97 sportage 06 forester XT
Longtime reader first time poster. I inherited a 02 kia sportage from my fiance which sadly was neglected for about 100k miles. No maintenance had been done save oil changes and a replaced timing belt. The radiator was bone dry and the tires on steel belts. So far ive changed out the spark plugs/ fuel filter, replaced the vacuum lines for the hubs, put a new hose clamp on the fuel line so no more gas smell , swapped out the thermostat for the one that was listed on forums that is not specific for the kia but it worked to drop the trouble code. All fluids have been changed. Got new main and fuel relays. Upgraded intake and exhausts. Upgraded the tires to 230/70/15 which btw, so much better. Current project is going to be welding on the crank keyway, methinks when the timing belt was done the bolt on the lower belt pully was not properly torqued and with the added power and an aggressive driving style the timing seems to be off. Reguardless of all these things i love my little kia she is finicky and frustrating but so much fun! This forum has been so very helpful i hope to return the favor some day.