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1996 KIA starts and runs for 5 seconds and won't restart.

1996 KIA sportage.I changed the plugs and plug wires. I installed a new fuel pump relay in the eng. compartment. Installed a new air filter. I checked the timing belt, it looks brand new. The only electrical reading I get is low and I think it's for the fuel gauge. I don't get 12 volts for the fuel pump. I don't have a wire diagram to tell me what the electrical readings should be. I did check the fuel pump fuse, it's good. I pulled the fuel pump and touched it with 12 volts, the pump ran but I didn't have it in fuel to insure it was moving fuel. Help please!!

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  • papatemp May 20, 2009

    I disconnected the fuel line upstream of the fuel filter and when I turn the engine over fuel comes out the top of the fuel filter. you asked if I had spark, if I didn't have spark would the car start? The engine ran for about 10 to 20 seconds after I connected the fuel line back on the filter and started the car. The filter was changed 8 months ago. The check engine light didn't come on.

  • papatemp May 20, 2009

    we did pump the gas but it wouldn't stay running. After it stopped it would not start again. It seems that it has to set for awhile and then it will start and run for a short time. It will not run or have power to put the car in gear and move the car forward or in reverse. I'm afraid to keep running the starter but when I do keep turing the car over and over it acts like it's going to fire but it never dose. It sure seems like it's not getting fuel that is required.

  • papatemp May 21, 2009

    I removed and replaced the crankshaft position sensor (CPS) no luck! The car starts, runs for a few seconds, shakes and stops. After an hour or so the car will start and go thru the same thing. If I try to start it without letting it set for awhile and pump the gas pedal as hard as I can, it acts like it is trying to start but won't. Another wasted $65.00 and some skinned knuckles.

  • papatemp May 24, 2009

    Where are the distributor and rotor located? How much of the car do I have to tear apart? I don't see it anywhere on my engine.

  • papatemp May 27, 2009

    The parts store said they don't show a distributor cap, my car has elec. ignition. I do have 2 elec pick ups on the plug wires. Where can I get an electric wiring diagram of the fuel system? One thing I read said that a fuel pump relay is located under the glove box. I found the relay but there are two of them. Neither of them have any designation on the relay. I also found a fuel pump relay in the engine compartment. The fuel pump fuse checks ok! How much pressure should the pump put out and is there a fuel pump pressure sensor somewhere in the fuel system?

  • papatemp Jun 04, 2009

    You gave me no usable information on my KIA problem. My car doesn't even have the parts that you said could be bad. The wasted parts and money didn't relate to the final fix.



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Ok, I have a couple of questions that will help me get the correct answer to you:

  1. I can't read all of your heading but I assume that you meant the car runs for 5 seconds and then will shut off.  Is that correct?
  2. You changed the plugs and wires but did you check to make sure that you have spark from them?
  3. Have you changed your fuel filter?  One way to tell if the fuel pump is working is by disconnecting a fuel line and then trying to turn the car over to see if any fuel comes out.  One place to do that is just before or after the fuel filter.
  4. Have you received any check engine lights?
If you can help me out with these questions I think we can get this worked out for you.  Thanks for your help and thanks for using FixYa!

Posted on May 19, 2009

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    Keith Heavilin May 20, 2009

    Ok, sorry for the delay but I have one more question.  You said that it ran for about 20 seconds when you reconnected the fuel line, but did you try to push the gas pedal and keep it running or does it shut off even if you push the gas pedal.  Sorry, I'm just trying to narrow this down for you.

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    Keith Heavilin May 20, 2009

    The reason that I'm asking whether you can keep it running when pushing the gas is because if you can then you probably have a problem with your IAC valve (idle air control valve).  I think it is obvious that this is a fuel problem and if you can pump the gas and keep it running then I think we've got our culprit with the IAC which is a pretty easy fix.  Let me know.  Thanks.

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    Keith Heavilin May 20, 2009

    Sorry that it took me a while to get back with you but I'm having to go pretty deep to find the answer for this one.  I'm trying to find something that has to do with the fuel because typically if it is electric or vaccum the car will throw and error code.  That being said, I think that I may have found the problem.  Since, it is obviously not the IAC the only thing left would be the fuel injectors or CPS.  But again, since when you hit the gas it won't keep running I feel like it is not the fuel injector.  I think it is the CPS because often the Crankshaft Position Sensor will not throw an error code when it is malfunctioning and since it is used for a reference signal to trigger the ignition and fuel injection systems the two of these together lead me to believe that this is where our problem lies.  

    I am sorry that it has taken so long to get to this point but I believe that replacing your Crankshaft Position Sensor will solve the problems that you are having with you Kia Sportage.  I appreciate you letting me help you solve this problem and obviously I ask that if you have any more questions please feel free to get back with me.  Thank you for an honest rating and for using FixYa!  Have a great evening!

  • Keith Heavilin
    Keith Heavilin May 20, 2009

    I just wanted to let you know that the CPS runs about $60 at AutoZone and you can go here to find the location:



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    Keith Heavilin May 21, 2009

    Sorry about the busted knuckles there and I'm sure that your parts store will take the part back if you would like to take it back off and reinstall the old one.  Anyway, I've check with some buddies to see if I could help you figure this out and the only other thing that we could come up with was the distributor cap and ignition rotor button inside of it.  If you have a small crack in the distributor it can keep you from getting a good spark all the time which would lead to it starting and then stopping and also makes sense that pushing the gas doesn't help.  With the ignition rotor button, it could be just fouled a little and again doesn't get a good spark all the time.  I really hope this works for you because I know that you and your knuckles have to be getting tired of this.  The problem with issues like this is that it can be so many different things and you have to start with the most common problem and work forward from there.  Let me know the outcome one way or another.  Thanks, Keith.

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    Keith Heavilin May 24, 2009

    The distributor cap is what the other end of the spark plug wires plug into and the rotor ignition button is  the thing that sits just under the cap and it spins around.  I'm attaching a link to the fourth picture down is probably what your distributor cap looks like and the rotor will look something like the seventh or eighth one down.  These should be relatively easy to get to and are relatively inexpensive.  There are probably four screws holding the cap on and should be one small screw holding the rotor on.  If you have trouble finding these on your vehicle you can upload a couple of pictures of your engine compartment and I can point them out to you.  Like I said before, even a small fracture in the distributor cap or fouling of the rotor can cause problems.  It's not normal for this to happen but they have both happened to my old Honda Civic.  Let me know if you have any other questions.  Thanks, Keith.

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    Keith Heavilin May 27, 2009

    As far as a wiring diagram for you specific vehicle you can go to this website and get one for $4
    I am working on finding you a free one and hopefully will have it before the night is over.

    As far as how much fuel pressure, for your 1996 Kia Sportgage you should have 42 psi and you can test it with a fuel pressure gauge.  Here is a good tutorial on how to do this:

    Your last question about a fuel pressure sensor, you have a fuel injector pressure regulator but no actual sensor.  I believe you can "borrow" the fuel pressure gauge from AutoZone and I would start with that before you look at changing the fuel injector pressure regulator as that runs around $70.  I will continue to look for a free wiring diagram.  In the meantime let me know if you have any further questions.  Thanks, Keith.

  • Keith Heavilin
    Keith Heavilin May 27, 2009

    Ok, so I checked around and I was told that this website has your wiring diagram for free.  You have to create a login but you can get the diagram.

     Let me know what else I can help you with.  Thanks, Keith.



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