Well one thing is for sure. I have gone from complete noob to quite sufficient novice as a 1st gen Sportage tech. Outside of cam position sensor, exhaust, and head replacement, I have learned how to remove, test, replace and install (properly mind you) nearly everything in this vehicle.
I'm just feeling proud of myself right now. So please excuse my blabbing. I really am a humble guy.
A couple things:
The timing belt was completely snapped apart in one spot... Right at the water pump. The pump pulley was locked up so the belt went. One thing I can say and learned from that. When it comes to work like this, unless the mech gives you a warranty, be there when they install the pump and belt, because there's a good chance they won't do what you paid for. My mech is very reputable, experienced, knowledgeable, but doesn't like Kia. So when he (supposedly) replaced the timing belt last year. He either didn't change anything at all, or at the absolute very least did not replace the pump. Later I will post a pic of it at you'll see why I know this.
THIS ENGINE IS NON-INTERFERENCE 100%
. Sorry Ron and Baratacus, you guys are great and have been spot on in all the posts I have read, but I am sure you can understand that when there is conflicting info flying around, one should verify everything. The reason I was so unsettled about this info is that even the service manual pages on kiatechinfo.com also say that it is interference... Autozone and Napa also say the same. But, if you call
Kia, look at the engine yourself, or speak to those that REALLY know (ron1004, Baratacus, etc) you will get the real knowledge that it is non-interference.
Again I state... The 1998-2002 2.0L DOHC 16V 4 cylinder motor is a NON-INTERFERENCE motor.
And finally.... If you are a Napa fan and you have this car, please verify all fluid quantities and types, as well as parts with what Kia says. 4 out of 5 items checked on with Napa were the wrong item. Especially trans items and whether to use gasket, sealant or some combo of each.
The intake cam pulley I marking on my motor is stamped partly between two teeth (I'll post a pic tomorrow of this) so I had to flip a coin for which position to go with. You do have to hold the pulleys in place manually while fitting the belt, which is a pain in the a** if by yourself. Good thing I had help.
Everything went well with that. It really is simple when you have another pair of hands. The only issue now is that I didn't verify everything by starting with the belt cover off like recommended by another user here. Everything looked good checking alignment by hand, but I still have the same problem. No spark and no start.
I had to walk away at that point. So I have not rechecked compression or anything else. I will be pulling the valve cover to see if everything is moving as it should then if all is well I guess I'll be checking the cam position sensor and belt placement again.
I would like to say to Baratacus... This right here that you just read, now that is long winded.
It's late and my brain is unloading on to this posting.
I would love to hear what you guys have to say about all this. I've got tough skin so if I am wrong or missing something please be forward about what it is.