I am by no means a "car guy". By that I mean, I can do minor repairs
but I wouldn't know where to begin to overhaul the engine. I have a
2000 kia sephia with close to 150k miles on it. Yesterday I noticed it
runs sluggish when accelerating and started idling rough.
Before I take it to a mechanic, I was wondering if there was some
things I could try myself to correct this issue.
A slipped timing belt? That's a good one. If it slips more than a
tooth you'll have a lot more than sluggish performance to worry over.
To the original poster: Your symptoms could have a multitude of
causes. Do you have an illuminated check engine light while driving?
Any work done recently?
Generally speaking, a rough idle starting all at once without ANY
prior symptoms sounds like an ignition problem to me, with the plug
wires being the first thing I would check.
Change your spark plugs!! I have a 2003 Rio, and
one day it just went from running perfectly to
barely stumbling along. I put in a new set of plugs, and it runs like new.
With just 122000 klms on it,
(about 77000 miles)I can't figure out why. The plugs
I took out don't look bad at all, but don't look a
gift KIA in the grill. HA-HA!
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