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Kia Spectra Engine Issues



  • acm563acm563 Posts: 11
    For both this post and the one above(#125) did you get the timing belt changed at the recommended 60K? The reason I ask is that what you described is exactly what happened to me with my 2004 Kia Cinco. If that is the case then you have probably messed up the heads. IF you find this to be the case, THINK, before you automatically just say replace the heads, as they cost almost as much as a new engine so if you decide to go that route put in a new engine. That didnt occur to me until 4 hours after I authorized the heads, and they had already been ordered so the dealership told me they had to go with the original order.....:( My son has a 200 Spectra and he learned from my mistake and made sure he had the timing belt changed at 65K...thankfully we have a trusted mechanic and it cost $150 compared to $645 at dealer
  • have a 2003 kia spectra went to start it and it was making a squirting noise like something was pumping and sloshing out popped the hood and thought it was the radiator but it was coming from the back of the motor looked and oil was squirting out someone said it may be the sensor is this possible all oil is now on the ground didnt hear any knocking just squishing can anyone help
  • ok a friend came and checked seems the filter gasket was blown out so they replaced the oil filter it was driven a bit then in the morning it happened again we were thinking the friend didnt tighten the filter tight enough but im concerned there maybe an underlying problem what caused the first oil filter to blow out the friend said he spoke to another mechanic and they thought maybe the head gasket or cracked head but not too sure he even gave the right discription to the other mechanic. if it were a cracked head or a head gasket wouldnt there be signs of water in the oil? the oil that shot onto the motor was clearly oil and not gray any input would be great i keep thinking theres more to it than the oil filter bad
  • I just bought a 2002 kia spectra  that was blowed up I have never worked on a kia be for but in theprocess I'm looking for a motor I found a 2000 Kia Spectra1.8L motor I was told that I can't put a 2000 model 1.8L into the 2002 model kia spectra  and the blowed up motor is a 1.8L anyone know what the difference between the years of the motor is and why it wouldn't work
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 58,496
    It's the same TD8 engine, looks like...maybe they were referring to the electronics and legal issues. You can't legally "downgrade" a car by putting an older engine in a newer car, for emissions reasons--but presuming you can overcome that in your state, you'll have to use the ECM from the 2000 engine to run it in the 2002, and that means figuring out how to splice thee two harness together so that they work. Also you may run into various issues with connections, sensors or how accessories are mounted.

    Generally it's always a good idea to use the same year engine, unless you can rely on someone who has done the same swap you're contemplating, and who will share all the little tricks with you.

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