Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: NY USA
Drives: 2017 Sportage SX AWD
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I was driving from NY to Myrtle Beach SC…
During a rain storm, the car started to shake terribly…
I pulled off 95 somewhere in the back woods on NC….
Not to be disrespectful, & I know I was not in Georgia….
But the movie Deliverance came to mind…..
At this point it was shaking terribly, but I was afraid to shut off the car….
Fortunately there was a Kia dealership 20 miles away. I drove there, it took over an hour.
Sunday at 7:00 pm, I knew they would be closed, but I rather be stuck there then having dinner with Bubba!
When I got to Kia….. (After I figuring out they moved 2 miles away)
I shut the car off, took off the top cover & looked around…..
Restarted the car & looked for a vacuum leak or something loose….
I jiggled, tapped & pushed on everything…. I got a slight improvement.
I decided to drive to Myrtle Beach (another 250 miles) since the car restarted after a few tries….
When I drove in 4th gear, about 55 mph the car stayed smooth…..
Well, I made it safely there a little after 1:00 am.
I brought it to Kia of Myrtle Beach in the morning…..
Believe it or not, it was a bad spark plug…..
I was driving on 3 cylinders…..
BTW, I averaged 25.3 miles per gallon on 3 cylinders.
so there you have another hi compression 17+psi of boost turbo that pukes a plug on regular fuel. These engines need premium fuel for reliable operation.
They are borderline on 87 octane fuel and these plug incidents clearly illustrate that IMHO.
Interesting I thought I saw somewhere that this vehicle does not need premium
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