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Kia spectra wont start

I have a 2003 kia spectra. It will not start The lights and radio work. what could it be??

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  • nicoled81 Jan 07, 2009

    I have the exact same problem, but if I find the answer, I'll post it...

  • DolbyC Jan 26, 2009

    I have the same problem also. It got very cold here (-40ish) and it has not started ever since. I put it inside of my garage, heated it to above freezing (suspected frozen gas line) and still wouldn't start. Did a number of basic checks and seem to have it narrowed down to the timing being a bit off.

    Solved problem today - purchased a Toyota.

  • DolbyC May 11, 2010

    Thanks Tony,

    Battery is fine, starter is fine, lots of fuel pressure, spark is there. Going to purchase a Haynes to change the timing belt (Should be done anyhow) and a code reader to ensure that there are no bad sensors (Crank or Cam). When it "tries" to start it backfires a bit. Cranks fine though, just won't start.

  • Ace Niyigena Apr 25, 2013

    i have the same problem

  • Ace Niyigena Apr 25, 2013

    i have the same problem, i know it is not the bateries, it fiils like its been burning oil, i checked my oil and found nothing in the engine. I tried putting in a couple 40w but it still didnt start.

  • Anonymous Mar 13, 2014

    kia spectra clock and rear stop light

  • Anonymous Mar 17, 2014

    my car wont go in reverse


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It is probably the starter assuming the engine isnt locked up. I would check to see if you have battery voltage at the starters solenoid wire with the key in the start position if you do i would check the fuses and starter relay

Posted on Feb 01, 2009

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SOURCE: wont start once it has been driven Kia spectra

need to do a computer test to retrieve codes to do proper repair, could be fuel pump problem but not sure

Posted on Feb 06, 2010

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