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My 2002kia optima stays in third gear and runs 3000rpm how do i fix the problem

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Sounds like the car is in "limp in mode". If a major sensor goes out or the computer senses a reoccurring problem for too long, it send the car into "limp in mode".
Lose of power, low speed (usually not over 50-55mph) horrible gas mileage, and inability to shift gears.

Posted on Dec 31, 2012

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  • enrique gonzales Dec 31, 2012

    Thanks how do i fix it ?

  • Jeremy Roeseler Dec 31, 2012

    you need to find a check engine code, transmission code, something to give you a starting point. other wise you're just gonna throw parts at it and waist A LOT of $

  • enrique gonzales Dec 31, 2012

    Ok that helps thanks so if i disconnect the batt. will that help any

  • Jeremy Roeseler Dec 31, 2012

    many for about 15 min till the computer realizes nothing has been fixed. if you get codes read let me know. will be happy to help. go to any of you major part stores they will check codes for free. just DO NOT buy any parts they tell you you need. most of the time you need a part "up stream" from what your code is.



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SOURCE: fuel filter location on 2002kia

Most likely above rear axle on passenger side/ if not just follow fuel line

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