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Car is running fine then starts acting like it is not getting fuel or maybe air. It misses, sputters and has no power. You stop restart it and it runs fine again. I have replaced fuel and air filters. Sometimes will go hundreds of miles before repeating the issue.

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  • Anonymous Jan 23, 2009

    My 2004 Kia Spectra (61,000 miles) is having a similar problem. It seems to happen only after I've stopped at the gas station and filled the tank. It's fine until I get to my rural dirt road (about 12 miles from the gas station), then dies with no warning, usually when I'm making a turn (once while idling at the mailboxes). Starts up just fine and runs great the next day.

  • candmm Feb 06, 2009

    Mine does the same thing. I have noticed it more on days that it has rained but Kia checked and they said there is no leak in the gas cap or anything. They can never find a problem and of course I can't recreate it for them. Sometimes if I shut off the car and restart it, it will run fine and other days I just have to drive it for a while until it starts working again. Again, it can go hundreds of miles without a problem.

  • Anonymous Mar 21, 2014

    Starts& good sounds like iy may be pulling hard for air.runs good but after a while losses power and barely gos

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I had the same problem, but only when it rained. There was a crack in the ignition coil unit and the water was creating an arc. When I drove long enough to heat the engine and evaporate the water it would run fine. Strangely, though, I still had to stop and restart the engine. $150 bucks the replace the ignition coil, and now no problems (at least with that)

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Check the fuel sensor. Mine did the same thing and that was the cause. The fuel sensor is located under the air intake heading to the engine right after the air filter. It is screwed into the housing that the air filter housing sits on. I has leads(wires) coming out of it. Replacing one of those is not that hard and really not that expensive (Under 100$)

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