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.
Jan 022017

KIA RioI had to take apart to have head work done. I have head and throttle body
back on but not sure where the two hose connections connect to. I have been unable to find a repair manual for this car. I have had it apart for a while so without a book having some problems. If you can help I would appreciate it. If you know where I can get a manual that would be great.

Looks like one is for the heater hose and the other is for the vacuum brake booster. Should be easy enough to determine which one will reach to each outlet.

There is a PCV hose that connects tot eh PCV valve. There is also a breather hose.

For a manual follow the “Manuals” tab above.

Dec 282016

2006 KIA SportageI have a 2006 KIA Sportage and I need  the headlamp assembly removal procedure.


Headlamp Replacement 2006 KIA Sportage

Headlamp Removal Diagram 2006 KIA Sportage

Headlamp Removal

  1. Disconnect battery negative cable.
  2. Remove radiator grill cover mounting bolts.
  3. Lift radiator grill cover and pull up on headlamp mounting tab.
  4. Disconnect electrical connectors and remove headlight.

Headlamp Installation

  1. Connect electrical connectors to headlight.
  2. Install headlight push down on locking tab.
  3. Install radiator grill cover mounting bolts.
  4. Connect battery negative cable.
Dec 052016

2004 KIA SpectraHello I wanted to know how to adjust headlights. I had to replace the bulbs and I needed to adjust them. Because its hard for me to see at night I figured adjusting them may help.



Headlight Adjustment Procedure

  1. Inflate the tires tot he specified pressure and remove any loads from the vehicle except the driver, spare tire, and tools.
  2. The vehicle should be placed on a flat floor.
  3. Draw vertical lines and horizontal line on the screen.
  4. With the headlight  and battery in normal condition, aim the headlights so the brightest portion fall on the horizontal and vertical lines.

adjust headlights

Oct 202016

2005 KIA OptimaMy 2005 Kia Optima LX 3.3l is giving me error code P0182. I have replaced the entire full pump which also had a new sensor on it. Then figured why not as I bought the car used for my daughter and wanted to replace fuel strainer as well. I can clear code by removing battery but after about 7miles driving it appears again. When I put my OBD on to read code it will show PENDING or COMPLETE. If PENDING within about 7 mins of engine just idling it will go to COMPLETE. What else can I look at to get this code to go away? I am wondering if it is stuck in the ECU to throw the code and if so how can I clear the ECU?


The reference 5V in the PCM is supplied to the fuel temperature sensor via a resistor in the PCM. That resistor in the PCM and the thermister in the fuel temperature sensor are connected in series. When the resistance value of the thermister in the fuel temperature senor changes with variations ion the fuel tank temperature, the output voltage also changes. So there may be an issue with the PCM or more likely the the wiring. Look for damaged wiring, poor connections and or corrosion. The repair must be made before the code can be cleared.

If the fuel temperature sensor’s voltage is less than 0.1V after starting, the PCM determines that a fault exists and a Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC) is stored.

KIA Code P0182 – Fuel Temperature Sensor Circuit Low Input

KIA Code P0182 Description

The fuel tank temperature sensor is used to detect the fuel temperature inside the fuel tank. The sensor modifies a voltage signal from the PCM. The modified signal returns to the PCM as the fuel temperature input. It uses a thermistor which is sensitive to the change in temperature. The electrical resistance of the thermistor decreases as temperature increases..

When is the code detected?
An excessively low voltage from the sensor is sent to ECM.

 KIA Code P0182 Possible causes

– Poor Connection
– Short to Ground in Fuel Temperature Sensor Circuit
– Faulty Fuel Temperature Sensor
– Faulty PCM
Fuel Temperature Sensor - Code P0182