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Motor warm up takes too long
If you are in an extreme cold climate then your engine will take longer to get to operating temperature if you get on the highway right away. If you before you leave your driveway hold your engine at 2000 rpms...
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Joining wire's in the engine
Hi there. One of the biggest problems with fire and the intense heat created by fire in the engine bay is the fact that most of the time, the wiring will melt in multiple areas. It's due to this fact...
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Engine stops and jerks while driving
Hi There, Your car has a small purge valve called a purge solenoid in the Evaporative Emissions system that controls the venting of fumes from the fuel tank as these fumes build up inside, particularly when you are refueling the...
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The steering wheel is hard to turn.
Hard steering can be caused by a number of issues. If the fluid leak was occurring for some time and the fluid level was constantly low, the power steering pump and steering rack could have suffered from lack of lubrication...
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Dies a few seconds after start
It sounds like you may have a dirty or failing idle air control valve. The idle air control valve monitors the air intake as it is mixed with fuel prior to being injected into the engine at low speeds and...
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My car was braking at odd times and hesitating others like the brakes were sticking. Finally the ABS and ECU lights came on. I too
Hello, thank you for writing in. Getting multiple opinions is the best option! There is a very strong chance that the issue with the transmission is related to the ABS system. With the fuse unplugged, and the computer looking for...
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Change interior lights and now it won't start.
Hi there. There is a short in the switch to the interior lights causing the fuse box to burn fuses and make the car not start up. If you need further assistance with your electrical system, then seek out a...
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How much is a tune up?
Hi there. First off, thanks for being proactive about your Kia's maintenance; that's very well received by a professional mechanic. Second, when your car hits 100,000 miles, there are a few items that should be completed; however, Kia recommends service...
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Car won't start
Hi there. It's very possible that either the ignition relay is damaged, or the starter itself may not be working. To know for certain, it's best to have a professional mobile mechanic complete a car is hard to start inspection....
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my 2011 kia Optima jumps when I put it on gear, either reverse or drive. after about a half-hour of driving if I come to a stop it.
Hi there. There seems to be something wrong with the Hybrid transmission on your vehicle. The transmission may have an internal part that is malfunctioning. I recommend seeking out a professional, such as one from Your Mechanic, to help you...
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If a repair shop tells me I need a timing belt kit for my 2002 Kia optima and after that replacement then they have to do a compre
The recommended replacement interval for your vehicles' timing belt is every 60,000 miles. A compression test is typically only done when there is an issue with the vehicle, and it is suspected that there is an engine issue. I don't...
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Cooling fan
Hi there. It is common for the raditator fan to keep running for about a minute or less after the engine is shut off; especially if the engine temperature is extremely hight. Typically when the fan keeps running after the...
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when i drive my car i fell it too heavy and when i lifted up i noticed the front right wheel not spin free like the left side
On the drive wheels, which are the front wheels in your case, there will be some resistance to turning because of the connection to the transaxle through the CV axles. If it takes a lot of force though to rotate...
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In this case - which parts should be changed first (CV axles ,wheel bearing ,calipers ) to solve the problem? 2009 Kia Optima
Hi - we need a bit more information to know how to prioritize these possible repairs. A roaring noise while driving would evidence wheel bearing issues. Pulling to one side or the other would indicate a brake caliper issue. Squealing,...
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Car overheating with smell
Based on what you are describing it would seem unlikely that this was a one-off incident. When a car engine overheats, there is definitely an underlying cause and, in your circumstance, that could be something going on with the water...
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I can't find the correct stereo wiring diagram . I have two gray cords and a pink cord that's not connected to anything .
Hello, thank you for writing in. Wiring diagrams for your vehicle should be relatively the same as other vehicle similar to yours. See if you can find one that matches for another model or year. If your stereo is lacking...
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Traction Control System
Hi Sean, I believe you are correct in that you may have a faulty wheel speed sensor at one of your wheels that may be dirty or not working properly. The traction control system monitors the steering and stability of...
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Is it worth getting a broken clutch repaired for $2,100 or should I buy another vehicle?
Hi there. I have a general rule of thumb when it comes to deciding whether or not to complete the repairs or move onto another vehicle. If the cost of your repairs is more than 50% of the overall value...
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why is my car shaking & raddle & why is my check engine light still on after i added oil
Hello, and thank you for writing in. Typically shaking is a sign of misfiring. Misfiring occurs when the air, fuel, or spark are being sent to the engine improperly. Since the check engine light is on, there is a strong...
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Humming sound while accelerating and decelerating. 2012 Kia Optima
Hi there - noises which get louder with increased road speed can be come from tires, or from worn wheel bearings. If there is any vibration felt through the steering wheel, or noises which increase when turning left or right...

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