Nov 152017

2006 KIA Sportage

How difficult or easy would it be to replace the ignition coil?
specifically the coil for cylinders 3 and 6?

The labor time for replacing an ignition coil is 0.6 hours.

On the 2.7L engine it appears as though there is one ignition coil.

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Ignition Coil Replacement – 2006 KIA Sportage2.7L engine

1.Remove engine cover.
2.Disconnect spark plug cables and electrical connector.
3.Remove ignition coil.

ignition coil removal 2006 KIA Sportage

To Install:
1.Install ignition coil.
2.Connect spark plug cables and electrical connector.
3.Install engine cover.

Nov 082017

2012 KIA Soul

I have a 2012 KIA Soul and it will not start, just one click. Also had a smell of burning wires after trying to start. Was able to jump starter to get it home. Is the starter solenoid bad?

Be sure the battery is in good working condition. If while holding the ignition in “START” there is no battery positive going to the “S” terminal on the starter the starter relay may be faulty. If battery positive is going to the “S” terminal, replace the starter.

Testing the starter relay

  1. Remove the fuse box cover.
  2. Remove the starter relay (A).

starter relay location 2012 KIA Soul

  • Using an ohmmeter, check that there is continuity between each terminal.

Terminal 30 -87    Continuity NO

Terminal 85 – 86   Continuity YES

  • Apply 12V to terminal 85 and ground to terminal 86.
  • Check for continuity between terminals 30 and 87.

starter relay 2012 KIA Soul

  • If there is no continuity, replace the starter relay.
  • Install the starter relay.
  • Install the fuse box cover.
Oct 312017

2005 KIA Rio

The engine was re-done and the following problems are experienced:

  1. The cars starts while in DRIVE position
  2. The car is very heavy on fuel. While idling black smokes come out of the exhaust.
  3. The care isn’t puling normal. Struggles to go uphill

Engine was re-done

First thing that will need to be done is to have the check engine light codes read. Then you can post the codes below in the comments. The car starting in drive may just be a misaligned neutral safety switch. As for the black smoke and excessive fuel consumption, they are both related and probably caused by a faulty sensor. Having the codes will save from just throwing parts at it. The same for no power when driving.

Oct 312017

KIA Sorento

My car was in the garage when Irma hit. There was 4 feet of water in my house and etc. Now my lights come on by them selves and locks by them selves etc

My car was hit by Hurricane Irma

The only thing you can do is to disconnect the battery and try to dry everything out. It will need to be put in a closed room and a dehumidifier run with the temperature above 80 degrees. It may take a week or two or even longer to get everything to dry out. Moisture and electronics don’t mix. Then you will need to check all fluid to make sure they are not overfilled and or contaminated, including the fuel tank.

In most cases this car will be covered under insurance. Contact them first if you wish to file a claim.

Jun 162017

2000 Kia Sportage

What kind antifreeze?

What kind antifreeze do you put in the radiator ? Is it 50/50, the one that is already made up in jug at store?

Your vehicles engine calls for a 50/50 mixture of Ethylene Glycol Antifreeze and water. The green stuff that is already mixed at the store will work just fine.

Jun 052017

2002 KIA Sedona

Low gas light is refusing to come on

My husband and I have run into some problems with the fuel gauge and the low gas light. We ran our van on E for almost a week before we finally completely ran out. However the low gas light never came on. My husband assumed, and was advised that it was the fuel pump assembly so we ordered the new part and choked down the 138 dollar bill. I took my mother in laws car to get some gas and try out the new part.

With a little over 2 gallons of gas we got the van started again, yet the light was still not coming on and the gauge had hardly moved (which is somewhat understandable). The fuel gauge works fine with the new assembly according to my husband but the low gas light is refusing to come on. What else could possibly cause the light to not come on?

  • Blown bulb
Apr 172017

Kia ForteMy turning signals, hazard lights, and headlights quit working. I checked all fuses and they are all good. What is the problem and how can I fix it?

Headlights quit working

Since your headlights and turn signals work off of the multi-function switch, I would look there first. Not to mention the multi-function switch is a common failure part.

Apr 112017

2004 KIA SorentoStarter tried to start w/ key off and out of ignition. Starter burnt up. Replaced starter, Before connecting starter wires checked voltage. Starter wire 12v when key in start position. starter wire 12v when key turned off???


Sounds like some wiring harness damage may be the cause. But most common cause would be a sticking Starter Relay.

Starter Wiring Diagram 2004 KIA Sorento


Jan 162017

2007 Kia SpectraMy heat isn’t working in my KIA. Sometimes if I slam my door it will kick on but it happens less and less.


If the blower motor isn’t working at all until you slam the door, then most likely the blower motor itself is going out. The motor contacts may be getting jarred when you slam the door causing it to work again. If it only wants to work in High fan speed then the blower motor resistor is bad.

Poor Heater System Performance Testing

Check all fluid levels and adjust as needed, before operating vehicle for extended periods at idle.

  1. Start the engine.
  2. Idle the engine until the thermostat opens (upper radiator hose will be hot) Is the engine at normal operating temperature (approx. 200 F)? If yes, go to the next step. If no, go to step 16.
  3. Next Set the mode selector to FLOOR mode.
  4. Set the heater control selector to the warmest temperature setting.
  5. Set the blower speed the lowest setting.
  6. Carefully feel the inlet and outlet heater hoses at the heater core. Is the inlet heater hose significantly hotter than the outlet heater hose? If yes, go to step 14. If no, go to the next step.
  7. Set the mode selector to PANEL mode.
  8. Select the maximum blower speed.
  9. Select the warmest temperature setting.
  10. Place a thermometer into the center I/P PANEL air outlet and affix a second thermometer to the heater core outlet heater hose.
  11. Record the temperature at the center I/P PANEL air outlet and at the heater core outlet heater hose. Are the two temperature readings about equal? If yes, go to the next step. If no, go to step 13.
  12. Inspect and repair the cowl, cowl area, recirculation door, and the HVAC evaporator/heater core case for cold air leaks. Repair any problems found, go to step 17.
  13. Inspect the temperature door operation. Repair any problems found, go to step 17.
  14. Turn OFF the engine. Back-flush the heater core. Start the engine. Select the FLOOR mode and the lowest blower speed. Select the warmest temperature setting. Feel the temperature of the inlet and outlet heater hoses at the heater core. Is the inlet heater hose feel significantly hotter than the outlet heater hose? If yes, go to the next step. If no, go to step 17.
  15. Replace the heater core. When the repair is completed, go to step 17.
  16. Check for low engine temperature problems, Repair or replace as needed, go to step 17.
  17. Operate the system in order to verify the repair. If the system operates properly, the repair is complete. If the heater still does not work properly, repeat the entire procedure.