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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2000 Kia Spectra - Engine - 12/23/2013
    So i pushed in my cig lighter and it sparked the gears locked and now it wont start at all.
    it turns over but it wont ignite im guessing? it seem slike the fuel pump is bad but we took it off and it worked on a battery thing. we tested it. if i go buy coils they wont let me return them. could it be the coils?
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      12/23/2013 HouseCallAuto
      I have never heard of a situation where pressing in the lighter caused an immediately stallout. very odd indeed. What you need to do first is check all fuses. the lighter circuit has it's own fuse that should have popped and not affected any other fuses...unless someone once before replaced the lighter fuse and installed a bigger fuse than is called for. Supposed to be a 15 amp but if someone did not have a 15 amp and they lets just say installed a 25 or 30 amp fuse..... In that case then the next fuse that might pop is an ignition fuse 20 amp ....
      HouseCallAuto
      12/23/2013 HouseCallAuto
      its not coils so dont buy them
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2000 Kia Spectra - Engine - 12/22/2013
    So i pushed in my cig lighter and it sparked the gears locked and now it wont start at all.
    it turns over but it wont ignite im guessing? it seem slike the fuel pump is bad but we took it off and it worked on a battery thing. we tested it. if i go buy coils they wont let me return them. could it be the coils?
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2003 Kia Sedona - Engine - 12/18/2013
    About my cataylic converter
    ok my 2003 kia Sedona ex has 3 cat converters 2 pre cats and one cat my driver side pre cat off the manifold is making my light come on. Do I have to have all three cats working to pass inspection or does only the main cat have to be working properly to pass? the ...
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      12/17/2013 HouseCallAuto
      You only need to make the fault code stay away. If that means replacing just the front pre-cat then fine. If no codes for the other cat no need to do them.
    • Jimm
      12/18/2013 Jimm
      The parts are readily available; try these on-line sources; www.partsgeek.com, www.rockauto.com, www.discountautoparts.com, www.autopartswarehouse.com, www.jcwhitney.com - to list only a few possibilities.
      In fact, they (RockAuto) list the front pre-catalytic converter from around $189.00 for your vehicle
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2005 Kia Magentis - Engine - 12/17/2013
    Kia Magentis spark plugs.
    2005 Kia Magentis(2.4). 160,00 kms(99408 miles). Suggestions for what kind of spark plugs & wires I can buy from ebay? NGK Laser Iridiums? Iridium? Suggestions please? Thanks :-)
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      12/17/2013 HouseCallAuto
      NGK laser good choice. There are only two wires on this engine. I would buy NGK Part # 3879 wire set. The wires are always the perfect fit and are the only company to number the wires by cylinder #, not that it plays a role with this engine at all...
      HouseCallAuto
      12/18/2013 AutoMD Member
      Thank you :-)
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2008 Kia Rio - Engine - 12/16/2013
    First and third cylinder misfire
    110000 miles
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      12/16/2013 HouseCallAuto
      I need to know the details surrounding the misfires. Obviously if cylinders 1 and 3 were both dead at the same time, the engine would likely run terrible or not at all. So, are these misfires random and what codes show up when checking for codes? Is code P0301 and P0303 showing up at the same time? How bad does it run?
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2005 Kia Magentis - Engine - 12/16/2013
    Vibrates at red light.
    Car vibrates,when stopped at red light. Check engine light on. When driving,it seems to be sluggish when increasing speed.
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      12/16/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Your first move if you want to attempt a DIY repair is identify why the check engine light is illuminated. Plug in a code reader and see what codes are stored. You can obtain a code reader from amazon for $17 with shipping and checking the codes takes 2 minutes. Post the code numbers when you update this same post.
      HouseCallAuto
      12/16/2013 AutoMD Member
      Mechanic did a diagnostic.
      Wife was told it was a tranny code-said the sensor may need to be replaced.She did not get the code numbers.
      HouseCallAuto
      12/16/2013 HouseCallAuto
      I suggest you buy your own code readfer like I said. Its so easy to do yourself. Having a mech do a diagnostic slows things down, unless you will also have him fix it.
    • AutoMD Member
      12/16/2013 AutoMD Member
      I understand.Yes,Im wanting my mechanic to fix it.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2006 Kia Sportage - Engine - 12/16/2013
    Kia Sportage will not start
    When it is running, it runs great. Sometimes when it is turned off, when you go to start it, you get nothing. No click and it doesn't turn over. Sometimes you can get it to start by holding the key in the start position. It is still silent, but then it sometimes ...
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      12/16/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Located in the instrument panel fuse box there is a fuse labeled START which is a 10 amp fuse. The ignition switch puts power to this fuse when the key is moved to the CRANK position. So, the diagnostic strategy here is to monitor whether this fuse ever loses battery voltage when the key is turned to start. I don't automatically want to tell you to replace the ignition switch (which may be the cause here) . I had a similar diagnostic on a car recently and I realized that the loss of starter function to my client's car was so intermittent and random that I knew I would not be at the car the next time it did it. What I did was I took a simple taillight socket and used the two wires coming out of the socket that light the bulb (one is 12 volts and one is a ground) and I hooked one wire to the fuse in question and the other I attached to any good ground. I positioned the bulb and socket up near the wiper area with a tie wrap so that the driver could always see it every time he started his car. The bulb should illuminate each and every time that the key is turned to CRANK and the bulb should go out when the key is released. If even one time the key is turned and the bulb does not illuminate at that moment while holding the key in a crank position, that confirms a bad ignition switch. The driver (YOU) will be able to monitor the bulb at all startups.
      HouseCallAuto
      12/16/2013 HouseCallAuto
      I also had an afterthought that I assume that you make sure that the battery terminals have been removed and cleaned inside the terminal and the battery post until silver and shiny..
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2006 Kia Sportage - Engine - 12/16/2013
    The car will not start
    When it runs, it runs well, sometimes when it is turned off, it won't re start. Turn the key - nothing. It doesn't click or turn over. Sometimes if you hold the key over it will turn over after 8 - 10 seconds but not all the time?
     
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  • chuck
    chuck - 2002 Kia Sportage - Engine - 12/14/2013
    Location of where my spark plugs are.
    for a couple of months, the car takes 2 or 3 attemps before it starts. It has a new battery and altinator in it. I thought I would check the spark plugs, but can't locate them. What are some of the reasons to cause this problem of not wanting to start?
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      12/14/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Under the plastic cover that is attached to the center of the valve cover. Remove this cover with a few screws and the plugs are evident.
  • 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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