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2002 Sportage engine shot #1070943 04/17/14 11:25 PM
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Vigbert Offline OP
Need a Spot
Overheated, up to the H. I pulled over and it stalled and wouldn't restart. I smelled coolant.

I had it towed to a Kia dealer who said there was no coolant in the system and compression in #s 2 & 3 is shot.

Dealer says it needs an engine replacement, which will cost ~$2500. So I'm taking suggestions on how to proceed. Doing it myself isn't an option. I will go there tomorrow to find out the itemized charges (labor/engine cost) and if the replacement engine is a rebuilt or just from a boneyard.

Other than that problem, the Sportage is relatively solid and in good shape. I bought it less than a year ago for $2000 w/ 84K on it. It has 90k now. I know sinking $2500 into gives me a vehicle worth less than that, but I'm on a low budget. smile

Thanks for any suggestions.

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Re: 2002 Sportage engine shot [Re: Vigbert] #1070944 04/18/14 01:37 AM
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Peabody Offline
Mudrunner
For $2500, you could buy another Sporty. I think you are better off looking for a bone yard engine. You can also check eBay Motors, but look for a regional seller to keep your freight cost down. There's an outfit in San Francisco that says they sell low-mileage engines pulled from Japanese Sporties. But that might be an expensive freight bill to the east coast. And that's assuming they actually have a Sportage engine. My vote is for the bone yard.

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1997 Sportage 4x4, auto-trans, Warn manual hubs, 4" UPYOURKIA front lift, TJ 106AA rear springs, 2-5/8" body lift, 31x10.50 treads, SmittyBilt SRC front and XRC rear bumper, swing-out tire mount, OBX LSD front diff, Track Finder rear locker, 5.38 R&Ps and... really crappy gas mileage! <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/shiner.gif" alt="" />
Re: 2002 Sportage engine shot [Re: Peabody] #1070945 04/18/14 01:46 AM
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Peabody Offline
Mudrunner
Here's the link to the low mileage engine place.

And... they have free domestic shipping in the continental US.

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1997 Sportage 4x4, auto-trans, Warn manual hubs, 4" UPYOURKIA front lift, TJ 106AA rear springs, 2-5/8" body lift, 31x10.50 treads, SmittyBilt SRC front and XRC rear bumper, swing-out tire mount, OBX LSD front diff, Track Finder rear locker, 5.38 R&Ps and... really crappy gas mileage! <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/shiner.gif" alt="" />
Re: 2002 Sportage engine shot [Re: Peabody] #1070946 04/18/14 01:54 AM
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Vigbert Offline OP
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Thanks, Peabody.

Re: 2002 Sportage engine shot [Re: Vigbert] #1070947 04/18/14 07:27 PM
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jaybrian32 Offline
Getting the Wheeling Fever
You may also get away with a top end rebuild, new head gasket, cylinder head skimmed and pressure testing should come in around $600-$750 with investigation as to why it over heated in the first place.

Try a reputable independent garage, not a main stealer.

Re: 2002 Sportage engine shot [Re: jaybrian32] #1070948 04/19/14 08:05 AM
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Peabody Offline
Mudrunner
True. If he's lucky, it was just a few valves failing. If it's the piston rings, then there's a bit more involved. On that note, I was looking into the cost of replacing the cams on my engine and found it was far cheaper to get a rebuilt head complete vs the cost of replacing parts. Whooda thunk it?!? <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/shiner.gif" alt="" />


1997 Sportage 4x4, auto-trans, Warn manual hubs, 4" UPYOURKIA front lift, TJ 106AA rear springs, 2-5/8" body lift, 31x10.50 treads, SmittyBilt SRC front and XRC rear bumper, swing-out tire mount, OBX LSD front diff, Track Finder rear locker, 5.38 R&Ps and... really crappy gas mileage! <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/shiner.gif" alt="" />
Re: 2002 Sportage engine shot [Re: Peabody] #1070949 04/21/14 10:22 PM
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jaybrian32 Offline
Getting the Wheeling Fever
Given the symptoms described,I'd say failed viscous fan or thermostat caused it to overheat rather than mechanical failure, blowing the head gasket, causing loss of compression on 2 or more cylinders. Start with basics oil/coolant contamination, and a compression test.


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