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  • saltriverhistory
    saltriverhistory - 2007 Kia Rondo - Engine - 6/17/2013
    Air conditioner not cooling as well as it should, and not at all in idle conditions
    Had a new compressor put on last fall, noticed within a few days that was not cooling like I was used to. I called dealer, but distance and work schedule prevented me from taking right back. Winter came and no need for air. now as summer begins same problem. I ...
     
    • Jimm
      6/17/2013 Jimm
      Usually, the a/c compressor is replaced with other parts. For example if you have opened the system to replace the a/c compressor, the system should be flushed, all o-rings and seals replaced as well as the receiver-drier, orifice tube, and accumulator.

      As a first step - clean all the road dirt and debris from the a/c condensor (just in front of the radiator) using a garden hose spray.
    • HouseCallAuto
      6/17/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Someone that knows ac has to look at this with ac gauges attached. Take it back to dealer that did the job and get this fixed under the warranty that I am sure you were given. 1 year / 12000 miles would be typical warranty.
  • pinnerfamily
     
    • Jimm
      6/6/2013 Jimm
      The engine coolant temperature sensor provides an input voltage to the PCM. As the coolant temperature varies, the sensor resistance changes resulting in a different input voltage to the PCM.
      The engine coolant temperature sensor is also utilized for control of the cooling fan. The issue may be related to; faulty cooling fan switch / temperature sensor, faulty cooling fan relay, faulty cooling fan fuse, faulty cooling fan wiring / connection, faulty cooling fan motor.

      As a first step, check the fuse, relay and wiring for connection and condition. Next, test the fan motor itself by running a jumper wire from the battery positive to the motor - if the motor / fan operates at this point, then you can suspect these items; temperature sensor, wiring, relay, or fuse.
      Jimm
      6/6/2013 pinnerfamily
      Auto Zone diagnosed the check engine light with a scanner and found the code P0480. does this help eliminate the problem?
    • Jimm
      6/17/2013 Jimm
      P0480 = Fan 1 control cicuit

      The electric cooling fan is controlled by the powertrain control module (PCM) through the cooling fan relay based on inputs from the following components: - The engine coolant temperature (ECT) sensor - The intake air temperature (IAT) sensor - The A/C selector switch - The A/C refrigerant pressure sensor - The vehicle speed sensor (VSS).
      The PCM controls the cooling fan by grounding the cooling fan control circuit which turns ON the cooling fan relay. The cooling fan relay will be commanded ON when the following conditions are met: - The engine coolant temperature reaches 106°C (223°F) or more. - The A/C clutch requested. - The vehicle speed is less than 38 MPH. The cooling fan relay will be commanded ON regardless of vehicle speed when the following conditions are met: - The engine coolant temperature is 151°C (304°F) or more. - The A/C refrigerant pressure is high. The cooling fan may be commanded ON when the engine is not running under a fan run-on conditions described in the electric cooling fan general description portion of the service manual.

      Symptoms

      Possible symptoms of OBD code P0480
      - Engine Light ON (or Service Engine Soon Warning Light) - Engine overheating

      Possible causes of OBD code P0480

      - Fan control relay harness - Fan control relay connector - Fan control relay - Cooling Fan 1 The Error code is generally activated on detection of the following conditions: The P0480 code is detected when the PCM detects that the commanded state of the driver and the actual state of the control circuit do not match.

      Possible Solutions

      - Replace the malfunctioning fan control relay 1 - Replace the cooling fan 1
    • HouseCallAuto
      6/17/2013 HouseCallAuto
      In almost all cases of P0480 on Kia, the cooling fan control module replacement is the fix.
  • cris
    cris - 2001 Kia Rio - Engine - 6/12/2013
    My kia car shows the fault code p1166 what this code means?
    car dies out all the time and no power and pressing the gas pedal all the time.
     
    • Jimm
      6/12/2013 Jimm
      P1166 = Lambda Controller At Limit (Bank 1).

      Error code P1166 is a primary indicator that the ECU/ECM is receiving negative feedback from an O2 sensor or a bad O2 sensor control. Running an Oscilloscope test is actually not a bad idea in this case, and if it proves to be an O2 sensor, it is most likely the one behind the catalytice converter.

