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My 2013 Sportage SX with a 2.0 (USA) has a black residue at the tailpipe openings. The car has 1100 miles on it and is mostly hi-way miles. In the "old days" it would indicate a rich mixture. Any ideas.
In the "new days" it still means a rich mixture. Virtually all turbo engines are tuned rich, because the consequences or running lean under boost, is detonation, and an engine that self destructs. When the tailpipe is black, that's goodness. Just get used to cleaning it regularly.
Thanks, and I'll keep that in mind if I ever get out there, but it's not likely. I definitely will be looking for a turbo on my next car, which should be a 2016. I'm trying to keep the mileage down on mine so it stays under full warranty coverage until I trade it. It all depends on what KIA and the others have to offer at the time. Who knows - with the mileage requirements that start in 2017, most cars might have small turbo engines by then, and hopefully KIA will have the tubo problems worked out.
2011 Sportage EX
FWD Auto Silver/Black
Drives: 2011 Kia Sportage SX w/ Premium Package & Nav
2011 SX - I also get a light black soot/residue in the tail pipe tips. As someone mentioned above, I have been told it's normal (for this turbo) and to just clean it when doing a car wash. Since the insides of the tail pipe tips are painted black it's hard to see the grime when dirty so at least that's not an issue ;-)
ps. Also, as someone stated, on a cold start every so often I can smell a hint of gas/oil. So, they must program it to run a bit rich as mentioned...
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