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My car died, but will still try to start but it spins

Customer Question

My car died, but will still try to start but it spins nothing is catching
JA: Will the headlights turn on? Is the battery fully charged?
Customer: Yes everything turns on
JA: What is the model/year of your Kia?
Customer: 2003 Kia rio
JA: Are you fixing your Rio yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: Well trying to research the problem first
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: Belts are on and tight, could not check spark plugs or timing was dark
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Kia
Expert:  Gary replied 5 months ago.

Hello! My name is Gary.
Welcome to JustAnswer.
First thing to check is whether the timing belt is intact and not stripped.

Then check for codes set in the engine computer ECM.

Gary

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
What about. The sparkplug's
Expert:  Gary replied 5 months ago.

Hi again,

Was the car running ok, and then just died suddenly?

If so, it will not be the spark plugs.

It could be a no spark condition, but generally some other reason for no spark across all cylinders.

Gary

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
What is the cost for replacing the timing belt
Expert:  Gary replied 5 months ago.

Hello again,

I don't want to scare you, but if a timing belt breaks, a lot of valves in the cylinder head get bent, and the engine stops.

Generally about $1500 for a cylinder head job/timing belt.

We need some physical diagnosis when you are ready to see a workshop.

Gary

Expert:  Gary replied 5 months ago.

Hello again,

Do you need any further help?

I hope my advice has been of assistance to you.

Kind regards

Gary