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Old 08-11-2005, 12:48 AM   #1
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Engine light on Kia Sportage 2001

Can someone give me an idea what to check when engine light comes on for a Kia Sportage 2001?
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Old 08-11-2005, 12:56 AM   #2
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A check engine light means the ECM has detected something outside the cars normal operating parameters which needs to be diagnosed and fixed. These can be caused be bad wiring, bad sensors, or numerous other conditions. If you are mechanically inclined with some knowledge of electrical trouble shooting and have access to shop manuals for the car, you can attempt to troubleshoot the car.

The first thing to do is get someone (a shop, autozone, etc) to read the trouble codes with a code reader. Then use the manual to find the trouble shoot procedures and then fix the car. Then have someone clear the codes and see if they re-occur.

If you aren't mechanically inclined or don't have digital voltmeters and a basic machanical tool set, then the car needs to be diagnosed and repaired by a qualified repair shop or dealer service dept.
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Old 08-11-2005, 01:05 AM   #3
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Thanks for the quick reply. Is there any possible small thing that could cause the light to come on without having to check with a computer? Something like oil change, or anything. I'd really like to try and save a little before going through a mechanic at a service station.
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Old 08-11-2005, 01:08 AM   #4
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many auto parts places such as autozone will check for trouble codes free of charge. It could be a simple problem or one not so simple
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Old 08-11-2005, 01:10 AM   #5
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Thanks again, I guess I have no choice but to seek professional help
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Old 08-21-2005, 04:19 AM   #6
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Kia sportage

Hey,
I have a 97 Kia Sportage and I've had the same probelms that you've had.
Take it to a Auto place that has a computer that could tell you what to look for in fixing it.
Like at AutoZone or something.
The test is free.
OKay, the same exact probelm has happened to mine, so far this is what I've done to mine.

I've replaced both coil packs , cause I was told one was bad, though still the same problem.
Then I changed the spark plug , which was firing arm number 4 that wasn't doing well.
Then I changed the water pump, still to no avail, it's still messed up.
I'm taking mine back to the dealership Monday and I'll keep you posted.

The next idea from here would be look into your fuel line , or then look into the ERG Valve.
Good luck.

Jackie
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my Serive Light was on that is what started all this mess.

ps. my kia is a 97 model.
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Old 08-21-2005, 07:11 PM   #7
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lets see what codes are thrown by the ecm before diagnosis -
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