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I just replaced my air compressor and got with it an expanstion valve and filter drier but cant locate filter drier on the car
The receiver drier is located on the passenger side in front of the a/c condenser between the condenser and the line that goes to the expansion valve. It is mounted directly to condenser.
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Whats the best solution for fixing a P2118 OBD code?
Hi there. The P2118 code is a general OBD-II diagnostic trouble code (DTC) that is referencing the throttle actuator control motor current / performance. This code may be seen with other throttle position sensor codes. P2101 is an OBD-II generic...
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Hey any idea what my cars issue can be? First it stalled when I tried to leave park didn't accelerate and break wouldn't move, cu
If there was smoke, that means there is a leak and/or the vehicle is overheating. Those problems should be resolved first, or at least ruled out, because regardless of engine operating condition if you operate the engine while it is...
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I have a rattling sound coming from my car front passenger side. It only happens at low speeds or when I let off of the gas
Hi there. What you are describing is typically an indication of loose suspension or steering components, ranging from struts, stabilizer bar bushings or even brake system components. Since there are multiple possible components causing this type of noise, it's a...
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Smoke from my rear left wheel.
Hi There, It sounds like you may have a brake caliper that may be sticking or potentially an emergency parking brake that may have malfunctioned when you last used it. It is fairly common for parking brakes to seize or...
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I have gray smoke coming out of my tailpipe but it's not heavy smoke and my car check engine light is orange​ my car shut off
You did not mention why the radiator was replaced but I think your engine was overheated causing the head gasket to go bad. This would cause the white smoke out of the tail pipe and an engine misfire and overheating...
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I have a Kia Optima 2016 and the code P200A came up what is it and is it serious?
Hi there. The code you listed is a Kia specific OBD-II trouble code that indicates an issue with the intake manifold, specifically 'bank one' of the intake manifold. Your engine on your Kia Optima is equipped with an intake manifold...
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My key won't turn in the ignition trying everything I can think of do I need a mechanic or a locksmith?
Hi there. You might want to have a professional mobile mechanic come to your location to complete a car is hard to start inspection before calling a locksmith, as in most cases a mechanic can inspect the mechanical components of...
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Kia Optima 2004 v6 LX new engine old transmission no problems before with transmission now my transmission is shifting a high rpm
Hi There, This may be an issue related to the communication of the PCM and the TCM (Transmission control module). As you may know, the TCM relies on the PCM to transmit information related to RPM's, which the TCM then...
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I have a 2016 Kia Optima and a gold/orange triangle with an exclamation mark in the center keeps coming up and staying lit on my d
The orange warning triangle typically has to do with a traction and/or stability control system fault. This warning is typically triggered by a fault in one of those systems. Anything from a wheel speed sensor to a brake light switch...
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Car stopped while driving.
If the problem only occurred once, it is likely due to an electrical fault. A real time scanner might reveal engine controls operating out of range and that might provides clues as to the faulty system or component. Check for...
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Steering column makes a clicking noise
Hello there. There are many possible reasons that the steering wheel may be making this sound. Your vehicle has an intermediate shaft that goes from the steering wheel to the rack and pinion assembly. This shaft has a u-joint on...
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control arms & ball joints
Control arms and ball joints are stout structural components on a vehicle and it would be exceptionally unusual to replace them on a 3 or 4 year old car unless the car was operated in highly unusual (severe) conditions, was...
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I accidentally broke the traction control
Traction control systems are designed to reduce wheel spin in slippery conditions. The system can apply braking to an individual wheel and also reduce engine power if braking alone does not work. The traction control system is part of the...
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what is size socket on the front caliper on 2004 kia optima lx
Hi there. On most Kia's the lower and upper caliper bolt is 14 mm. If you're attempting to complete the brake job yourself, I would highly recommend purchasing a repair and service manual for your 2004 Kia Optima.
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I have a Kia Optima and my car overheated and shut off on the interstate, replaced my started car will not start whats the problem
Hello, thank you for writing in. Overheating the engine is one of the fastest ways to ruin the car. Once the vehicle has overheated several other components beyond the cooling system fail, including potentially fatal damages to the engine. If...
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Can I get front struts for 2013 Kia optima 2.0 turbo somewhere other than dealership?
Front struts on this vehicle are only available from the dealer. Rear shocks are available as aftermarket parts but I recommend you buy the rear shocks from the dealer as well. Although this may seem disappointing, and the cost is...
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Kia Optima hesitates when in gear. Does not while in park. It has slowly became worse over the course of many months. It still dr
If the transmission is not faulty (e.g., clutches slipping) and thus the problem is engine related, among the possible causes of the hesitation are faults in the throttle position sensor, mass airflow sensor, vacuum leaks, a clogged fuel filter, defective...
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Does my 2009 Kia Optima require a hydraulic press for wheel bearing replacement?
Hello, to replaced your hub bearing will require a hydraulic press. If you'd like, a certified Your Mechanic Technician can come to your location to perform this. Please look at this web site for more information and service options....
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Humming noise
Hi There, A couple of different things could produce a humming noise and depending on the frequency of this noise and where on the vehicle it is coming from may determine what it could be. If it is something that...

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