2002 Sportage Upper Ball Joint Bolts
I recently acquired a Kia 2002 sportage 5spd manual 4cyl 4x4 and I love the little beast and have been fixing it up from the previous owner who let it slip into disrepair.
I need to find the upper ball joint bolts and have been told by my mechanic that they are specialized. I've tried to contact my nearest dealer 50miles away over the phone and they have no clue what I am talking about. The upper ball joint is held in place like a wishbone with the 2 bolts and my mechanic refuses to work on them without replacement bolts because he says there is a good chance of ruining them on removal. If someone has a source online where I can get these I would be grateful.
So far I have fixed rear brakes,( pads separated and were causing probs,rear drums,rear shocks) put on 4 new tires, purchased 2 new coils for the rear as one is broke and got a new brake line cable seeing as mine doesnt work/broke/snapped. They can be installed same time as the upper ball joint just waiting on those bolts/bushings.
And yeah just like everyone elses problems my 4x4's dont work either,I'm betting my solenoid is full as the front hubs were replaced by the previous owner. Be nice to find that and fix it to.
An off the wall question,I want to redo the radio system and i am having troubles getting the front speaker panels off the door and I dont want to bust them ( seeing as i have clumsy hands and a bit of a patience problem when things should come off easily,and a bad temper usually causes more damage ) any easy way to get them off?
Any tips for better fuel mileage? Cant believe this 4cyl is only getting 20-24mpg, 320 miles in a full tank. Spark plugs have been replaced, i was thinking maybe time for a new O2 sensor......any help would be appreciated.