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2003 kia spectra fuse box diagram

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where is the fuse box located on a 2003 kia spectra?

Posted on Nov 07, 2010

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I have a 2003 kia spectra 1.8 liter. The

I have a 2003 kia spectra 1.8 liter. The alternator isn't charging the battery but when I took it off and had it tested 3 times it passed every time. The belt is tight enough and I replaced the plug cause the clip was broke off it. Is there an alternator fuse or voltage regulator I need to check?

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Hi, there are 3 fuses the the alternator needs to charge the battery. These may be inside the car or in a box in the engine compartment. They are named IG1, ECU, and ALT. If you have trouble finding them, please get back to me.

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Posted on May 08, 2011

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what type of oil does my 2003 kia spectra take?

what type of oil does my 2003 kia spectra take?

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You can use 5W 30 (what the manual requests), but these other oils will also work well with that car. I have tried them all and have more than 200,000 miles on my 03 Kia Spectra. The car has no mechanical issues. . . 10W 30, 10W 40. I use 10W 40 in the summer. The trick is to frequently change oil regardless of type and not let the oil go more than about 4,000 miles without an oil and filter change. That is the key to long life for these small motors. If you do that you NEVER will need to flush the motor and I would recommend you never use a commercial motor flush product. If the engine oil gets so dirty you think a flush is needed, then instead use a quart of transmission fluid, drive it for two weeks or 200 miles, then change the oil.

Posted on Feb 10, 2011

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2007 kia spectra door locks

2007 kia spectra door locks on its own

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I had the same problem. Took it in & the shop replaced a relay in the drivers side door. This fixed the problem. They said this has happened to alot of these cars.
Kirk

Posted on Jan 15, 2009

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kia spectra timing belt alingment

kia spectra timing belt alingment

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For the lower pulley, check that timing mark on the pulley is aligned with timing mark on engine.

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heck that "I" mark on intake camshaft pulley is aligned with mark on cylinder head cover and "E" mark on exhaust camshaft pulley is aligned with mark on cylinder head cover.

Posted on Aug 22, 2009

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Changing the starter on a Kia Spectra

what is the easiest way to access the starter on a 2001 kia spectra and location of said starter, how many bolts?

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Here's step-by-step instructions on how to access, remove and re-install your alternator. Hope it helps! Have a great day!

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  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  3. Temporarily loosen the water pump pulley bolts, 1.6L (VIN 3) engine only.
  4. Remove the front air intake inlet pipe bolts, 1.8L engine only.
  5. Remove the top hose from the air intake inlet pipe, 1.8L engine only.
  6. Remove the air intake inlet pipe clamp and the pipe, 1.8L engine only.
  7. Remove the power steering pump, 2.0L engine only.
  8. Remove the power steering pump bracket, 2.0L engine only.
  9. Remove the alternator B terminal cover cap.
  10. Disconnect the alternator electrical connections.
  11. Loosen, but do not remove the alternator pivot bolt and the tensioner mounting bolt.
  12. Remove the drive belt(s); relieve tension on the belt by rotating the adjustment bolt.
  13. Remove the water pump pulley, 1.6L (VIN 3) engine only.
  14. Remove the power steering pump, 1.6L (VIN 3) engine only.
  15. Remove the power steering pump bracket, 1.6L (VIN 3) engine only.
  16. Remove the alternator tensioner mounting bolt and the belt tensioner.
  17. Remove the alternator pivot bolt.
  18. Loosen the bolt at the base of the adjusting bracket and rotate the bracket up.
  19. Remove the alternator. 0900c15280028419.jpgAlternator mounting—1.5L and 1.6L (VIN 5) engine shown 0900c1528002841a.jpgAlternator mounting—2.0L and 1.6L (VIN 3) engines shown 0900c1528002841b.jpgAlternator mounting—2.4L and 2.7L engine
To install:
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2. Install the alternator.
  3. Install the alternator pivot bolt and hand-tighten at this time.
  4. Rotate the adjusting bracket into position, place the belt tensioner into position. Hand-tighten the mounting bolt.
  5. Install the drive belt.
  6. Adjust the belt tension by rotating the adjustment bolt.
  7. The belt deflection for 1.5L, 1.6L (VIN 5), 2.4L and 2.7L engines, is as follows:
    1. New belt: 0.22-0.28 in. (5.5-7mm).
    2. Used belt: 0.24-0.28 in. (6-7mm).
  8. The belt deflection for 1.6L (VIN 3) engine is as follows :
    1. New belt: 0.13-0.15 in. (3.3-3.7mm).
    2. Used belt: 0.17-0.19 in. (4.2-4.7mm).
  9. The belt deflection for the 2.0L engine, is as follows:
    1. New belt: 0.22-0.31 in. (5.5-8mm).
    2. Used belt: 0.33-0.45 in. (8.5-11.5mm).
  10. The belt deflection for the 1.8L engine, is as follows:
    1. New belt: 0.23-0.31 in. (6-8mm).
    2. Used belt: 0.28-0.35 in. (7-9mm).
  11. Tighten the tensioner bolt to 14-19 ft. lbs. (19-26 Nm) and the pivot bolt to 28-38 ft. lbs. (38-51 Nm).
  12. Connect the alternator electrical connections.
  13. Install the alternator B terminal cover cap.
  14. Install the power steering pump and adjust the power steering belt tension, 2.0L and 1.6L (VIN 3) engines only.
  15. Install the water pump pulley, 2006 1.6L engine only.
  16. Install the air intake inlet pipe and fasten the clamp, 1.8L engine only.
  17. Install the top hose to the air intake inlet pipe, 1.8L engine only.
  18. Install the front air intake inlet pipe bolts, 1.8L engine only.
  19. Connect the negative battery cable.
 

