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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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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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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

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rob

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

For kiatechinfo.com 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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Good source for Kia its free to register NO STRINGS

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go back to the dealer and claim a defective part.

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SOURCE: turn off check engine light on 2004 KIA Sorento

If the computer doesn't detect any further issues during it's next several test cycles, the light should turn off. A test cycle may not be performed unless all the conditions it requires are met (been running for a certain period of time, engine temp, etc). On some cases, can take a week or two to turn off. Otherwise you can get an OBD-II scanner and manually turn off the light if you don't want to go to the dealer

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