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"electrical jumpin" when car is on

I have a Kia sportage 1999 I changed the spark plugs and wires, but days after that it started like having "electrical jumps" when on. but disappeared when running higher than 1000 RPM. I was told to change the two coils but problems remains

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  • jzapatarojas Jan 28, 2009

    thanks for caring. but I'm afraid my sparking plugs and wire are like inside the engine under a black rectangular cap.

  • jzapatarojas Jan 28, 2009

    thanks for caring. but I'm afraid my sparking plugs and wire are like inside the engine under a black rectangular cap.





    is there other way of checking

  • jzapatarojas Jan 28, 2009

    thanks for caring. but I'm afraid my sparking plugs and wire are like inside the engine under a black rectangular cap.





    is there other way of checking that?

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Try looking under the hood during evening hours. Put the car in gear but hold the brake down and rev the car slowly. While doing so have someone looking at the motor and wires to see if they can see the wires arching. Please be carefull and keep the emergency brake on also. I hope this helps.

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  • Frank Russo Jan 29, 2009

    You have to remove the plastic shroud to access the spark plugs and wires. That is the only way to tell if they are arching.

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