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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.
    0 answer
  • 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 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).
    0 answer
  • 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?
    0 answer
  • ashwood0609
    ashwood0609 - 2004 Kia Amanti - Engine - 10/8/2013
    Scancodes p1118-p11178-p0155-p0161-p0135-p0141-p0102.all i did was change 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 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.
      10/7/2013 HouseCallAuto
      its not the O2 sensor
      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.
      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?
  • A1RodTire&Auto
    A1RodTire&Auto - 2004 Kia Sedona - Engine - 9/27/2013
    Vehicle runs hot while idling, water pump, thermostat & radiator all replaced. Cooling fan work Why still running hot?
    Only when idling does it run hot, while driving temp goes down
    • HouseCallAuto
      9/27/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Replace the Engine Coolant Temperature Sensor which may be giving a false reading to the gauge.
  • - 2007 Kia Magentis - Engine - 9/22/2013
    Show Fuse system in carnivel 2005
    air conditioner fuse system
    0 answer
  • lrufus51
    lrufus51 - 2003 Kia Optima - Engine - 9/21/2013
    How would i power wash the motor
    it have a lot of dust on it an i would like to clean it
    • Jimm
      9/21/2013 Jimm
      Keep the high pressure spray away from the alternator and avoid a direct flow into the air intake - and the engine wash should be OK.
      9/22/2013 lrufus51
      thank you jimm.
  • zippertf
    zippertf - 1997 Kia Sportage - Engine - 9/16/2013
    Have code P0 326 also dash light on, car goes into limp mode.
    P0326 states knock sensor CKT range/performance bank 1 or 1 sensor. Can anyone tell me what exactly what this pertains to?
    0 answer
  • rotarypower82
    rotarypower82 - 2002 Kia Spectra - Engine - 8/20/2013
    2002 KIA spectra gs lifter problems. Replaced cylinder head with a reman loaded head and now lifters won't pump up.
    I have started the engine and let it run for a minute or so at idle like three times and the lifters won't pump. I don't know if I am doing something wrong. I know with a new head and cams iI would need to break them in but this is a reman and no parts were ...
    0 answer
  • Lindsey
    Lindsey - 2008 Kia Rio5 - Engine - 8/12/2013
    2008 Kia Rio5 Takes Long Time to Start
    When I try to start my car it will turn over but will take a full 10 seconds to start. Sometimes I have to do this and turn it over for a second time before it will actually start. It does this all the time no matter the temperature or if I have been driving it ...
    • frankiedonnn
      8/12/2013 frankiedonnn
      Not having an engine light does not mean that a code is not set in the P.C.M. Free scans are available at your local auto. parts outlets like Advance Auto. Auto zone etc. if you can get the car there.A scan code will make the diagnosis a lot quicker.Was the air filter checked too and what is the condition of the battery ? A battery thats on the way out could cause no start condition. Check the expiry date of the battery and have a load -test done on it or replace it if the expiry date is gone.The battery is the life of the car.Try some fuel injector cleaner in the gas as the fuel injectors and the plugs could be dirty. Also look for loose wires in the ignition systm and the ground wires : shake the black wires that are connected to the body of the vehicle to be sure none are loose .Check the smaller things first .
      8/24/2013 Lindsey
      Yeah I had it checked at advanced auto and everything was fine. Air filter is new. Now it starts just fine as long as the engine is cold. If I've been driving and stop somewhere on my way home it's very hard to start. Any ideas? Thanks for the help.