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Re: 1999 Kia Sportage Build [Re: Crawlerkid] #1041629 02/12/12 06:59 PM
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DennisThompson Offline
Body Damage is Cool
Put on the smaller tires from the other Sporty and see how it feels, 31s do take alot of power away and being an auto it's probably worse.

Just a thought, Dennis


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Re: 1999 Kia Sportage Build [Re: DennisThompson] #1041630 02/20/12 07:42 AM
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Sportege_Panicmech Offline
Mudrunner
I drove an auto sporty once.. A friend had one with a wallowed keyway on the crank as everett mentioned. fixed that problem but i noticed on the highway drive to take it back to her that it was indeed a gutless rig. all stock. I discovered if I took it out of over drive, and even kicked it down a notch, the power would improve. I believe these motors were origionally (mazda) were built for an rpm powerband of 4-6.5k rpm, but the auto tranny shifts just as your reaching the very start of the engine's powerband. Don't be afraid to open the motor up. I used to think mine was gutless till I opened up the exhaust, intake, and slightly polished the intake runners. It's true gutting the cat will lose a little torque. Basically you gotta decide what you want upfront.. if you want torque, keep your cats. if you want hp, loose em. Also, playing with the timing on the intake cam by one tooth is possible in either direction. one tooth either way will either improove hp/hurt torque, or improve torque/hurt hp. There's potential in the motors, but you've got everything against you right now.. Auto Trans, Mud tires, stock breathing (intake/exhaust). disregard any of this that doesn't make sense cause i'm sooooo exhausted from hard partyin weekend (x

Re: 1999 Kia Sportage Build [Re: Sportege_Panicmech] #1041631 02/24/12 11:45 PM
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Need a Spot
A little update:
Switched the brains and no change, pulled the IAC and put on other Kia and the other Kia ran great (on the "thought" bad IAC). So the brain and IAC are known good. It still throws the IAC and temp sensor codes, but if it's running and you unplug them it's very noticeable, so I know the connections are good. I'll pop the 1st O2 sensor out and see what kind of back pressure in building up in front of the cat. I'm suspecting it's plugged, the exhaust is black, like the color rust gets when it gets HOT. Then I'll swap the cam position sensor out and see if that fixes the problem smile
It runs like the timing is wayyyy retarded, and (correct me if I'm wrong) the engine recieves it's position via the cam position sensor. I don't remember reading about this engine having a sensor on the crank, that's why I'm assuming this.
More to come! The car was more zippy with the smaller tires on, but not comparable to my other Sportage.

Last edited by Crawlerkid; 02/24/12 11:47 PM.
Re: 1999 Kia Sportage Build [Re: Crawlerkid] #1041632 02/29/12 07:55 AM
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Sportege_Panicmech Offline
Mudrunner
No crank sensor. Just cam on exhaust side on rear of engine. So if your exhaust cam is off for whatever reason then your ignition timing is also. U said the exhaust is black.. do you mean the pipe is black or the emissions coming out is black? cause black smoke means your running very rich, blue smoke means your burning oil, and whitish/grey smoke is burning coolant.. Don't worry if it's initially smoking white in the morning cold starts that's usually just the condensation in the exhaust working its way out. Anyway back on the exhaust cam sensor..
If your cam is off, then your timing is also off and WILL have significant power loss. I know from experience. I played with my intake exhaust cam timing long time ago. You can't alter your exhaust cam even by one tooth. I tried, lol. You can play with intake cam timing by one tooth either direction i've found and will get varying results in torque vs high rpm hp. Number of things could throw off your exhaust cam timing, but only so many things. Your timing belt tensioner broke, stretched belt, wallowed or broken crank keyway. the crank keyway has been an issue on these mazda engines (yes mazda) and the FE3 motor (ours) is included in that. I've seen it myself in an FE3N motor I had to fix. She had a loss in power and it was cause of that. It got worse and worse till the crank pulley almost fell right off the crank. Does the crank pulley wobble alot? food for thought. but that woudn't explain your check engine codes.. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif" alt="" /> check engine grounds.. voltage drop test..

Re: 1999 Kia Sportage Build [Re: 2002_Sporty] #1041633 03/12/12 05:37 AM
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freddiespyker Offline
Getting the Wheeling Fever
hi can you tell me where on the sporty is the engine control module situated <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif" alt="" />

Re: 1999 Kia Sportage Build [Re: freddiespyker] #1041634 03/12/12 08:47 AM
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Everet Offline
Body Damage is Cool
In US models it is in the passengers side by their feet, under the carpet. When you pull the carpet down from the firewall, you should see it before the floor board.
Don't have a picture.
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Re: 1999 Kia Sportage Build [Re: freddiespyker] #1041635 03/16/12 04:11 PM
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DennisThompson Offline
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Passenger side firewall under the carpet.

Dennis


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Re: 1999 Kia Sportage Build [Re: DennisThompson] #1041636 03/16/12 06:03 PM
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freddiespyker Offline
Getting the Wheeling Fever
thanks dennis

Re: 1999 Kia Sportage Build [Re: freddiespyker] #1041637 04/11/12 08:50 PM
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Crawlerkid Offline OP
Need a Spot
Sorry for not responding in forever. I took the Sporty off the road and garaged it. The pully is tighter than all get-out. It's ON THERE. She doesn't burn any oil or coolant, I had just noted that the pipe is very very black in color (like it has been getting very hot, maybe a plugged precat?)I was just assuming that if the cam sensor bit the dust, it would make the computer default to a retarded-ignition setting (kinda like a limp mode) and thus be very underpowered and inefficient on fuel.

I was debating selling the Sporty until I fired it up last week and drove it around the woods and over some ditches (to get an idea of what it would be like offroad.) Needless to say, the Sporty will NOT be getting sold. Too much fun!

On a random side note, my Sporty has ALWAYS reeked of mice (when the blower is on.) The blower housing,ducts,ect were cleaned when I had my dash out, but the smell remains (although better.) Where does the blower pull air from? I assumed under the front window, but didn't see anything when pulling my raintray out, and when I took the blower out I ran a shopvac down that tube (runs back towards the driver under the front window) and didn't pull nest out. Any ideas where else the blower pulls from?

Thanks!

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