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Kia Repair Information

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Engine Misfires

Since Kia uses the waste spark system that has a coil-n plug for one and three cylinders and wires for two and four cylinders, it is best to inspect the spark plug, plug connectors, and boots. Inspect if there is any arcing or pin holes in the boot. Remove the intake snorkel to access and replace the spark plug. Pull the spark plug wire to access the plug itself. Handle the plug by the rubber boot at the plug end of the wire. Wipe any dirt or debris surrounding the spark plug to avoid objects from falling into the cylinder. Remove the spark plug by turning it counterclockwise using a spark plug socket and a ratchet. Install the new spark plug and tighten it using your hand. Using the socket wrench, tighten the spark plugs. You may have to replace the coil or wire as well if there is a sign of spark leak.

Fuel is spitted outClogged Fuel Vapor Canister

Whenever fuel is spitted out, but the problem may be more serious than that. You may need to replace the fuel vapor canister, its filter, or both. This part can get clogged with debris or the carbon inside it can become saturated. You can access the canister at the rear of the vehicle by the fuel filler neck. Carefully disconnect the vacuum lines linked to the canister before removing the faulty part. Install the new vacuum canister and reconnect the vacuum lines.

Busted Tail Light Bulb

Before you start replacing the busted tail light bulb, make sure that your Kia is parked on a level ground and the area is well lit. Open the trunk and remove the screws of your tail light cover. Pull out the light fixture and remove the light bulb and then set the fixture aside. Install the new tail light bulb into the light fixture and reinstall the tail light cover. Secure the whole assembly with the screws. Remember to buy the right bulb for your Kia model. Refer to the Kia owners' manual for this information.

Worn Brake Pads and Rotors

Using a floor jack, raise your Kia high enough to allow easily access to the brake components. Remove the wheel and tire to expose the brake calipers and rotors. Clean the working parts of the brake assembly, caliper, and rotor with proper brake cleaner. Make sure to remove all the brake dust and dirt. Loosen the head bolts that attach the caliper to the caliper mount. Slide the caliper off the brake rotor. Remove the worn brake pads from the caliper and the brake pad clips. Install the new brake pad with the new retaining clips to the caliper. Now, place the caliper onto the axle to get ready for the rotor's replacement. Remove the brake rotor from the axle. Install the new rotor by aligning it over the wheel studs. Put the caliper back into place along with its mounting bracket. Tighten the bolts to secure the assembly. Once all the parts are in place, depress the brake pedal to check the assembly.


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