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it could be a thermostat or the head gasket is starting to go bad. when driving the motor gets hotter and compression gasses are created faster then when idling or stopped. if it was a rad cooling fan it would be worse when idling or stopped then driving as air flow over the rad would help cool the coolant.

2005 Kia Spectra | Answered on Sep 09, 2015

Your probably going to need an expensive scan tool to figure this out. I am going to guess that one of your door switches is starting to fail. When the problem is present it will be fairly easy to review the door sensor state (open/closed) for each door with all the doors closed. If one shows open that that door will need to be checked.

The dealer or any good independent repair shop will be able to help you with this. There will likely be a fee involved for this service.

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2005 Kia Spectra | Answered on Aug 21, 2015

if the hazard lights work all of them then the bulbs are good. it may just be a bad signal unit on that half of the side of the unit. replace unit.

2005 Kia Spectra | Answered on Jun 15, 2015

must be an internal gear problem take to a KIA dealer as they will probably know of a fault

2005 Kia Spectra | Answered on Jun 01, 2015

Take to dealer to investigate hidden damage to sensor, etc.

2005 Kia Spectra | Answered on May 29, 2015

Go to www.kiatechinfo.com, make an account for free and you can access all the information the factory techs use.

But you should have the obd codes scanned to see what the issue is and you should know that when the light flashes you should not drive it because it can damage the engine.

2005 Kia Spectra | Answered on May 10, 2015

Hi Kevin
5w20 motor oil is recommended for our Ford Escape year round. I couldn't imagine why it wouldn't work for you. 10w30 would also be a good choice. Check the link to the forum below.

Hope this helps.

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2005 Kia Spectra | Answered on Apr 22, 2015

Best advice is to obtain a Chilton/Haynes repair manual that covers your make/model/year. None of mine cover your year. But our 1995 Sephia has a dodgey instrument cluster that simply dies every now and again. In every instance, we found a blown fuse in the Meter Position on the fuse panel. You may well have a fuse that is failing.

2005 Kia Spectra | Answered on Apr 14, 2015

P0138 KIA HO2S12 Circuit High Voltage

check the plug to the o2 sensor first

reset the code and see if same code comes back

don't assume it's the part; check wiring as well as considering buying the new o2 sensor

free rental tool to help you install this as well from your local auto parts store

2005 Kia Spectra | Answered on Apr 01, 2015

Auto parts store may help if you buy replacement pump.
They will probably only have a generic. and you will need to change wireing and tubeing connections. Otherwise, see repair manual.

2005 Kia Spectra | Answered on Feb 28, 2015

The intake and exhaust valves are generally totally different and normally not even the same size. Put the wrong valves in and they won't seat properly which would definitely kill compression. Lifters as long as they are of the exact same dimensions are generally not as big of an issue. If they are different lengths though you could end up with one set of valves that never open with others that never close. Get the timing off as the other poster mentioned and you could have an impact between the cylinder and the valves at which point you could end up replacing the block and heads. Getting the timing teeth perfectly aligned is critical on modern high precision engines.

2005 Kia Spectra | Answered on Feb 09, 2015

You will likely need to replace the oxygen sensor. There are two different sensors so knowing which one you need when you go to the auto parts store is important. I think I had the same fault as yours and the new sensor cost around $100. Auto parts store also loaned me the wrench (deposit required) to remove and replace. Once new sensor is in you will need to drive at highway speeds for ~10-20 minutes for everything to reset correctly.

2005 Kia Spectra | Answered on Dec 24, 2014

My Kia had this exact same issue. Got pulled over at least 3 times before I was able to fully fix it. The fix was to correct the metal socket where the lamp plugs in. The center tab was bent down too far so it wasn't providing the necessary pressure on the bottom of the bulb. By bending it up a little bit, I was able to fix it for good. You can verify that this will work in your case just by wiggling the bulb. When it is having this issue the bulb will be fairly loose in the socket and will work only intermittently. Bend tab up and reinsert bulb and it will be nice and tight!

2005 Kia Spectra | Answered on Dec 24, 2014

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