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2003 kia rio car die

Immediately after it happened it did crank , as if turning on normally, although it sounded different from a normal crank. After about 10 more times trying to crank it just makes a thump sound now as if something is locked up.

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  • jay_carr1969 Mar 28, 2009

    my kia rio stopped moving and died on the side of the highway - they told me it would be about $1700 to fix the head and pistons and when all was said and done it cost me $6100 to have it fixed but it still leaks oil or burns oil as I can not find leak marks on the ground.....any ideas on how to fix this as the Canadian Tire I took it too will not stand behind the work they did.

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Sounds like a timing belt issue. Pull the spark plugs and check for damage. This engine is an interference engine which means there probably will be head and piston damage. A used engine will be about $1400 or so. If you can do the work the wrecking yards will be the best place to find a replacement head and pistons. Obviously you want to buy new gaskets.

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