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02 kia oil light came on oil was loww engine shut down will not start engine cranks but will not restart after putting oil in

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    Steve Allison May 11, 2010

    > engine shut down




    Did you shut it down or did it seize?
    If it seized, you could have expensive damage although the fact that it does crank is somewhat promising.


    There may be a reset procedure to clear the error memory in the computer but you would have to refer to the owner's guide or a service manual to determine how to do this. 

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Well if the engine cranks we know that it is not seized, yet you could have locked the cam shafts on the head by not having enough oil in which case you while the cam shaft got locke up this would have caused the timing belt to break and the vehicle sill not start so open the vlve cover and or the timing belt cover if you find the belt is broken you know that the Head of that engine needs work!!

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You have probably spun a rod bearing. These engines do not like running with low/no oil.

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