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Kia Sportage Maintenance and Repair

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  • joaquin2joaquin2 Posts: 3
    97 Kia sportage. With 150 k, I knew it was gonna happen. Check engine off. will turn over but no start. Towed to start (m/t) will run but not idle. Kicker.. emulsified oil in pan. Does this spell the end or can it simply be a head gasket? Any input before I go in? Thanks
  • lmp4lmp4 Posts: 188
    THis problem is reported from time to time. It depends how it happened: did the engine overheat? Engines that have overheated seem to be prone to cam journals seizing...then it cna mean having to replace the head. IN other cases, a good head gasket job with possibly refacing the head has been a success in several reported cases.
  • joaquin2joaquin2 Posts: 3
    Thanks Imp4 for your response. I'm pulling the head tomorrow and we shall see. Using KGIS site which is a gold mine of info, but experience is invaluable. Thanks again
  • maxstermaxster Posts: 1
    Hi all. My sons sportage fails to start after driving sometimes. It takes quite a bit of cranking over at times to start. Don't want to burn out another starter. What a bi@#h to replace! No codes have come up and the dealer did a thorough diagnostic on it and came up with nothing since it didn't exhibit any of those conditions while at their shop. They did a fuel pressure check and that was fine. Could this be a cam positioning sensor problem? I know on my ford diesel when it acted up, it gave me the same headaches and no codes showed. Took me awhile to figure that one out. Thanks.... :confuse:
  • 2000 sportage. Going down the road it just shuts off. pull over and it will start back up. No problem. Any idea?
  • I am having electrical issues think we found short and fixed it now the air bag light is blinking on air bag under stearing wheel knee bag? i have a 2000 kia sportage. do i need to reset the light some how? have tried battery cables please help becky
    beckymcutchen@yahoo.com
  • after fixing electrical issues air bag light is blinking the bag under stearing wheel for knees i guess. can this be reset if so how have tried battery cable reset. please help becky beckymcutchen@yahoo.com
  • cujoe57cujoe57 Posts: 1
    I'm told the belt needs replaced and it will be over $2000. This seems high to me. How do I do it myself?
  • altaredaltared Posts: 12
    A friend of mine just had a timing belt on her 2002 Sportage go while on an expressway. She doesn't recall having de-clutched when that happened as she was primarily focused on getting to the shoulder. The timing belt was replaced and her vehicle seems to perform fine since then.

    But I am concerned there may be engine damage, particularly if this is an interference type engine rather than non-interference type, i.e. possible valve or piston damage. Does any one know if the 2002 Sportage has an interference or non-interference type engine?

    As well, is there substantial risk there could have been bearing, cylinder wall, or valve seal damage due to lack of lubrication? Clearly, not having lubrication even for a short time is not a good thing, it is not clear to me that 30 seconds or so of the engine being turned over would require damage to the extent of engine overhaul. Thoughts?
  • I also have a 2000 kia sportage that does the same thing however even at times it won't start its like my alarm system resets and won't allow the car to start or it activates and cuts the car off. does yours do the same thing?
  • I have a 2000 Kia Sportage and the power windows just stopped working. I have checked the fuse under the dash, by the way, a fuse that I have never seen before that looked like that, but it seems to be fine, not blown. Anything else I can look for or check to see if it solves the problem?
  • I have a 95 sportage with 63,000 miles I bought it 1 1/2 years ago with 39,000 done a few repairs but now my tail pipe fell off and it looks bad, all corroided and thick with black burnt stuff, I call junk yards to see if I could get a used one, but no one has kias any suggestion. Do you think I should change the catalytic converter. Thanks any info will help
  • The heater core in my Kia has made a deposit on the passenger side floor, I need some direction to replace the core. "IMP4" has suggested he/she has a simpler way to do the job than the manufacturers manual. (I have a manual on CD). Also I have plenty of time, a reasonable amount of repair ability but little money. Sherwood55
  • hi can anybody help my 1999 sportage loses power if i go over 4000 revs & fault light comes on . it will resart & drive but will only go over 4000 rev if not in gear
  • I have been troubleshooting the left rear window for three days now on my 02 sportage. I already replaced the the motor/regulator and expected it to run great but it is slow and will only go up if it wants and will not go down at all. I did a detailed inspection of the wiring all the way up to the firewall and the wires look good. Not sure what to look for on the switches...any ideas PLEASE help...PS how the hell can a manufacturer sell such a jacked up piece of equipment like this. I cant believe how cheaply built these little cars are. :mad:
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    The problem may be mechanical rather than electrical. It's possible the window track is misaligned, warped or otherwise defective.

    tidester, host
    SUVs and Smart Shopper
  • I've got a Kia Sportage 4wd when in 2wd sometimes from a dead stop when I accelerate there is a whining sound followed by a thump and it feels like you've gone over a pot hole with both front wheels. It doesn't happen all the time.

