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2004 kia optima - runs 5 minutes, then dies

Hi - we are new to this board. We have an 04 optima that suddenly died yesterday. After 18 months of running great, it suddenly died and restarterd momentarily. It then quit all together. We went back for it with tools today and it started fine, it ran long enough to get it home (5 minutes) then did the same thing. It has 3/4 tank of gas and the fuel cap is ok. I removed the engine cover and injector manifold cover hoping to find a test port, but didn't find one. Hoped to find fuel filter to replace but can't find it either. Advance Auto sold me a large in-line type filter, I thought I could surely find that, but no luck there either. Acts like it runs out of gas, other vehicles I've had fuel pumps go out on - they wouldn't run at all. If you wait a while, the car will start again and run perfectly for another few minutes, then the trouble starts all over again. I called the Kia dealership and they told me to bring it in - hate to pay a 50 mile tow charge and big bill to boot. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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Thanks, manual is helpful!
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I am assuming since you didn't mention it that the check engine light is not on.
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sounds like a fuel pump. The fuel filter should be under the car drivers side or passenger side. hooked to the floor near the back tire.
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i am experiancing similar problems. however my car will not stay on for more than 5-10 seconds. we thought it was a fuel issue, replaced the fuel pump, no help. replaced the spark plugs, mine where fried, still no help. purchased a fuel filter, could not find where it was. ran a diagnostics and it came back with the code 0340= crank positioning sensor and/or timing. this is a job too big for my driveway. so currently looking for a good auto shop.
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so yes, it could be faulty sensor. It will be around timing belt. It might be loose or damaged or just dirty enough to not work well. The same for the wheel form which it gets signal.
Clean, check connectors and try again.
Not a big deal.
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I just finished changing the crankshaft position sensor on my wifes 04 optima. I did exactly what yours was doing. Time consuming job. Took me about 5 hours. But not hard.
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Hi - we are new to this board. We have an 04 optima that suddenly died yesterday. After 18 months of running great, it suddenly died and restarterd momentarily. It then quit all together. We went back for it with tools today and it started fine, it ran long enough to get it home (5 minutes) then did the same thing. It has 3/4 tank of gas and the fuel cap is ok. I removed the engine cover and injector manifold cover hoping to find a test port, but didn't find one. Hoped to find fuel filter to replace but can't find it either. Advance Auto sold me a large in-line type filter, I thought I could surely find that, but no luck there either. Acts like it runs out of gas, other vehicles I've had fuel pumps go out on - they wouldn't run at all. If you wait a while, the car will start again and run perfectly for another few minutes, then the trouble starts all over again. I called the Kia dealership and they told me to bring it in - hate to pay a 50 mile tow charge and big bill to boot. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
I had a similiar problem, the car would run fine then stop, if you let it set for about 10 - 15 minutes it would run fine for a few miles. By the way there is no inline fuel filter, I put my car on jackstands and followed the gas line from tank to engine, no filter. However there is a strainer on the fuel pump in the gas tank, easily accessible through the trunk. I replace the fuel pump and found a piece of solder in the gas tank about the size of a nickel, removed the solder, car runs great no more stopping. I experienced the problem with the old fuel pump as well as the new. Noticed the solder when installing the new fuel pump sor the second time with new strainer. The solder was being sucked against the strainer cutting off the flow of fuel.
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