Question about 2002 Kia Rio
I've been having problems with the car overheating when I'm in stop and go traffic--as soon as I hit the highway the temp gauge goes back down and the car runs at normal temp. (Think traffic jams). Also, I've had problems with the car turning over. It growls like it's trying and then it fails, if I try a couple of times or I tap the gas it will turn over. UNTIL TODAY. Today I was turning a corner and the car just died. (I have gas---not a lot, but it's above E). It was getting hot and wanting to over heat and then just died. Now I can't even get it to start. Please give me an idea of what I"m looking at here. Unfurtunately I still have three payments on this car and it is my family's only car--selling or trading in is NOT an option at this time in our life.
Overheating in traffic and then running fine on the highway is a reasonable sign that the radiator fan is not working, it gets hot in traffic and the fan doesn't come on, then on the highway the forced air through the front grille will be sufficient to cool the radiator down.
The fan not running can be one of four things.
1. the fan it self dead.
2. The radiator thermal switch.
3. The relay for the radiator thermal switch.
4. The fuse blown.
The fact that it stalled when it was getting hot could be one of a number of things including the gasoline evaporating simply because it was getting hot.
The fact that you cannot start the car up now leads me to suggest you have an electrical problem that is common to both situations.
If I had to hazzard a guess I would suggest that whatever is stopping the radiator fan running has probably just knocked out your fuel pump.
You need some specialist diagnosis on this car, time to call the garage I am affraid.
Posted on Aug 08, 2008
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