This could be highly likely. The Kia motors are "interference engines", basically means there is no clearance between the top of the piston and the head (valves,spark plugs etc) when piston is at top dead centre. So if a valve has dropped, usually the valve head breaks off and the valve stem remains in sleeve.This little piece of steel bouncing around inside the cylinder can do major damage to the bore and the piston (alloy), also the other 3 valves in that cylinder and the head. If the motor seized as a result then there could also be damage to other parts of the engine as well, eg crankshaft, bearings etc. Sorry about that !!
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Re: have a 2001 kia rio am told it
Pull the valve cover off and look for your self, is it running?you prob need too get a second oppinion
it could be as little as just replacing the valve or a whole head too an engine or maby thats not even the problem what did the car do?
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(Tools that I needed. 14mm socket for mounting bolts, 13 mm socket and a drop light. You need to jack up the front end pretty high both sides and put jack stands under each side. (extra precaution I put wood under the wheels because I don't like getting crushed. Slide under your car (bring a drop light) Look up and see your oil filter. Now look left and you will see the starter motor (oh yeah there is a pain in the as s bracket in the way) remove that bracket (14mm should be right) and then remove the bottom bolt of the starter (you may need a long socket extension here 8"?) The next set of bolts you have to get from up above that come from the other side. Get your light in there the one on the left side is easiest so get that last. The one on the right side will have a wiring harness running really close to it. Force your 14mm socket onto it with a 4 in extension. Back the bolt off till it spins a free but leave it in the hole. Remove the second one until you hear the unit fall. When putting the two bolts from the other side in, don't reef on them to get them super tight. Save your core so you can get some money back. Good repair manuel will cost 20 bucks, Haynes auto repair at your local auto parts store. good luck
you can remove your instrument cluster and remove the bulb or have the problem solved by hooking it into a diagnostic scanner; this scan may run around 50 - 75 dollars depending upon who scans it; dealerships run higher... this cost does not include repair of the problem
yes, this is VERY IMPORTANT, this is an interference engine, meaning the valves and the piston cannot be in the same place at the same time,or it will bend the valves.then you are looking at a major repair job,think or it as insurance on your engine. please rate my fix as i strive to be the best,questions,get back to me