    What would cause this?
  • I am having promlems with my power windows i just got in my car yesterday and rowed them down, I tryed to row them up 5 min later and they would not go up. We have check all fuses they seem to be fine, we also checked the relay's all seem to be good. It is raining and windows are down, please let me know if you can help.
  • I am having promlems with my power windows i just got in my car yesterday and rowed them down, I tryed to row them up 5 min later and they would not go up. We have check all fuses they seem to be fine, we also checked the relay's all seem to be good. It is raining and windows are down, please let me know if you can help.
  • Don't know if this will help you but I had a similar problem with my 1999 kia sportage. I would find my passenger floor board with a puddle of water on it. My problem was the heater vent tube was clogged. I cleaned out tube and it no longer leaks.
    Good Luck
  • When I am driving at speeds above 45-50 the transmission will sometimes just downshift suddenly for no reason and get up over 4k rpm at times. I have done a transmission flush as well as seen if it read off any codes but the two shops couldnt find anything. I also noticed that it does it more often when it is cooler out rather than when it is hot out. I know this isnt normal and the shop just said drive it until the check engine light comes on. I am not sure if it is some kind of sensor problem or a serious transmission problem.

    I have replaced the tps sensor, new radiator, air flow sensor, temp sensor and sender, head gasket, thermostat, water pump, timing belt, and all of the other belts as well (just mentioning what i have changed in the past 9 months). Also, I cant find any sort of manual or cd for my sportage. I am in the bay area in california. Any suggestions would help s lot.

    Thanks
  • It is an automatic 4WD
  • The transmission on my sportage doesnt slip or jerk so I am thinking that it could be the Transmission Control Module or some other sensor? Has anyone else had problems with their auto tansmissions? Let me know!

    I just found an online manual so I have been reading through it.

    Thanks
  • I have a 2001 Kia Sportage 4x4 automatic and I had a issue where at low speeds or braking the car would lurch or feel like I went over a bump. It ended up being the front hubs. It would lock the hub then un-lock and cause the issue even though the car was not in 4 wheel drive. I took the spring and slider gear out of both hubs and the problem went away. I don't have 4x4 now but in the summer/fall I don't need it. I'm going to get manual hubs so this won't happen again.
  • I should rephrase my title, it is a problem with the automatic transmission not the 4 wheel drive. The problem happens between gears 3 and 4(overdrive). But thanks for your input.
  • My 98 Sportage stopped accelerating and died while on the road two days ago. Prior to that it had been shaking while stopped in traffic, less so when put in neutral (transmission is automatic). A friend found that there is no power to one of the fuel pump fuses and decreased power to the fuel pump itself. We tried replacing both of the relays but that did not help. We checked the other fuses near the relays (with the exception of the main) which we couldn't remove. They were getting power. The battery is adequately charged but on a previous occasion when I had the same shaking- when- stopped problem it resolved with a new battery and the car never just died. I am in no postion for an expensive repair. Any suggestions?
  • eatdseatds Posts: 1
    I own a 2000 sportage,maybe I'm just lucky,but it has 235,877 km on it and no major problems (yet)
    check engine light is probly the computers for engine,and trany not communicating the conections are probly iether dirty or loose,it is also factery set to the oil change interval,1000 miles or 1400 km,it should rest on it's own,if not disconnect the negative battery cable then reconnect after about 15 seconds.
  • Hello,
    I have a 2000 Kia Sportage that has started hesitating and the check engine light flashes. I took it to autozone and they told me it was multiple misfirings. But no further explanation. Should I have gotten the code numbers from them or does anyone out there know what it could be? I live in IL and would like to get this fixed before it gets too cold. :cry: Thank guys! :)
  • kevotkevot Posts: 1
    Hi I have an Sportage 2005 Diesel, and a few months ago I heard a noise under de car only when I drive slow speeds, specially after I change the gears. I went to the dealer and they told me that is a noise from inside the engine an they have to open it to know more about it. But that means an overhaul in a almost new car.... Somebody has the same problem?
  • I have a 2001 Kia sportage and my check engine light came on.... had it checked it was the cam position sensor....... I had that fixed, but car is still not working right. It is idling jerky and feels like it is going to die. I have code reader and it still says the cam sensor. Any one have any suggestions of what it could be.
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