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I just registered to try to get some help with a problem with my 2001 Kia Rio..Was driving on the interstate and it just died....Now wont start..will turn over but wont catch...bought new battery, timing belt not broken, not spark plugs or wires, fuel pump is working Any ideas???
 

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Any check engine light before it died?

Was there ANY warning?

My guess would be one of the sensors died. The most likely sensor is the crankshaft position sensor. The other two possible sensors that come to mind is the camshaft position sensor and the mass air flow sensor.

Do you have a multimeter that you can test with?
 

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Nevermind, I just read your other post. When you say "will turn over but won't catch", do you mean that the starter spins, but the engine doesn't turn over?
 

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I'm not sure what to tell you. It sounds like two separate problems because there's not anything that would cause the car to die and the starter to free-spin. A bad battery (which you've already changed) might cause it. You can also check your battery cables and ground points.
 

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we just found out that its the timing belt...and they think it has messed up the engine too.....At least $4000.... :crying: now that isnt good
 

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we didnt think it was the timing belt cause it doesnt look broken at the top. Wen we looked further in it is broken at the bottom...bottom crank gear is spinning ....I have 69000 miles...didnt know about the 60000 change of timing belt..All of my cars have always been at 80-100000 miles
 

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Geez... I never really believed they made them to break that early... I know the manual says 60K but I'm in the same boat with you. I had 88K on my Escort and never even thought about it! I think that's a $400 operation at the dealer too...
 

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just pulled the head off my 01 rio and found 2 broken valves, and the exhaust cam shaft will not turn, however that caused nothing to turn at all, and the timing belt just streched. might want to pull head to check.
 

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Personaly I would take Kia to task over what the owners manual say's .

California cars are not required to have the timing belt changed at 60k . It's only a recommendation .

Why are the Ca cars special ?
 

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If I remember right, the owners manual doesn't ever say to change the timing belt for CA cars, which is misleading. I think it just says to check it every 30K miles after a change and then change it every 60K (except California). If anything, you would want to change the belt sooner if you lived in California. The timing belt affects timing (go figure), which also affect emissions. As timing belts wear, they stretch (like every other vehicle) which throws the valve timing off in small increments. Eventually it can jump a tooth (or break) causing the engine to run badly.

The manual says to check it every 30K miles for a reason. It would have shown wear before it broke having that many miles on it. Usually they'll last longer than 69K miles though, so another problem could be possible. If you, or the owner before you, ran the car hard then that would eventually weaken the belt causing it to fail earlier.
 

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I wish they had an aftermarket belt that wouldn't break like this. I had a honda do that, it cost me $1400 for the fix. I'll have to check with the previous owners to see if they had the timing belt changed. This is about a $150 change on the honda, wonder what it is on a Kia?
 

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I have a Rio 2002 and when I was driving in the highway my engine sounds not good and I stoped, then die... I send it to the dealer and they said that was the timing belt...they fix it, my car have just 56,000 miles...

Sorry for your car too...
 

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hey, sorry to try and re-hash such an old thread but this seems to be the same problem that Im having now. I was driving on the highway yesterday-lastnight and the engine just stops. I coast to a stop and sit for a second then try to restart it. The starter just sounds like it is freely spinning up. it has around 60k miles on it. The 10 year 10k miles warranty from Kia seems to be a liability to them that they dont like to honor as well.
 
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