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  • Dana
    Dana - 2006 Kia Sorento - Engine - 3/10/2015
    My check engine light came on after my transmission hose busted.
    My transmission hose busted and sprayed transmission fluid everywhere underneath my car. We replaced the hose and refilled the fluid. The car runs fine but now the check engine light is on. Any suggestions why?#
     
    • Jimm
      3/10/2015 Jimm
      First step - have the stored fault codes or check engine light scanned - for free - at any local auto parts store; Advance Auto, Auto Zone, NAPA. Then, post a reply as 'add answer' with the specific code for more assistance. There may be a fault code stored in the OBD memory which may not be displayed as a check engine light.

      Do not skip this important first step - there are literally hundreds of possible fault codes. Avoid wasting/ throwing money at the problem.
  • alma ploof
    alma ploof - 2005 Kia Amanti - Engine - 3/9/2015
    Hazard lights and door locks engage and disengage when car is in motion or shut off
    while driving hazard lights will turn on or doors will lock and unlock for a few seconds will stop for a few and do it again also does it when car is stopped with the key off and not running dome light will go on and off with no power and in park check light is not ...
     
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  • Jakeia Williams
    Jakeia Williams - 2005 Kia Sedona - Engine - 3/6/2015
    How critical is it to get my fuel sensor and IFS sensor fixed? What roles do these play in regards to the car?
    When I bought this van, I was told the engine light was on because it needed an Oxygen sensor. Took it to AutoZone and two codes popped up: one signifying the crankshaft position sensor signal is monitored for errors, and the other signifying the evaporative ...
     
    • Jimm
      3/6/2015 Jimm
      First question - what are the specific fault codes? The fuel sensor provides fuel level indication.

      Ignition failure sensor(IFS) = sometimes coolant will leak on this sensor which can cause this problem as well as the ignition failure sensor to quite all together causing the engine to stall out because of a no spark condition.

      Here is some more info on this code.

      P0320 Ignition Failure Sensor Circuit Malfunction

      Possible Causes

      * Ignition failure connector is damaged
      * Ignition failure sensor circuit is open or shorted to ground
      * Ignition failure sensor has failed

  • ckim1
    ckim1 - 2008 Kia Sportage - Engine - 3/5/2015
    2008 Kia Sportage with 55,000miles vs 2011 Kia Sportage with 11,000 miles
    2011 is AWD 2008 is 4WD Price is about the same. I am not good with cars and this is going to be my first car. I want a car that won't break down for next 5-7years. That is my TOP priority. I will probably drive 8,000~10,000 miles/yr. My price range is about ...
     
    • Jimm
      3/5/2015 Jimm
      Check these resources for the ratings; www.edmunds.com, www.kbb.com, www.consumerreports.com. As far as breakdowns - much depends on the maintenance history.
  • ckim1
    ckim1 - 2008 Kia Sportage - Engine - 3/5/2015
    2008 Kia Sportage with 55,000miles vs 2011 Kia Sportage with 11,000 miles
    2011 is AWD 2008 is 4WD Price is about the same. I am not good with cars and this is going to be my first car. I want a car that won't break down for next 5-7years. That is my TOP priority. I will probably drive 8,000~10,000 miles/yr. My price range is about ...
     
    • Jimm
      3/5/2015 Jimm
      Check these resources for the ratings; www.edmunds.com, www.kbb.com, www.consumerreports.com
  • Steward
    Steward - 2004 Kia Optima - Engine - 3/4/2015
    Hi, What does it mean when I see smoke coming from behind the engine and smells like something is burning?
    For a couple of days now my car has been slightly leaking oil from a bolt that is behind the engine underneath the engine valve cover. I've been smelling and seeing smoke come from behind the engine while driving with the heat on and when I park the car. Any idea ...
     
    • Jimm
      3/4/2015 Jimm
      Repair the engine oil leak to take care of the smell and smoke.
  • Wil
    Wil - 2009 Kia Sorento - Engine - 3/1/2015
    If my antifreeze reservoir was bone dry what does that mean? What if its bone dry and I filled it up to the fill line?
    I'm hearing a loud noise coming from my exhaust or engine when I accelerate to 40mph then it goes away what could be the problem? It sounds like I have a modified exhaust but I don't. could it be the transmission? Please help. No warning lights, it has 81,582 ...
     
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  • merijo
    merijo - 2003 Kia Sedona - Engine - 2/28/2015
    While driving a warning chime is sounding when you come to a stop it stops.
    This only happens while driving the abs light is on and the parking brake light comes on when this starts sounding all about 2seconds after putting in drive. My lighter and charging ports don't work. Hi beam indicator is on even though when you turn on hi beam they ...
     
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  • merijo
    merijo - 2003 Kia Sedona - Engine - 2/28/2015
    While driving a warning chime is sounding when you come to a stop it stops.
    This only happens while driving the abs light is on and the parking brake light comes on when this starts sounding all about 2seconds after putting in drive. My lighter and charging ports don't work. Hi beam indicator is on even though when you turn on hi beam they ...
     
