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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: Engine dies / cuts out when cold
Check the coolant temperature sensor. It is situated in the inlet manifold at the back of the engine bay. This basically acts like an automatic choke and tells the ECU to increase fuel mixture when the engine is cold. I replaced many many of these to Renaults, Peugeots and Citroens for this exact fault.
Posted on Apr 08, 2009
SOURCE: front end shaking
I had the same problem on a 2003 Kia Sedona where the front end would vibrate excessively while accerating at freeway speeds. Over time it got worse and was noticable at lower and lower speeds and while just maintaining speed, but went away when I took my foot off the gas.
It turned out to be the inner CV joint on the passenger side. You can check for this by grabbing the inner and outer half axels with large vice grips or slip-joint pilers and turning them in opposite directions while listening for crunching or "loose parts" noises.
The CV is sold with the axle so I just bought the outer half axle for $80 (which has the inner and outer CV joints attached) and replaced it. If you do it yourself, make sure you have a ball spline fork, a hub puller tool, and a big torque wrench for putting the bearing assembly back on. You can rent these at AutoZone.
The bad CV joint also caused the bearing to go bad. It had burn marks and made a grinding noise while turning. It was very hard to get out, so I had to take the assembly to a machine shop to have it taken out and the new one put in. $35 for bearing and $30 for machine shop work.
After repair, I took an 800 mile road trip that weekend with no problems other than barely noticable vibration from the driver side at 70+ mph. I figure vibration was so bad pre-repair that it messed up something on the other side as well, so I'll check out the driver side bearing and CV when I get a chance.
Posted on May 05, 2009
remove the belt and spin all of the pulleys by hand to make sure they all spin freely. the knocking noise is probebly a pulley locked up.
Posted on May 11, 2009
did you replace the fuel pump? if so was it an OEM or aftermarket pump, This happened to me on my van when I thought I would save a few dollars by using an aftermarket pump. I am not sure if your plenum has a test shrater valve. The plenum is what the injectors connect to that feed fuel to them. on this it normally has a valve like a bicycle valve this is where you connect a tester to check the fuel pressure. this is normally 6-8 psi on my car. yours maybe different. If the car is on this pressure should not drop.
Posted on May 25, 2009
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