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    My 2001 Sportage had a case of the intermittent...

    My 2001 Sportage had a case of the intermittent hiccup a while ago, mostly under load. Idled and ran fine otherwise.
    Only thing I replaced was the fuel filter and it cured it.
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    I assume you've done the following already? 1....

    I assume you've done the following already?
    1. Replace air filter
    2. Check air intake for blockages
    3. Check exhaust for blockages, i.e. collapsed catalytic converter
    4. Tyre pressures correct...
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    Thanks, will try that - my solution so far has...

    Thanks, will try that - my solution so far has been to close the windows and turn up the radio :D
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    Most of the things that rotate during 2WD and 4WD...

    Most of the things that rotate during 2WD and 4WD are the same at the front, i.e. wheels, wheel bearings, hubs, brake disks.

    The only thing that I can think of being different in 4WD, is that the...
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    Glad to hear the old kia's don't have...

    Glad to hear the old kia's don't have interference issues when the timing belt breaks. Good to know!
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    Can you provide more detail about the noise? ...

    Can you provide more detail about the noise?

    Does it occur when the vehicle is stationary, or only when moving?
    Does it occur when the suspension is working a lot (rough road) or also when on a...
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    Well my dad always told me that a cylinder only...

    Well my dad always told me that a cylinder only needs gas (correct air/fuel mixture), compression and a spark at the right time to do its work.

    On the air/fuel mix side, the first thing to check...
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    The vacuum-lock hubs on the Sportage works on...

    The vacuum-lock hubs on the Sportage works on engine vacuum, which should be sufficient even at very low RPM if the hub locking system is in good order. Off road we often stop on a rocky section,...
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    Which kinda brings me back to my advice about...

    Which kinda brings me back to my advice about plugging holes in the engine.

    The dipstick should have a little o-ring and a cap to seal it.
    The filler cap really should be closed nice and tight....
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    Usually a bad ground is the culprit if something...

    Usually a bad ground is the culprit if something electric behaves erratically.
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    I always welcome the opportunity to be educated....

    I always welcome the opportunity to be educated. Please do explain and I'll look up the big words if I need to.
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    If you're getting dust in your oil then I would...

    If you're getting dust in your oil then I would image you have bigger problems than finding an oil filter. :-)

    You may want to find and plug the hole where the dust enters, as I'm sure you must be...
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    African conditions?

    I'm curious to hear what these "African conditions" are and how they could possibly affect the oil filter?

    I mean, what exactly are you putting in your engine other than oil?
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    With my Sportage it was the right rear brake...

    With my Sportage it was the right rear brake slave cylinder.
    This first time round I checked all four wheels and couldn't find anything.

    Only when the leak became a lot worse could I actually...
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    Alternative testing of 4WD

    Apart from the 4WD system, you would do the same checks as on any other vehicle.

    A typical perceived weak point on the Sportage is the system that engages the front wheel hubs which provides drive...
  16. I've got a very similar setup on a 2001 Sportage....

    I've got a very similar setup on a 2001 Sportage.
    Extra 10" (25 cm) electric fan next to the original aircon fan.
    16" (40 cm) electric fan mounted on the radiator.

    The 16" fan only comes on...
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    I'm by no stretch of the imagination an expert on...

    I'm by no stretch of the imagination an expert on recovery points, but I think you need to very careful if you are going to weld anything. Any kind of weld will change the properties of the original...
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    Shock extensions

    Someone asked about the third hole I put on my shock extensions..
    It's to prevent the bracket from rotating.
    I had to drill a hole through the original mounting bracket to be able to insert a bolt...
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    My temp switch specs

    Just for reference, the temp switch I got from Midas was the following:

    ECH FS157 / 064-002
    Fan Switch 3P VW/Audi 008/RD
    85-95 / 92-102

    Oh, and I agree with mnrvermaak about the placement of...
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    I recently serviced the front hubs (original...

    I recently serviced the front hubs (original vacuum hubs) on my 2001 Sportage. This is a quick job, around an hour or two.
    Simply remove the hub (couple of allen bolts), remove one circlip, and then...
  21. Thread: Electric fan

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    Another electric fan installed

    My electric fan conversion is done.

    And it's only taken me about 9 months to get around to writing this post.

    Anyway. In January the Kia's viscous fan bearing packed up, at which point I...
  22. Thread: Electric fan

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    Electric fan conversion

    Well, I've been contemplating the electric fan conversion for a while now, but the Kia has made up it own mind to do it _now_. The original fan bracket's bearing has packed up and collapsed.

    The...
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    The head gasket would not necessarily be my first...

    The head gasket would not necessarily be my first guess.

    There are specific ways to check for a leaking head gasket (compression check, bulb check (for carbon monoxide in coolant), colour of...
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    Those 215/80/R15's - what brand and price, if you...

    Those 215/80/R15's - what brand and price, if you don't mind?
    I'm also looking to get some.

    Have you noticed any impact on power and/or fuel consumption?
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    wmaartens, can you post some pics of your shock...

    wmaartens, can you post some pics of your shock extensions too?
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    We've just come back from Ponta do Ouro - was...

    We've just come back from Ponta do Ouro - was there for a week in September - with the Sportage (2001 model, normal 5-door, not the wagon, with 4cm lift kit).

    Absolutely no problems at all, in...
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    Just remember that the shock extension is limited...

    Just remember that the shock extension is limited for a reason. Under full articulation the shock's extension limit is the only thing keeping the spring from falling out.

    I was unable to find a...
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    Suspension I suppose that will depend on the lift kit. ...

    I suppose that will depend on the lift kit.

    The 40mm spacers that I got from Kia just fit underneath the spring. They don't really affect the spring much - it still operates over the same range,...
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    I've noticed this as well - accellerating briskly...

    I've noticed this as well - accellerating briskly while almost empty made the sportage do a hiccup or 2.

    I haven't been offroad with a near-empty tank, but I'll take Ian's word for it.
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    The brackets I made myself out of some 4mm steel...

    The brackets I made myself out of some 4mm steel plate I had lying around. I basically offset a hole 40mm up and 10mm back from the original hole, and drilled another smaller hole to prevent the...
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    Serendipity

    We went to Serendipity this last weekend and found that the extra ground clearance afforded by the lift kit makes a HUGE difference.

    We did quite a few of the red trails and the only two times...
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    Kia loose gearshift

    I've got a 2001 Sportage, 140000 km. The gear shift lever has also got a lot of play, but it appears to be a common characteristic on these vehicles.

    Doesn't appear to be a problem though.
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    Yes, I'd like to get bigger tyres on sometime,...

    Yes, I'd like to get bigger tyres on sometime, but will have to wait for the current ones to wear out first :-(
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    40mm lift kit is in!

    The lift kit is in!

    I made some brackets the weekend before to extend the rear shock mounts, after I realised that the RAV4 shock replacements were not going to work that well. The reason is that...
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    I picked up the lift kit from Kia Meadowdale on...

    I picked up the lift kit from Kia Meadowdale on Friday. Took 10 working days from ordering, since they only manufacture them on request. Price: R750.

    I made the brackets for the rear shock...
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