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  • rick
    rick - 2013 Kia Optima - Engine - 2/26/2015
    Hesitation on take backfire cloud of smoke intermittantsometimes accelaration interuption while driving and then accelar
    33000 oil changedcar warm both once in a whileright after oil change engine once since oil change no
     
    • Jimm
      2/26/2015 Jimm
      First step - have the stored fault codes or check engine light scanned - for free - at any local auto parts store; Advance Auto, Auto Zone, NAPA. Then, post a reply as 'add answer' with the specific code for more assistance. There may be a fault code stored in the OBD memory which may not be displayed as a check engine light.

      Do not skip this important first step - there are literally hundreds of possible fault codes. Avoid wasting/ throwing money at the problem.

      Possible Causes of Engine Hesitation or Stumble:

      Dirty fuel injectors (cleaning the injectors often fixes this)
      Dirty air filter (change filter)
      Dirty / clogged fuel filter (change filter)
      Bad MAP (manifold absolute pressure) sensor
      Bad TPS (throttle position) sensor
      Bad or dirty MAF (mass airflow) sensor
      Low fuel pressure (leaky fuel pressure regulator or weak fuel pump)
      Vacuum leaks (intake manifold, vacuum hoses, throttle body, EGR valve)
      Bad gasoline (fuel contaminated with water or too much alcohol)

      Sometimes, what feels like a hesitation is actually ignition misfire rather than lean misfire. The causes of ignition misfire may include:

      Dirty or worn spark plugs
      Bad plug wires
      Weak ignition coil
      Wet plug wires
  • Fjsmith423
    Fjsmith423 - 2005 Kia Rio - Engine - 2/23/2015
    Won't go faster than 40mph
    Replace coil, plugs, and plug wires
     
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  • Banks27
    Banks27 - 2003 Kia Sedona - Engine - 2/16/2015
    Cooling fan has power but doesn't turn on car overheating engine not cooling
    Hooked up wire to battery and fan turned on but not on when car runs
     
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  • mtrimble
    mtrimble - 2014 Kia Soul - Engine - 2/16/2015
    Why does my vehicle hesitate when accelerating from take off?
    Sometimes when taking off from a stopped position the vehicle acts like there is no accelerator. it starts to go then nothing. then goes again. I have learned that if you hold the accelerator steady then you will take off at the same accelaration. But if you ...
     
    • Jimm
      2/16/2015 Jimm
      First step - have the stored fault codes or check engine light scanned - for free - at any local auto parts store; Advance Auto, Auto Zone, NAPA. Then, post a reply as 'add answer' with the specific code for more assistance. There may be a fault code stored in the OBD memory which may not be displayed as a check engine light.
      Possible Causes of Engine Hesitation or Stumble:

      Dirty fuel injectors (cleaning the injectors often fixes this)
      Dirty air filter (change filter)
      Dirty / clogged fuel filter (change filter)
      Bad MAP (manifold absolute pressure) sensor
      Bad TPS (throttle position) sensor
      Bad or dirty MAF (mass airflow) sensor
      Low fuel pressure (leaky fuel pressure regulator or weak fuel pump)
      Vacuum leaks (intake manifold, vacuum hoses, throttle body, EGR valve)
      Bad gasoline (fuel contaminated with water or too much alcohol)

      Sometimes, what feels like a hesitation is actually ignition misfire rather than lean misfire. The causes of ignition misfire may include:

      Dirty or worn spark plugs
      Bad plug wires
      Weak ignition coil
      Wet plug wires
  • mtrimble
    mtrimble - 2014 Kia Soul - Engine - 2/16/2015
    Why does my vehicle hesitate when accelerating from take off?
    Sometimes when taking off from a stopped position the vehicle acts like there is no accelerator. it starts to go then nothing. then goes again. I have learned that if you hold the accelerator steady then you will take off at the same accelaration. But if you ...
     
    • Jimm
      2/16/2015 Jimm
      First step - have the stored fault codes or check engine light scanned - for free - at any local auto parts store; Advance Auto, Auto Zone, NAPA. Then, post a reply as 'add answer' with the specific code for more assistance. There may be a fault code stored in the OBD memory which may not be displayed as a check engine light.
      Possible Causes of Engine Hesitation or Stumble:

      Dirty fuel injectors (cleaning the injectors often fixes this)
      Dirty air filter (change filter)
      Dirty / clogged fuel filter (change filter)
      Bad MAP (manifold absolute pressure) sensor
      Bad TPS (throttle position) sensor
      Bad or dirty MAF (mass airflow) sensor
      Low fuel pressure (leaky fuel pressure regulator or weak fuel pump)
      Vacuum leaks (intake manifold, vacuum hoses, throttle body, EGR valve)
      Bad gasoline (fuel contaminated with water or too much alcohol)

      Sometimes, what feels like a hesitation is actually ignition misfire rather than lean misfire. The causes of ignition misfire may include:

      Dirty or worn spark plugs
      Bad plug wires
      Weak ignition coil
      Wet plug wires
  • Dennis Cortes
    Dennis Cortes - 2007 Kia Spectra - Engine - 2/11/2015
    Which vacuum hose should I check
    I have 3 codes. P0171, p2626, p2097 and I was told to check for vacuum hose leaks first so I would like to know with the codes I have, which hose should I check first. Thank you
     
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