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2006 Kia Sputtering When Driving (Problem with Fuel Delivery??)

Seems to be no issue with transmission, but with fuel delivery. Will be driving along and all of a sudden the engine sputters, like it is not getting fuel. Does best when cold. And stop and go traffic is a nightmare. Yes, the check engine light is on, and flashes at times. But will go for miles on highway with no problem then, sputter, sputter, making me very wary to drive, but a person has to get to work. But money is so tight, I just can't spend $100's to have it hooked to a machine at the dealer to diagnose and then $100's more if it is like a fuel filter. I have been told the fuel filter and unit is in the gas tank, is this true? Please help, it was 8 degrees driving home tonight and I am so scared I am going to be left beside the road. Thanks!

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  • dcharvoz Dec 24, 2008

    same issue - stumbles during idle, hot or cold, stumbles when accelerating or crusing - no check engine light - dealer trying to figure out now

  • Krazykayak Jan 09, 2009

    I have a 2001 kia sportage and it has been doing the same thing for the past year and a half now. Its fine on the express way, but i am terrified of coming to a complete stop at a red light, it usually shakes like crazy and acts like im out of gas. I spent a couple hundred dollars on 2 tow trucks and a diagnostic computer check - they couldnt find anything specific, of course. The dealerships best guess was my fuel tank was flaking away on the inside, contaminating the gas (i had already had the fuel lines changed and a new filter put it, it didnt help), but the only way to look in the tank is to destroy it - and its $1000 dollars to replace because all the sensors are built in. So - I decided to try different additives, and what seems to work best is STP Dry gas, added to every tank! As soon as i dont put that in, the car starts shaking and stalling again...... it sounds stupid, but atleast now it only does it once or twice a month instead of every day!

  • capshawn Feb 03, 2009

    I have the same problem. My 2006 Kia Spectra drives fine then all of a sudden it jerks and it won't accelerate. When I took it to the dealer he found nothing wrong and said maybe it was a bad tank of gas. Two weeks later, car still jerks now and then and but now my check engine light is on. I hope what is wrong is covered under warrenty!

  • dcharvoz Feb 13, 2009

    Update since posting this problem back in December:

    Dealer could not figure it out and problem just 'went away'. Drove fine until last night - then same symptoms: stumbling, dying at stop or when start to accelerate. Mine is still under warranty and have free roadside assistance, so I was able to get home - called the service and had it towed to dealer. I called Kia - got a case no. Dealer is supposed to work with Kia to try to figure out. Not getting a Check Eng light though - so pretty sure they will be lost once again.

    One interesting note: I am pretty sure this problem reappears (4th time in past year) only after I have filled up the tank. I only go to Shell or Exxon - and put in higher octane, thinking it was a fuel issue as others have commented. Not this time - but wondering if it could have something to do with too much gas in the tank? Blocking a vent or something???



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Got car back from dealer. They could not diagnose but Kia tech support told them to check the fuel vapor cannister for fuel and sure enough had some fuel inside (should only be vapor going) into this canister) which indicated a bad purge control valve and/or canister close valve. So they replaced everyhting associated witht his fuel vapor recovery system (i think that's the correct term) and running far. Fortunately this was under warranty but sure it would be quite an expensivve repair.

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This is most likly a 02 sencer but no the filter is inline and if you would like to find out the check engine light autozone or advance auto can read the syatem for you for free and tell you what is happing

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