Question about Kia Sportage LX
Before you spend a dime on parts for that engine, you have to find out if it is a free running engine or intermittent. Meaning the valves will hit the pistons when the belt breaks. If you drove it more than two inches after it broke, It might be shot, You will have to take the rocker cover/s off to check the cam/s and see if they are ok, Get the cover off the front, You will need a tensioner , and belt, the belt should have marks on it to mate up with the cams and crank, The marks will only line up when the cams are in position, you will have to spin the engine by hand to TDC, then turn the cams over to their marks, then put the belt on, making sure they align, Pull the pin on the new tensioner, you will be all set. The marks have to align, if the engine didn't get damaged, go ahead and do the belt, but, if it was damaged, You will need a bunch of stuff, mainly a new engine. The pistons could be shot, the cams broken, valves bent, etc. Not worth fixing, you can buy an engine for less than that. I had an engine go 11 miles before the cam broke in 3 pieces. never heard a thing. Hope this helps.
Posted on Aug 29, 2010
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