01 kia rio won't stay running

sofiak
10

Asked by sofiak Jan 31, 2014 at 07:26 PM about the 2001 Kia Rio

Question type: General

My car will not stay running. Dies out all the time! New battery spark plugs/wires oil
changed. Father in law mechanic and can't figure it out

4 Answers

steveq
695

Did he do a compression test?

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
sofiak
10

Yes. It has good compression.

revcletis
10

Things you might want to do attach a odb II diag box on it it see the ECM threw a code.(ie if you have a check engine light ) More than likely could be the following -Bad Crankshaft position sensor (Sometimes cranks right away then dies, sometime hard to crank or wont crank at all ) -Bad Camshaft position sensor (Sometime cranks right away then dies, sometime hard to crank or wont crank at all ) -Bad or Dirty IAC vale (rough idle, may smell gas in exhaust ) -Bad/ Dirty Mass Air flow sensor (rough idle, may smell gas in exhaust ) -Bad Throttle Position sensor (Engine does not rev when accelerator pressed -Bad Coolant Temp sensor (rough idle in cold weather, temp gauge reads "cooler" than normal at operating temps ) -restricted Cat convertor (loss of power / fuel economy when driving , car may backfire, die may not start sometimes) -Bad Electrical System ground Ground (car acts dead when trying to start or dies when running ) - Bad programming on ECM ( there was a recall for this car to have the ECM reprogrammed for this particular problem !!!! ) Bad Coil Pack (ECM may report a misfire ) Bad /wet wiring harness connection (Common on all Rios Including mine) And last but not least VACUUM LEAKS !!! The truth is the Kia Rio is a car with a 10yr/100k mile warranty with parts ( other than the engine ) that MAY last 60K miles ( They may be making them better now I won't buy one to find out :( ). Hyundai and Kia use the same Korean-based sensors for their cars. The difference is Hyundai, a company that builds supertankers and the engines for them, puts higher quality electronics on their engine, ergo their cars run better and last longer. There has NOT BEEN ONE PRODUCTION YEAR PAST 2000 WHERE KIA HAS NOT HAD A RECALL OR PROBLEMS THAT DID NOT NOT INCLUDE THEIR ELECTRICAL/Sensor/Computer SYSTEMS !!! . If your car has more than 60K miles on and still cranks up , count yourself lucky. I call my putt-putt my "miracle car" because I have about 158k miles on a car that usually blows up around 80k miles. This is a quote from Wikipedia: "The first-generation Kia Rio (referred to as the "DC") was offered in both four-door sedan and five-door hatchback body styles. When released, it was the **** least-expensive **** mass-produced car to be sold in the United States.[3] While the Rio's styling and affordability were well-received, it was derided for its *** poor build quality and driving experience.*** " Unless in the future Kia makes a flying car that folds into a suitcase and runs on water, I'm quite sure I won't be buying another one. That being said, 13 years out a 2-owner , 5-year life car is actually not bad.

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
sofiak
10

My car had 186k on it. She has finally died! Did have a "specialist" look at it. Could never figure it out. Always thought it was an electrical problem, just couldn't find tge problem.

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

Rio
Looking for a Used Rio in your area?
CarGurus has 7,855 nationwide Rio listings starting at $1,800.
ZIP:

Search Kia Rio Questions

Kia Rio Experts

#1 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 230
#2 Francis Lapointe
Francis Lapointe
Reputation 170
#3 tenspeed
tenspeed
Reputation 160
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Hyundai Accent"
298 Great Deals out of 13,217 listings starting at $1,250
Used Honda Civic"
815 Great Deals out of 57,592 listings starting at $995
Used Toyota Corolla"
1,223 Great Deals out of 56,012 listings starting at $995
Used Ford Focus"
1,775 Great Deals out of 64,051 listings starting at $750
Used Hyundai Elantra"
791 Great Deals out of 47,648 listings starting at $1,499
Used Nissan Sentra"
640 Great Deals out of 35,196 listings starting at $1,500
Used Kia Optima"
556 Great Deals out of 39,855 listings starting at $1,900
Used Toyota Camry"
1,523 Great Deals out of 70,617 listings starting at $1,395
Used Toyota Yaris"
176 Great Deals out of 5,047 listings starting at $2,995

Used Cars For Sale

2015 Kia Rio For Sale
3,917 listings
2014 Kia Rio For Sale
1,358 listings
2013 Kia Rio For Sale
65 Great Deals out of 887 listings starting at $9,595
2012 Kia Rio For Sale
37 Great Deals out of 355 listings starting at $7,950
2011 Kia Rio For Sale
8 Great Deals out of 220 listings starting at $5,999