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  1. Electrical Gremlins

    Kia Cerato, Shuma & Spectra Forum
    #1 could also be a dirty fuel injector #2 find out which O2 sensor is being reported bad and replace it #3 check inside the lamp sockets for corrosion, check for a pulsating +12v on one of the "buttons" inside the lamp socket if it is there look for a bad body ground on the radiator frame... #4...
  2. What sensor is this

    Kia Cerato, Shuma & Spectra Forum
    It is the oil pressure idiot light sensor... I replaced mine with a true oil pressure sender and oil pressure gauge... Dave
  3. Air conditioning refrigerant capacity R134a for Kia Cadenza 2011

    Kia Cadenza Forum
    I believe there is a label attached to the underside of the hood with information on how much R134a should be in the system... "If" you are going to add more be very careful as the tendency to add too much is a common problem and you can damage the AC compressor pretty easliy in the newer...
  4. 2009 Kia Rio - where to purchase replacement OBDII Port

    2G (2006 - 2011) Rio & Rio5
    Hi... Your car is old enough to have some earlier ones in a local "pull-a-part" salvage yard... You also can get the connector from regular salvage/junk yards... At a pap yard all you need is to bring a few tools like you used on your car... there is nothing special about the wiring and a few...
  5. 2010 Soul bogging at idle.

    Kia Soul Forum
    The emissions system in your car has problems... There is what is called a "purge valve" that sounds like is stuck... It is there to allow outside air into the gas tank as the monitored pressure/vacuum levels change when the gas is drawn from it... Think of sucking air/pop out out of a pop...
  6. is there a restrictor plate in the air intake manifold ?

    Kia Soul Forum
    When I rebuilt my wife's 2014 KIA Optima that was "salvage" the plastic intake manifold on the 2.4L was smashed and I got a look at the insides... It has a vacuum actuator on the outside that does redirect the airflow through different channels by turning/moving a long cylindrical device...
  7. A/C compressor oil leak

    Kia Soul Forum
    If it is leaking compressor oil it soon will be leaking the refrigerant (R134a) as the size of the oil molecules are larger than the molecules in the refrigerant and "freon" has a tendency to leak out the smallest holes... So replacing the compressor is coming soon... Dave
  8. No check engine light, doesn't want to go up hill.

    2G (2006 - 2011) Rio & Rio5
    If you are in Central America you probably don't have pollution/emissions regulations... The second CAT is not monitored and replacing it with a straight pipe will probably allow your car to run properly... When the primary CAT (first/front/upstream) spilled it's guts they were pushed thru the...
  9. Replaced battery and now the radio,ac,and power windows do not work

    3G (2012 - 2017) Rio
    The radio, AC, and power windows are all on different fuses and circuits... Radio = Audio and ROOM fuses AC = AC fuse Power windows = HVAC fuses... With no fuses blown this (reversed battery) makes the most sense to me... Dave
  10. Ecu blowing and draining battery

    Kia Cerato, Shuma & Spectra Forum
    You said "Amazing how I managed to hit so many of the "Kia known issues" in such a short time!" The car probably wasn't taken care of by the past owner... You got stuck with the minor items... I/We have had 5 Spectras and after sorting out the minor problems (besides most of them being TOTALED...
  11. P0420 Catalytic Converter Insufficiency

    3G (2012 - 2017) Rio
    The emissions P codes usually will remain in memory until cleared by a scanner... The CEL (check engine light) will go out fairly quickly... The code remains so that the next reading mechanic or owner can see what led up to a failure... (history)... Like I said it can be erased using a...
  12. Ecu blowing and draining battery

    Kia Cerato, Shuma & Spectra Forum
    Hi Bound4alll... You have a bad door latch assembly causing the doors to re-lock... There is a switch within the latch that becomes corroded... I'm talking about the actual latch on the side of the door that is mounted with 3 large philips screws... The BCM (body control module) that is...
  13. Additional power supply in front footwell

    4G (2011+) Optima
    I would also suggest a fuse tap like this... There is a location on this device for the original fuse plus also a location for the "new" circuit fuse... There are quite a few...
  14. Engine failure

    3G 2011 - 2016 Sportage
    If it was a 2.4L engine KIA/Hyundai has a MAJOR recall on them and it should have been replaced "No Charge"... I would contact KIA about reimbursing you for the first replacement or at least they should replace the second one as the first one should have been covered... Dave
  15. 2.7L V6 Battery light blinking - Alternator dying?

    2G (2003-2010) Sportage
    With 170k miles on the engine/car think about the number of times the alternator pulley has rotated.... There are mechanical wear items within the alternator.. Carbon brushes making contact with the commutator wear out... That would cause your battery light to flicker...especially when you draw...