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coolant coming out of radiator cap.
Hello. If the engine is overheating then there can be a number of things going on. I usually test the radiator cap, the thermostat, and the cooling fans. Any of these can fail and cause this. If these have been...
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Misfire
The valve cover should be checked first to see if it is leaking oil into the spark plug tubes in the head. The leaking oil that's getting onto the spark plug wire and plug can cause it to arch to...
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Car not accelerating - 2007 Kia Spectra
Hi. This sounds like you have a bad throttle position sensor or idle air control valve is going bad. Both of these sensors can cause the car to stall at low speeds and have trouble accelerating. These sensor help read...
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Running rich, won't start when hot
You most likely have a leaking fuel injector or purge control valve. Check the purge control valve to see if it is not sealing when it is off and letting gas fumes into the intake and flooding the engine with...
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I installed a new radio yesterday and now my car won't start.
Hi there. The black wire behind the dash is your ground wire, which should have been connected to a bolt or screw that contacts the bare metal of the car's chassis. If this is not connected, the stereo will not...
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Car won't stay started - 2006 Kia Spectra
Hello. This may be caused by a failing voltage regulator. As you know, this is a unit that monitors and regulates the alternator charging of the battery. When this is not working properly, it may overcharge or undercharge your battery...
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my car cranks but won't turnover
By your list, you have replaced parts relating to both fuel and spark. If you're still not getting fuel and spark, then there may be an electronic failure elsewhere in the system. It could be the ECU (Engine Control Unit),...
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Clutch goes to floor and now car dies when putting it in hear
I'm going to assume your car dies because when you manage to get it into gear, you can't feather the clutch to get going. This would be normal in this situation. The reason your clutch is acting the way...
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Brake grinding
Hi there: Although grinding noises while braking are often associated with worn brake pads, another common issue has to do with worn out wheel bearings. This is caused by excess heat that has built up inside the wheel bearing and...
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Need to pass smog check
Hi, thanks for writing in. This is likely an issue related to the catalytic converter which may be the converter itself or the O2 sensor which is a sensor that monitors the productivity of the converter as it converts toxic...
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Overheats - 2008 Kia Spectra
Hello. The symptoms you are describing are commonly caused by air in the cooling system or a malfunctioning fan. If the system is properly filled and bled, then I would check the radiator fan switch or temperature sensor and fans....
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Why does my car shake when I proceed to stop?
It sounds like you have an idle speed problem. It could be a misfire that is only evident when your motor comes to an idle. This could be due to the need for a tune up or an injector problem....
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Ny xar ia a 2003 kia spectra wuth 178,000 moles on it. The ch
Hi there. Since the Check Engine Light is coming on I would start by checking the computer for codes. Any codes can assist with diagnosing the vehicle. If there are not any codes then I will usually monitor the sensor...
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I hear a water sloshing sound when I start and when I stop the car
Hi there. Getting a second opinion is always advisable when it comes to working on your vehicle. The sloshing sound you hear, when your vehicle starts, most likely is air trapped in the heater core. The solution to this problem...
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Car made a weird roaring sound this morning when driving at low speeds in light rain.
I would recommend having your suspension checked thoroughly to determine if you have any play in your tie rods, ball joints, wheel bearings, control arms, etc. This could be the reason that the vehicle jerks as well. As for...
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The VVT solenoid
Hello. It may be possible to access the solenoid from within the motor, however that would require disassembly of the engine, or at least the valve train. You may be able to access it by removing the valve cover. Regards,...
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Car got heated up. Need to know if required any parts to be changed? 2003 Kia Spectra
Hello - your description of the coolant ("rusty water") suggests that the cooling system has not been well maintained. Rust and debris of any kind in the cooling system indicates corrosion and poor cooling efficiency. I would recommend flushing the...
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Possible transmission issue?
HI. This does sound like a transmission problem and there are things you try before replacing the transmission. The first thing you could do is flush the transmission fluid and a transmission additive that helps with poor shifting. This may...
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When I went to change the timing belt there were 25 teeth were missing but it didn't jump time - how is this possible?
Not all the teeth need to be present in order for the pulleys to turn. However, the only way to tell if the cam and crankshaft were really in the right position relative to one another is to line them...
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He wanted $2900, he came down to $2400. Is it a good deal? Is there anything wrong with this year if Kia cars?
When purchasing a vehicle, you want to do a research on the vehicles in that general area and see what the main maintenance problems that the vehicles have. If the seller drops 500 off of the price, then the vehicle...

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