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Kia Sportage, SUV
Jun 02, 2007 (10:50 am)
2002 Kia Sportage - I have over 200,000 Km on mine. I've been throught a lot of problems since my vacuum went on my 4 wheel drive. I too had the hubs flipped. Then a vibration started. Its not balancing, it happened on both winter & summer tires. My mechanic replaced a bearing in the front housing ? I think and spindles. Now he is suggesting replacing the axles. When the hubs are disconnected the vibration is gone but as soon as he engages the 4 wheel drive it returns.When the hubs are flipped it is there. It is getting worse. I brought it home to give him a break. We are both frustrated.
My second problem is the check engine light. He showed me all the possible codes that could have caused it. He said Chev or Ford would give one exact code. It usually comes on after it has been in park and idling for a period of time. We are thinking ot is the 170 or 171 coded O2 sensors.
I now understand why the dealership could not figure out why the check engine light kept coming on. Everytime it is something new.
#6 of 67 97 Kia Sportage Automotive Repair Manual
Jul 21, 2007 (2:54 am)
I am looking for a downloadable 97 Kia Sportage Repair Manual.
#8 of 67 Re: 1998 kia sportage [tlawson50]
Sep 15, 2007 (4:40 am)
You have probably had this fix already, I own a 2001 sportage, The same problem happened to me on the highway. It turned out to be a timing sensor, that in return ruined the timing belt. so both needed to be replaced.
#9 of 67 Re: 1998 kia sportage [steve_]
Oct 10, 2007 (11:56 am)
"Gates says ... that it's an interference engine"
Gates is wrong. This story carries on continually but happily this DOHC is indeed a non-interference engine. That is why all those who neglect to change the belt at 70,000 miles and get stranded in the middle of nowhere at the worst moment just have to get the car towed home, reinstall a new belt and , while they are there, new idler, bender and coolant pump, and just start the engine and go.
THis has been experienced a lot of times.
#10 of 67 Re: 1998 kia sportage [lmp4]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Oct 10, 2007 (12:21 pm)
Gates is wrong about my minivan too (supposedly - my belt hasn't broken yet and it's overdue for replacement). Maybe Gates wants to sell belts.
That zip file may discourage some people - maybe you can cut and paste it in a Guide? (seems like I dropped that hint once before, lol).
Thanks for the info!
#11 of 67 Re: 1998 kia sportage [steve_]
Oct 10, 2007 (6:06 pm)
I'll dig in that guide option soon.....that looks like an interesting feature of this forum. In the mean time, all can browse as they wish here
#12 of 67 electrical problem
Dec 19, 2007 (1:46 pm)
I have a 99 Sportage EX 4 wheel drive where the cruise control and the rear window defroster have quit working over the years. Can anyone shed light on whether these items share a wiring route into the fuse box? The mechanic wants to spend $88 an hour to work the problems past the whole "fuses are good, fuse box is powered" step.
Additionally, the top adjusting button for the mirrors has never worked. Can that also be loose with the other two connections or am I really looking at three separate items?
Am I better off taking it back to the Kia dealer or will my Goodyear guy eventually be paid enough to research the problem, open a wiring diagram, and find the loose wire loom?
Electrical problems cheese me out with any car. Otherwise, it's a trooper. I have the same acceleration problems and tire vibration issues as I've read here. (People at stop lights hate me and my pokey car.)
#13 of 67 decor items
Dec 19, 2007 (1:52 pm)
I've posted about the electrical problem I've got, now on to the cosmetic issues. The weather here has taken it's toll on the manual shift stick cover... Pleather or leather, I'm not sure... but the stick and four wheel select stick cover is disintegrating. Where can I buy a replacement??!
#14 of 67 Re: electrical problem [cclavey]
Dec 20, 2007 (9:56 am)
Cruise and RW defogger share common fuse
but I think you would have a lot more components dead if problem came from upstream.
Youcan check all diagrams at kia company site registration is free.