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My 98 kia sportage lost all power and stalled. The car will turn over strongly, but not start. I just replaced plugs and wires. Maybe a fuel pump issue? How can I tell?

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  • jgreen97 Oct 08, 2009

    The belts are in working order and the plugs are working. I'm guessing it's just not getting the fuel and not sure how to check if it is the relays or actual fuel pump.



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If it is turning over and sounds as if there is no resistance when turning over. Check the timing belt. If the timing belt fails the crankshaft turns but the cam does not turn. If the is not a peep hole to see the cam gear you can pull out a spark plug, keep wire away from you, and stick finger over hole where spark plug came from, then have some one crank the engine. Does the cranking force your finger out of the hole with force from compression? If not the timing belt is probably broken, the cranking should force your finger out of the hole with force indicating that the engine has compression. If your finger was forced out timing belt isn't the problem. Now you need to check for spark and if the engine is getting gas. To check for spark stick a screw driver in the spark plug wire and set it near a ground source but not touching ground. As someone cranks the engine over watch and see if you see spark jumping from the screw driver to ground you have spark. If you have spark your problem is gas, if you have no spark ignition is the problem. Depending on your mechanical ability you now have to decide if it is safe for you go on or take the car to a shop. If you would like to go on leave a comment for me and I'll get back to you. Just remember you must be careful with any other tests from this point on due to fire and damage to ignition system can occur if not very careful.

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