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Kia stopped running

Had the same problem, found timing belt broke and valves ran through pistons.

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that is an interference engine, so if it was running when it broke, chances are very good that the valves are bent, at least-in worst case situations, pistons can be damaged too, but I would have the head removed and have the valves redone-while off, the top of the engine can be checked out. Timing bests are supposed to be replaced every 60,000 miles.

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I have a 2001 Kia sportage, the dealer said it was a late model so he said it is a 2002. The timing belt broke and I can not get it to run smooth again.It will start but has no compression.

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the timing belt is not something easy to do if its your first time because If the timing belt broke that means the Valves are bent by the pistons going up and you will need to check the Valves on the head before you put in any new belt, If not then that car will never run. And I think you will need some help with that kind of job and right tools. Good luck bro

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take it in its alot of pissing around about the timing belt i wouldent recomend to do it yourself

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Timing belt broke at stop sign & car stopped.

First off, I hope that the timing belt is your only problem.  If it is, the timing belt will run about $62.  Labor will very from shop to shop.  If you call a local auto parts store they will be able to help you find a cheap repair dealer.  You can almost figure that labor will be about $80-100+ per hour.  I would also image that there will be a 2 hour minimum or something. 
The reason I said I hope that it is just your timing belt is that you have an interference engine.  This means that if your timing belt was to break, your piston would "interfere" with your valves inside your engine.  This could possibly cause you to need to purchase all new pistons, valves, pushrods, rocker arms, etc...Only a mechanic will be able to tell you what all you will need.
I'm sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but I wish you the best of luck and hope you will be able to get back on the road soon and back on your feet.  God Bless.
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sounds like a bent push rod or bad starter

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