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I have a 2002 Kia Spectra. Aug 2008, my engine check light came on and my car would surge, or the RPM's would increase, at stop lights. Kia dealer replaced a sensor which was not covered by Power train warranty. Yesterday, it started doing the same thing and engine light is on. I saw on website there have been many issues of this same sort. How does one really know which sensor needs to be fixed to correct the problem? I noticed that one person themselves replaced the coolant Temp sensor and it seems to be working now. I was, today, going to have Autozone check my codes, which they'll do for free. And I was going to take car to dealer Monday; I'm really broke and I don't want to get into a lot of repairs and this seems to be a commmon problemm among Kias. I love my Kia; any suggestions?

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Take the car to auto zone and get all the fault codes recorded
that is the first step in saving money as it is free
next find an accredited service center that has experience on your make of car and show them the fault codes to get fixed and only what needs fixing
pay for nothing else

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SOURCE: 2004 Kia Rio Cinco problems


If the check engine light is going on and off then it is very highly likely pointing to a misfire, and this could be due to any number of things, and your best bet by far is to have a code read done as this will give you information as to the cause of the problem, if not point you directly at the problem itself.

It could be coil packs, spark plugs, injectors, crank sensor, cam sensor, any number of things.



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SOURCE: electric sensor for transmission kia dealer says kia won't fix or repair??

This could be a timing belt as well. have they looked at that as possibility. Sometimes the belt just jumps teeth causing it to still run just not correct.

Please reference the below as well as post reply if this doesn't help

rob will get you all the information you need when working on a kia 2nd only to a chiltons or haynes manual.

For register (its free) then select the information for your car make model engine. Then either do a search for timing belt or pick from proper items in cloumn to the left.

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SOURCE: 2000 Kia Spectra

Good source for Kia its free to register NO STRINGS

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SOURCE: I have to replace my water pump on my 03 Kia

go back to the dealer and claim a defective part.

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SOURCE: Kia Sportage 93171K

evap purge valve fault is your p0443
p1693 is manu. controlled aux input output fault
p1693 is a code for an open or short to ground for the check engine light
does it light up when key is on? if so then it is a left over code from some previous repair attemt
the evap code wont prevent starting
check for broken timing belt
check for fuel in tank and that it has proper fuel pressure

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