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#74 of 707 Re: 1996 Kia Sportage cylinder 3 misfire [wades_mama]
Aug 10, 2007 (3:43 pm)
I have been having the same problem with my 99 sportage running really rough and the engine light has been on for a year.I had it coded (after I was told to put in a mass airflow sensor which did help a little until I was told to undo the battery for 5 min.after which it was the same again)and two problems came up one of which was a misfire on #1.(Where are the dam sparkplugs at?) and the other the mass airflow sensor which I just replaced and did't fix the problem.thanks
#75 of 707 1995 sportage serious problems
Aug 10, 2007 (9:26 pm)
So I have owned a 95 sportage for the last two years. When I first bought the car it ran fine, then after some time it started to run really strange. When it is cold it takes forever to start, I have to repeatedly turn the ignition over to get it to start (at least 20 times very quickly). Then when it is running it will just die for no reason. It will seem like it is running ok then all of a sudden bam it dies. I replaced the Mass Airflow sensor did the tune up and changed all the filters stuff like that. The car ran ok for about 2 months, then the car started doing the same old thing again, plus this time the alternator and the battery both took a fat dump on me while on the freeway. The car died at 65 mph and i pulled over to the side of the road, then it when trying to turn the car over it wouldnt start. I kept trying and the battery must have been working overtime cause even the hazards went out. I replaced the Alternator and the Battery and it runs again but it still wont run right, keeps dieing all the time and wont idle for more then 2 minuets before dieing. Ive been told it might be the ECM but they cost like 2 grand for it....... Any ideas?
Aug 11, 2007 (10:22 am)
or the Electronic Ccontrol Module? About now is probably when I would take it in to get it looked at by a technician that can run diagnostic tests on it. If you can rent one or know someone who has a diagnostic testing machine try testing it out.
I recently traded in a 2001 Kia Sportage 4X4 that never had the problems you're describing. It did blow an alternator at about the 88,000 mile mark and at around 92,000 miles it blew a brake light switch. About a total of $395 to get both of those things fixed at an independent mechanic for the alternator and a Kia dealer to get the brake light switch fixed.
It just sounds like your problem might be an ECM but a person can run tests on their SUV to see if this part needs replacing. And, yes, unfortunately, it will cost you a'plenty to get replaced. You could try replacing it yourself but I'd get a manual and read up well before taking parts apart in there. Good fortune to you getting this problem resolved. Please report back with what you do to get it fixed!
#77 of 707 Re: 02 Sportage 4x4 [kia_driver]
Aug 26, 2007 (1:36 pm)
I find it odd, of all the cars I've owned, Ford, Mercury, Chevy, Dodge, my Kia has had the least amount of problems. I had to replace the alternator myself, the manufacturer had to repaint it, and the 4WD had to be fixed, (under warranty for the last two), but still on my other cars I spent waaayyy more money fixing transmissions, tires due to bad rods, front end problems, etc. My Kia has been my most reliable car. It has 105,000+ miles, and I've only spent a couple hundred dollars. Mostly in maintenance for things that need replacing after the mileage this car has had. I do have an engine light on, it goes on and off. My husband is not concerned about it. It goes off for a week or so after I clean my engine. Otherwise it runs absolutely fine. Though, be sure to change your spark plugs every 2 1/2 years or so, (according to the manufacturer). We were having problems with it sputtering when taking off, and no power. My husband was shocked when he replaced the plugs, they were worn almost to nothing. He said usually you only need to change them at around 100,000. I love my Kia! I'm getting a new one next year!
Aug 26, 2007 (3:49 pm)
what model Kia do you have? I agree, as my nickname describes, Kia's are great cars with a great Warranty. They are also very practically-priced, as you know.
Although in March of '07 I traded my '01 Sportage 4X4 in on a '08 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS, I am not opposed to looking in to another new Kia when the Lancer GTS starts deteriorating. That won't be for a long while, it is also built wonderfully.
But what it does when reading reports like yours is re-affirm my own good experience with Kia and it keeps me ever-interested in all Asian cars(even upstart Chinese-built vehicles). If the right Kia were to come along I might be persuaded.
Watch for the new Soul and C'eed Kia models to come out in the coming months. The new Kia coupe will debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September. It looks awesome!
#79 of 707 Re: timing belt replacement [peabo1]
Sep 24, 2007 (2:04 pm)
on the crankshaft with the pulley removed, the notch should be approx 60 degrees to the left of TDC. The left cam should have the "I" aligned with the mark and the right cam should have the "E" aligned with the mark. After you get these done and the belt on start you engine if it cranks but wont start before you take the belt of hand crank the engine until the cams are lined up again. Remove the belt and turn the crank by hand one full revolution because it was 180 degrees off. I just got done doing this same thing. Also check your local library I found a book on how to replace your timing belts by chiltons at mine it has the setting illustrated.
#80 of 707 What are the steps for changing the Spark Plugs
Sep 24, 2007 (2:18 pm)
Does anyone know what the steps are for changing the spark plugs on a 1998-2002 Sportage 4 cylinder DOHC? or have a link to where I dan find the process (DON'T say www.kia.com)? I spent hours looking through tech pages on Kia's website and found nothing.
#81 of 707 Re: What are the steps for changing the Spark Plugs [thunderchicken]
by steve_ HOST
Sep 24, 2007 (2:21 pm)
Your library may subscribe to Alldata or the Auto Repair Reference Center. I can access the latter at my library online from home. Check the Online Repair Manuals guide too (or maybe an owner who's done the change will post their own guide here, hint, hint).
#82 of 707 Re: What are the steps for changing the Spark Plugs [thunderchicken]
Oct 10, 2007 (4:00 am)
#83 of 707 05 sportage drive train prob
Oct 10, 2007 (10:05 pm)
Hi! i have a 2005 kia sportage and just tonight i noticed a plinking/screeching noise when i am at low speeds. I got home and looked at other message boards and i did see the same problem, however these were all UK cars. Im wondering if anyone else has the same problem with their car. Its a loud screeching/whistling noise and as the gears go higher is isnt as loud, but almost vibrates a bit... anyone have any ideas? it might not be the drive train, just curious. I am still under warranty, but the UK people said their cars werent fixed under warranty. any opinions or anything would be GREAT! thanks!