      The only other thing that comes to mind that may trigger a P1166 is a leaky air intake system, and that can be solved by doing a simple smoke test before you end up taking the vehicle to the dealership or repair shop. I would definitely recommend doing this first. If it turns out to be a leaking intake, then that will save you a lot of time and money. The reaction that your car is having at this time is typical for a faulty (leaking) air system or faulty O2 sensor.

      There can be several causes:

      ● Air leakage or restriction in intake or exhaust system
      ● Dirty engine oil or oil level too high
      ● Front HO2S or MAFS contamination
      ● Fuel system
      ● EVAP system
      ● Faulty sensor signals
  • ROXPAULROUSH
    ROXPAULROUSH - 2011 Kia Sorento - Engine - 6/12/2013
    WONT START BATTERY DEAD
    NO LITE OR INDICATION CAR NOT CHARGING,JUMPED,WAS FINE FOR 3 DAYS THEN SAME THING ANOTHER JUMP STILL NO LITE OR INDICATION ANYTHING WRONG
     
    0 answer
  • dreitz2236
    dreitz2236 - 2006 Kia Rio - Engine - 5/22/2013
    When to replace battery
    52000 miles Florida car
     
    • Jimm
      5/22/2013 Jimm
      Replace the battery if the engine cranking seems slower - delayed almost. Also, if the battery test (cranking amp test and load test) shows a weak cell. Have the battery load / performance tested - for free -at any local auto parts stores; Advance Auto, Auto Zone, NAPA - to list only a few.
      Jimm
      5/22/2013 dreitz2236
      exactly what it is doing.I will get it tested....thank you
  • grady
    grady - 2006 Kia Spectra - Engine - 5/14/2013
    what is the spark plugs gap for a set of champion # rc10pypb4
     
    • Jimm
      5/11/2013 Jimm
      The spark plug gap setting should be; 0.044" for these plugs - or for any spark plugs for the same vehicle regardless of the brand; common gap specification of 0.044".
      Jimm
      5/12/2013 grady
      thank you. should they be pre-set to that when i brought them. the gap on them is .040. i was told not to try to adjust gap i could break tip on plugs
    • Jimm
      5/14/2013 Jimm
      Make sure the spark plug gap is adjusted - they should not be installed with the incorrect gap of 0.040".

      Always - repeat always - check the spark plug gap and reset as required to the correct specification - in this case they should be 0.044" for your engine.
      Jimm
      5/15/2013 grady
      ok will do, thanks again.
  • subwaybuff
    subwaybuff - 2005 Kia Amanti - Engine - 5/12/2013
    Repeated MIL Code P0302 2005 Amanti
    in 10/011 I had all spark plugs, coil packs and spark plug wires replaced. In 4/2013 P0302 returned and coil pack was replaced. Now I get an pending P0302. Could it be the third replacement in 18 months? What else could it be? Happens at all speeds-even at idle and ...
     
    • Jimm
      5/12/2013 Jimm
      P0302 - Cylinder 2 Misfire Detected. P0302 means that cylinder two is misfiring. A misfire occurs when there is incomplete combustion inside the cylinder.

      Possible Causes:

      Vacuum leak
      Defective fuel injector
      Defective ignition coil pack
      Insufficient compression
      Defective high tension wire or spark plug

      Possible Solutions:

      Repair vacuum leak
      Replace defective injector
      Replace defective ignition coil pack
      Replace burnt exhaust valve
      Replace defective high tension wire or spark plug
  • subwaybuff
    subwaybuff - 2005 Kia Amanti - Engine - 5/12/2013
    Repeated MIL Code P0302 2005 Amanti
    in 10/011 I had all spark plugs, coil packs and spark plug wires replaced. In 4/2013 P0302 returned and coil pack was replaced. Now I get an pending P0302. Could it be the third replacement in 18 months? What else could it be? Happens at all speeds-even at idle and ...
     
    • Jimm
      5/12/2013 Jimm
      P0302 - Cylinder 2 Misfire Detected. P0302 means that cylinder two is misfiring. A misfire occurs when there is incomplete combustion inside the cylinder.

