank).
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2001 Kia Sportage - Engine - 11/20/2013
    Fuel pump's fuse keeps blowing off, is the fuel pump bad?
    fuel gage doesn't move(it shows a quarter of the tank) when cranking the car that won't start.
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      11/20/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Check and see if the wiring under the rear seat that powers the fuel pump is chafing on a ground. Try unplugging the fuel pump and if the fuse does not blow when the key is turned on then yes the pump is bad. Look for a grounded wire first under the rear seat.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2003 Kia Sedona - Engine - 10/26/2013
    Engine stalls when making sharp turns or fast stops. not always but often. can fuel filter or pump be cause. or what.
    engine runs smooth and great before and after stalling.
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      10/26/2013 HouseCallAuto
      In order to rule out fuel pressure as a cause it would require that a fuel pressure gauge be hooked up and the gauge placed where you could monitor the gauge pressure and pay attention to what the pressure does as the vehicle goes into a stall. If it were a fuel pump then you would see pressure drop off rapidly during turning or braking.
  • tefrock5
    tefrock5 - 2004 Kia Sorento - Engine - 10/10/2013
    When the vehicle is cold I hear a random tapping sound coming from the engine. I have replaced the lifters already.
    it is not constant like a rod knocking and goes away when the engine warms up. what other things could it be?
     
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  • ashwood0609
    ashwood0609 - 2004 Kia Amanti - Engine - 10/8/2013
    Scancodes p1118-p11178-p0155-p0161-p0135-p0141-p0102.all i did was change muffler.no way all those at once?
    welded tailpipe. could that do it?/runs only at high idel/no response from gas pedal
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      10/8/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Can you detail further what led up to this? I answered your other question asking you for more info. Your welding *might* have caused this, although it's uncommon.
  • ashwood0609
    ashwood0609 - 2004 Kia Amanti - Engine - 10/8/2013
    Worked on exaust.now it runs at high idle and no response from gas pedel.02senser mabey?
    removed cat.converter an instaled turbo muffler
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      10/7/2013 HouseCallAuto
      There are fault codes stored in the engine module right now. You have to plug in a code reader and read the codes and repost with the code numbers. This is how this is diagnosed, no other way. You can obtain a code reader from amazon for $20 and reading the codes tales a few minutes. By the way you cannot remove a cat converter, its not legal to do so and you will never pass an inspection without it.
      HouseCallAuto
      10/7/2013 HouseCallAuto
      its not the O2 sensor
      HouseCallAuto
      10/8/2013 ashwood0609
      codes are p0155 p0161 p0135 p0141 p0102 p1118 p1178.
    • HouseCallAuto
      10/8/2013 HouseCallAuto
      That is too many codes. I want more detail here. Why did you install a muffler and remove the cat? Did you have a running problem before? Do you have any wires that are not plugged in? The two codes P1118 and P1178 are for the throttle actuator which is your cause here. It seems this is an un-natural situation. Most of these codes could have been set by having sensors unplugged and starting the engine. Tell the longer story please.
      HouseCallAuto
      10/9/2013 ashwood0609
      entire ex. was rusted out. also when u pass or go up steep hill cabin would stink of converter.ran fine but got crap for gas milage so i freed up the exaust
  • spookykeim
    spookykeim - 2003 Kia Rio - Engine - 9/29/2013
    Why won't my automatic shift out of first gear and why does it idle fast?
    My car has 69,000 miles. The check engine light came on but turned off again. Is this an engine or transmission problem?
     
 
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