Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Midcoast Maine
Drives: 2001 Kia Sportage
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2001 Sportage No Power Up Hill...
I think you all know I replaced the timing belt, water pump, spark plugs (NGK gapped at .030) and both coil pack (well the coil pack I replaced 6 months ago)... Had some problems getting the cam/crank alignment, but with help here and the help of the Cam Holding Tool I bought - all worked out fine (to a degree - no pun intended)
So here we are now:
Cleaned the MAF with some "MAF CLEANER", cleaned the throttle body with carb/inj cleaner. Checked the coil packs, plug wires, spark plugs (took them all out and double checked the coil pack placement according to firing order and ensured a good connection.
ALSO - I took what I believe to be the Fuel Flow Sensor, or perhaps the EVAP sensor and cleaned the connections with electrical connector cleaner. It was the connector that goes to a small unit that connects to a small canister on the front left (next to fender way up front looking at the front of the car)
Put it all back together and wammo - it had as much power as day one when we bought it 6 years ago with 40k on it, if not more...
Some history - the O2 sensor has been a code since we bought it and the dealer (used car) said it was either the cat or the O2 sensor but the 30 day warranty had run out. We started smelling the cat (sulfur smell) about 2 months ago. I have not replaced the cat (either one) or any of the O2 sensors.
Now the car will go "OK" with acceleration on FLAT land, but going up a SLIGHT hill - forget it! It just goes BOOOOOOOOO (when you try to give it gas going uphill or if you give it full throttle on a flat runway, and will go from 60 to 25mph instantly! NO POWER at all!
The cat is starting to smell more frequently... Could this simply be it? The code I get is : P0143 and P0130, but those codes are not CONSTANT! I also get MIL OFF (I need to check that out in the manual - I assume it is nothing.
Perhaps it is time to get a multi-meter and start checking OHMS on some mudules??? OR perhaps a deep rock quarry!