      Possible Causes:

      Vacuum leak
      Defective fuel injector
      Defective ignition coil pack
      Insufficient compression
      Defective high tension wire or spark plug

      Possible Solutions:

      Repair vacuum leak
      Replace defective injector
      Replace defective ignition coil pack
      Replace burnt exhaust valve
      Replace defective high tension wire or spark plug
  • steph_mitch27455
    steph_mitch27455 - 2001 Kia Optima - Engine - 5/12/2013
    My check engine light is not working, car won't pass inspection. How do I fix this?
    Check engine light does not come on when I start car.
     
    • frankiedonnn
      5/12/2013 frankiedonnn
      I think you mean it does not come on when the ignition is switched on.It could be a blown bulb or a fuse.Check the fuse first .
  • Hans
    Hans - 2004 Kia Sorento - Engine - 5/4/2013
    Upper small cooling hose leaks at the Radiator connector
     
    • Jimm
      5/4/2013 Jimm
      Several possibilities; loose hose clamp (retighten), leaking radiator hose (replace the hose), leaking / faulty radiator (repair or replace the radiator). As an initial step - apply a cooling system pressure tester - with the engine cold to determine the leak source. The cooling system pressure tester may be obtained as loaner tool from any local auto parts store - usually for a small fee.
      Try the many on-line auto parts sources, such as; www.autopartswarehouse.com, www.partsgeek.com and www.rockauto.com for the replacement parts. For example, they (RockAuto) list the upper radiator hose from around $6.40 for your vehicle.
  • Agustin Nieves
    Agustin Nieves - 1996 Kia Sephia - Engine - 5/2/2013
    How many oil retainer does the engine have? And where?
    Oil loss
     
    • Jimm
      5/2/2013 Jimm
      What is meant by 'oil retainer' - are you referring to the various engine gaskets? If yes, then here is a short list - from top of the tyical engine to the bottom;
      Valve cover gasket, front timing cover gasket, cylinder head gasket, oil filter gasket, oil pan gasket, front timing seal.
  • johnburnsjr
    johnburnsjr - 2006 Kia Sportage - Engine - 4/14/2013
    At what milage should my timing belt be replaced
     
  • anetdurr
    anetdurr - 2006 Kia Spectra - Engine - 4/12/2013
    Why won't my car start?
    I have a 2006 Kia Spectra XS & I changed the starter, the battery , & the relay switch... I'm being told that it might be the altinator....Do you think this is my problem?? When I try to start the car it just clicks...
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      4/12/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Please if you can, tell the story from beginning. What happened first before anything was replaced? Was it doing this same thing, just a click before anything got replaced?If I understand correct, you are saying that the starter is NOT cranking the engine when you turn the key? You are getting a single click or a series of repeating clicks? Also, is this an automatic trans or manual transmission?
  • kristinnvaldi
    kristinnvaldi - 2000 Kia Sportage - Engine - 4/8/2013
    The motor newer gos below 1250rpm and raises op to 2000 rpm when the car is moving in nutral
    My kia sportage works fine when the motor is cold but when it warm op then it starts running at 1250 rpm and when i'm stopping at red lights the motor stays at 2000 rpm until 3 sec after complete stop then it drops to 1250 rpm again. if im stop on a hill with ...
     
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  • kim.leonila
    kim.leonila - 2003 Kia Spectra - Engine - 4/4/2013
    I need to replace my Catalytic Converter, I live in california...where can I purchase one?
    My check engine light came on about a year ago. I went and had the code test done, they said my O2 sensor was broken. Now a year later I took it to Meineke to see what the code read now and they said I "most likely needed a new catalytic converter" but they didn't ...
     
    • Jimm
      4/4/2013 Jimm
      Try these on-line sources; www.autoanything.com, www.rockauto.com, www.partsgeek.com, www.californialegalconverters.com - to list only a few.
      Also, make sure of the specific fault code displayed or stored - to cause the check engine light. Get the details as possible so you know what exactly is the problem / issue and the proposed solution for the repair.
      Please post a reply with the specific fault code for further assistance.