Posted on Nov 23, 2008

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how do i change alternator belt 2003 kia spectra

how do i change alternator belt 2003 kia spectra

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1. Remove AC and P'S drive belt, it equipped.

2. Loosen generator mounting bolt and adjusting bolt.

3. Remove generator belt.

4. Install new generator belt and adjust to specification.

5. Tighten all bolts to specified torque.

Tightening torque mounting bolt: 27-38 Lb-ft (37- 52 N.m. 3.8 -5.3 kg-m)

Adjusting bolt: 14 - 18 Lb-ft (19 -26 N.m. 1.9 -2.6 kg-m)

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6. Install AC and P'S drive belt, if equipped. and adjust to specification.

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Posted on Dec 22, 2010

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Getting Error codes P0732, P0734, P1529

Getting Error codes P0732, P0734, P1529
Tachometer is stable and car is running fine but the speedometer intermittantly drops from 75mph to 30 mph after the car has been driven for 30 to 40 minuntes on the highway. I just purchased the vehicle and the check engine light came on after about 85 miles.
Thanks for your help
Rick

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Sounds like a dirty of faulty speed sensor. They can be removed and cleaned. Better off replacing. Do check the wires to the speed sensor. Trace wires from tranny to instrument cluster and make sure they are all in tact and clean.

Posted on May 14, 2010

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My 2003 Kia Spectra has Diagnostic codes: P1404 & P0444.?.?

My check engine light is on and when I went to Autozone to check the diagnostic codes it read P1404 & P0444. short explanation was P1404 manufacturer control Aux. emission controls. P0444 Evap emissions control system purge valve open. What does this mean and how do I correct the problems, and where are the problems located ?

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the purge valve i believe is located near your gas tank unless theyve moved it i should look like a little canister cyclinder shaped. both codes could be set off by the same problem. try replacing the valve.

Posted on May 05, 2009

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Where is location of knock sensor for kia spectra

Where is location of knock sensor for kia spectra 03

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The knock sensor is hidden by the intake manifold bracket which is on the firewall side offf the car.To get to it you have to jack the car up and support it.with jack stands .always disconnect the battery when working with electrical peices.The knock sensor will be under the intake manifold bracket which is to the left of the alternator.To remove it remove the bracket, disconnect the plug to the sensor, remove the retaining bolt and then remove the sensor.I hope this helps finding it and replacing it.

Posted on Feb 03, 2011

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