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My 2002 kia spectra stalls really bad especially going up hill & when taking off.

Car stalls really bad doing take off & especially going uphill.

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SOURCE: 2007 Kia Spectra Stalling

Have the throttle body and the idle speed control valve cleaned, they get full of gunk and cause this concern.

Posted on Sep 09, 2008

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SOURCE: What is a knock sensor? And could this cause a car

A knock sensor is simply a microphone that is screwed into the engine block. It is there to listen for pinging or engine "knock" that is caused by poor fuel or extreme load. When the computer hears the knock, it retards timing, which in turn reduces the tendency for knocking, however, it will reduce power to a certain extent as well. It is possible that a faulty knock sensor can be telling the computer to ****** ignition timing too much, it is also possible that there is a mechanical problem within the engine that is mimicking the sound of knocking and retarding timing as well.

Posted on Mar 11, 2009

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SOURCE: spedometer and high rev problem : 2002 kia spectra

sounds like the electronic speedometer cable, look around the trans for any wiring that may have gotten burnt

Posted on May 07, 2009

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SOURCE: I have a 2002 Kia Sportage - idle slow when stopping at lights

Even though the fuel filter and pump are easy to replace, I would start with the IAC sensor first. It is easier to get to and is cheaper than the other two if you can find one at a wrecking yard (should be around $20). This sensor is the Idle Air Control sensor, and the computer decides how much throttle to give at idle from the readings of the sensor. If it is bad your car will idle poorly or not at all.

You can verify this two simple ways:

1. Disconnect the sensor completely and see if anything changes. If you get the same issue, then it's probably the sensor. If different then it could be fuel delivery.

2. With it all hooked up; try throttling the engine yourself at 1000-1200 rpm and see if it is smooth. If it is then it is probably the sensor. If not then could be the fuel delivery.

The sensor is under the silver and black, plastic KIA cover over the engine (4 small nuts to remove), and is center above the engine on the front side of the intake pipe.


The part looks like this:

If it seems to still be fuel delivery, the filter is (facing the engine from the front of the car) down to the left and toward the back attached to the fender well (Just to the right of and below the battery)

Posted on Jul 12, 2009

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SOURCE: kia spectra starter

It is attached to the bell housing on the drivers side. The starter is located in the back of the engine, under the intake manifold.

Posted on Aug 21, 2009

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