Last post on Dec 13, 2013 at 7:24 AM
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Kia Spectra, Engine, Sedan, Wagon
#120 of 129 Re: Spectra Crankshaft cracked [pizard]
Oct 04, 2008 (10:36 pm)
Sounds more like a problem with a front axle.
I don't know how a tech could eyeball a crankshaft--an internal engine part--while rotating tires. Unless Superman had to get a day job.
Get the Firestoners to speak specifically, since this diagnosis does not make any sense.
Check with your KIA dealer, there is the possibility of a recall or they could do a warranty stretch.
Or the Firestoners could be lying, or incompetent.
It's been known to happen!
Second opinion, I suggest.
#121 of 129 Re: Spectra Crankshaft cracked [lamronh49]
Oct 05, 2008 (3:58 am)
OK, that makes sense since that's what the Kia dealership said, but regardless they wouldn't cover it since the axle wasn't part of the powertrain warranty (according to them).
#122 of 129 Re: Spectra Crankshaft cracked [pizard]
Oct 11, 2008 (9:27 pm)
Pizard, you might want to check a second source. Dealers have been known to make up stuff on occasion. It is probably not covered by warranty, since they get paid for warranty work. But I'd check with another KIA dealer or KMA (Kia Motors). There is also a fed. govt. site having to do with faulty parts and recalls, etc. but it's late and I can't bring it out of my memory banks.
Read your warranty book, it will explain exactly what is covered by the B-B and powertrain warranties. IIRC powertrain means engine and trannie only.
Good luck, an axle with a crack is not to be trifled with. You're fortunate it did not let go at speed. Not my kind of excitement.
#123 of 129 Re: 2006 Spec 5 [jcj8008]
Feb 25, 2009 (11:06 am)
i am about to buy the same headers for my 2006 spectra. I was wondering if its worth the money, i mean bang 4 the buck, did you notice a big difference?
#124 of 129 05 Kia Spectra sluggish acceleration - check engine light
Apr 01, 2009 (12:46 pm)
My daughter is in SF with car problems. We just got the car out of the shop and her check engine light went on and she noticed sluggish acceleration. Went back to the shop and they said they charge an addtn'l $105 to diagnose.
When the converter goes bad is the sluggish acceleration a symptom? Does anyone know of an honest shop to go to in SF. Been ripped off by 2 so FAR.
College MOM thanks you.
Jul 31, 2009 (4:38 pm)
My 2003 Kia Spectra would have trouble turning over. At first we thought it was the starter so we replaced it-didn't change anything. We had to put in a marine battery as it would keep turning over, but took awhile to catch-the marine battery gave us the time needed to get it started. Now it won't start at all, and we tried to pop the clutch to get it going and discovered the engine seems to be frozen...any comments?
Aug 04, 2011 (9:53 am)
I have a 2003 Kia Spectra 114500 miles on it... and it died on me last night. The key turns and it sounds like it wants to start, but the engine is just not catching. I now nothing about cars, but it has been running through oil like crazy for the last year, and I can't remember ever getting a tune up. It died while I was driving it, at a stop light... shook a little and then just died like I was out of gas.
My question is since it will probably cost me a ton just to get someone to look at it, is it worth repairing at this point? I think the value of the car is less then $1000 right? I fear that it may be something major, but then again if it is something minor and I don't get it fixed I will feel stupid... ADVICE??
#127 of 129 Re: Kia Spectra died on me [dealightfulent]
Aug 04, 2011 (3:11 pm)
For both this post and the one above(#125) did you get the timing belt changed at the recommended 60K? The reason I ask is that what you described is exactly what happened to me with my 2004 Kia Cinco. If that is the case then you have probably messed up the heads. IF you find this to be the case, THINK, before you automatically just say replace the heads, as they cost almost as much as a new engine so if you decide to go that route put in a new engine. That didnt occur to me until 4 hours after I authorized the heads, and they had already been ordered so the dealership told me they had to go with the original order..... My son has a 200 Spectra and he learned from my mistake and made sure he had the timing belt changed at 65K...thankfully we have a trusted mechanic and it cost $150 compared to $645 at dealer
#128 of 129 something broke
Dec 10, 2013 (7:22 am)
have a 2003 kia spectra went to start it and it was making a squirting noise like something was pumping and sloshing out popped the hood and thought it was the radiator but it was coming from the back of the motor looked and oil was squirting out someone said it may be the sensor is this possible all oil is now on the ground didnt hear any knocking just squishing can anyone help
#129 of 129 Re: something broke [hawaiipup]
Dec 13, 2013 (7:24 am)
ok a friend came and checked seems the filter gasket was blown out so they replaced the oil filter it was driven a bit then in the morning it happened again we were thinking the friend didnt tighten the filter tight enough but im concerned there maybe an underlying problem what caused the first oil filter to blow out the friend said he spoke to another mechanic and they thought maybe the head gasket or cracked head but not too sure he even gave the right discription to the other mechanic. if it were a cracked head or a head gasket wouldnt there be signs of water in the oil? the oil that shot onto the motor was clearly oil and not gray any input would be great i keep thinking theres more to it than the oil filter bad