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Cyl 3 mis fire 2000 kia sportage

Cylinder 3 is misfiring and i already replaced the ignition coil and the wire harness that connects the coils together and i also hear a bit of clicking under the hood. what could that be? the spark plugs were changed not even 6 months ago. along with the oil. im just lost. thinking maybe it could of maybe skipped timing. when i first shift in every gear it stutters then picks up no problem. please help.

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  • navyseaman17 Dec 11, 2009

    cylinder 3 is misfiring and i already replaced the ignition coil and the wire harness that connects the coils together and i also hear a bit of clicking under the hood. what could that be? the spark plugs were changed not even 6 months ago. along with the oil. im just lost. thinking maybe it could of maybe skipped timing. when i first shift in every gear it stutters then picks up no problem. please help.

  • navyseaman17 Dec 12, 2009

    Is there a distributer in a 2000 kia sportage

  • navyseaman17 Dec 12, 2009

    what is the proper compression per cyl on this vehicle? om gonna do a compression test.

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I have a 2000 KIA Sportage 4x4 2.0 we thought we had a bad converter because it was glowing and wouldn't run. I replaced it but still same issues,so I replaced all coils ,harness for coils,plugs, wires boots, coolant sensor because code p1115 and both o2's code ho2s low voltage . All this helped starting runs ruff but better but converter still glows in the middle it was all glowing. Going to replace the crank sensor now someone told me to try this. Would love some info if anyone can help I'm usually able to fix things but this one is a tuff one if anyone knows please help.

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It may not be spark, but this can be tested.
I would start from the basics, because of the ticking noise.
You could get a compression test done, but if it does clear up at some point, it probably is fine.
You might have a failing injector. You can plug a "noid" light onto the injector harness to see if the injector is getting the "fire" signal, which will help diagnose. I have swapped injectors to see if the condition follows.

Posted on Dec 12, 2009

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    Douglas Hansen Dec 12, 2009

    You want at least 100 psi per cylinder, and remember to have the throttle plate open while doing this to allow air in.

  • Douglas Hansen
    Douglas Hansen Dec 12, 2009

    I do not believe they have a distributor, but there must be a reference, like a crank sensor, or a module. It's the clicking that has me wondering, thinking it may be valve train, or a spark snap?

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I assume,when you changed the coil out,the boot was replaced.So,even though the spark plugs where changed out,recently,replace the number 3 spark plug ,again,it can be a dud.Be sure to purchase the spark plug at a well know vintage auto parts,like carquest,or napa,.These newer auto parts sell what they call factory seconds,spark plugs that don`t meet,let`s say 50000 kv`s,,if they check out at 49000,they will be considered,seconds,and sold as that.One,to two ,spark plugs in about 6 vehicles will have problems,the rest go unnoticed,or simply hold up,under less requirements ,of the vehicle they are installed in.The ticking noise could be a lifter,and this could be the problem.Or a timing belt slapping,and about to go.If the timing belt,slips,or breaks,on this vehicle,it will bend a valve,and cost a lot of money to repair.So do have that checked.If you are able,have it replaced,if it has not been replaced in 60000 miles.I hope this was helpful,and if so,please let us know,thank you.

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    Ronny Bennett Sr. Dec 12, 2009

    No,there is not a distributor,it has a crank sensor,and a cam sensor,that take care of that,I meant to say earlier,That I assumed you changed the boot,with the coil.Spark plug,and boot,are the most likely cause for this problem.Now if that does not fix the problem,the injector could be at fault.Try a fuel additive,such as lucas,and a bottle of heet,for moister .The lucas will clean the injectors,and the heet will extract any water.Fuel contamination,can cause this also.Try the additives,you should see a difference in a mile or two of driving.Half or tank or less of fuel will work great,to keep the additives consentrated as much as possible.If this does not help,try the spark plug replacement on that cylinder.

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    Ronny Bennett Sr. Dec 12, 2009

    compression should be from,125 psi,to 150 psi,

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The clicking is prabably the misfire happening.

Did you remove the spark plugs. Its possible #3 has a crack in it.

If you can look at the engine in the dark you might be able to see the arching happening.

You would have more issues if it were a timing belt issue. As long as the belt was changed when it was suppose to be then don't worry about it.

Inspect # 3 plug and if it looks ok rotate it with another one to see if the misfire follows the plug.

Now if this isnt a plug issue you may have a bad fuel injector or a vacuum leak

You could spray sparingly around #3 area with brake clean to see if the rpm changes which would indicate a seal leaking. The injectors have seals also so be sure to spray around them

Or you could rotate the injectors to see if the misfire follows. This requires a bit more work but at least your not just throwing new parts at it.

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  • Ernset ( Skip ) Bouvette

    NO THERE IS NO CYLINDER

  • Ernset ( Skip ) Bouvette

    if you have compression. and you already replaced what you said then the only thing that can cause the misfire is what I already stated



    You do not have a distributor, You have an ignition module. They are expensive. If you don't know how to diagnose then its best left to a professional. You already spent money and it didnt fix it.

  • Ernset ( Skip ) Bouvette

    test # 3 and another one. If 3 is 15% lower then the other one then squirt a few drops of oil in 3 and test again. A burnt valve will test the same but if its a ring issue the compression should come up



    If the clicking really is the misfire then the compression should be ok and the problem is coil ,,wires ,,or a plg

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