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Kia Rio JB (2005-2011) Questions & Answers

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lloyd b.
lloyd b.asked
Rio JB (2005-2011)

Does a 2005 Kia Rio LS sedan have a fuel warning light

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Tony N.
Tony N.asked
Rio JB (2005-2011)

Can I use a bkr5ek spark plug in my 2006kia rio

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emmanuelotu
emmanuelotuasked
Rio JB (2005-2011)

Pls I need help my kia Rio 2007 model I bought from someone which was parked fr so longlong, so was getting it fixed to be ready fr drive ,the ecu got burnt and I replaced the ecu then I started driving it but I observed I spent much on fuel ,so I complained to my mechanic, he then serviced the injector nuzzles and bought brand new plugs but yet the plugs are still covered with so much carbon when I drive it and as such it consumes more fuel.the car is not smoking ,good engine, moves well wen the plugs r cleaned.pls I need help on how to fix this problem of having carbon filled plugs? thank you.

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Linda
Linda

Maybe you could get a gas analyser on the exhaust pipe which should tell you if it’s running rich. Also maybe get some hotter spark plugs. A really good mechanic should be able to sort your problem out.

nick
nickasked
Rio JB (2005-2011)

HI... I (my daughters car) have a Kia Rio 2007 auto. This morning whilst driving home the vehicle lost power,the instruments panel flashed and went crazy however the vehicle then regained power. This happened a couple of times .....any ideas please...Thanks in advance

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J.A
J.A

Could be a faulty spark plug/ignition coil. Milne had a similar issue, where it would loose power, the engine light would flash, then after a few seconds, it would 'jerk' and regain power. Happened a few times, before the ignition coil gave out completely and had to get towed to a mechanic to get a replacement fitted.

Narrel muller
Narrel mullerasked
Rio JB (2005-2011)

Just bought 2008 kia rio hatch 2 days ago .it's blowing white blue smoke upon starting engine of a morning when cold .it has used coolant in 2 days .yesterday I was driving along and smoke came out of exhaust then it made a noise under bonnet and puff of smoke ????? I bought it off a mechanic who assured me there was nothing wrong with it .ever since I got the car the temperature light has always shown up red shouldn't it be blue ?

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Tarzan
Tarzan

Hi Narrel

Sorry to hear about your car problems. Definitely go back to the mechanic you bought it off. It sounds though, he probably hasn't told you the truth as it is highly unlikely it has all happened since you bought it in only 2 days. More than likely he had a car he knew had problems and he needed to off load it quickly. I once bought a car off a mechanic I trusted and it was the biggest mistake I had ever made because I didn't get it checked independently. I had to spend 1000s rebuilding the motor.

If the car has a 3 month warranty you may be covered but if it was a private purchase you may have no come back on the mechanic as it is up to the buyer to fully check a car when buying it. When someone sells a car privately it's often because it has a number of expensive repairs that need doing.

If you have no response from the mechanic it would be best to go to the nearest Kia dealer who have specialist mechanics who can see what exactly it is going on.

Regarding the temperature light the 2010 model we have only shows when there is a warning. We have never had it come on so can't comment on the colour it should be.

What you describe above sounds a lot like a problem I had in the 1980s with a Holden Camira. It turned out the head gasket had blown and back then in 1988 a head gasket cost $1500 to repair. The white smoke sounds a lot like steam as the water from your radiator 'goes into your engine via the cracked head gasket, which in turn drains your radiator. That's only what it sounds like and I could be wrong so a professional mechanic will be able to help.

Sorry to hear you have gone through this. Buying a car is never and easy decision as you always hope you haven't bought a lemon.

Ripper
Ripperasked
Rio JB (2005-2011)

Hey I am need to know where the ECU is on a Kia Rio 2007 model 1.6L?

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Stevenj32
Stevenj32

Sorry mine is a 2012 model.

DesW
DesWasked
Rio JB (2005-2011)

Hello. Yesterday the speedometer on my 2006 Kia Rio hatchback stopped working. No prior warnings. Has anyone else experienced this problem? Any solutions?

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Stevenj32
Stevenj32

No this problem has not happened to me, though all new cars speedos are electronic speed sensitive, a dealer should be able to diagnose the problem, hope this helps.

sandman
sandman

Hi no but it could be the speedo cable

Rikko
Rikkoasked
Rio JB (2005-2011)

Hi, I have a 2010 Rio Hatch (1.6L JB), which I've had since new. Today, out of the blue, an instrument warning light I hadn't seen before has started flickering yellow (and increasing). However, the purpose of this light, which is a yellow "car symbol" is not shown in the owner's manual at all? Kia DO show this symbol in the picture of 2 of their instrument cluster examples - "Gasoline Types C and Type D", but without any explanation elsewhere. It is on the RHS, between the (similar shaped) immobiliser warning light which has a key symbol in the middle of it, and the approximate end location (220kmh) of the speedo. It definitely flickers more when going over bumps, etc. so I am wondering if it is simply a loose connection, but seems odd if not worrying, that there is no explanation as to its purpose? Any thoughts please?

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Stevenj32
Stevenj32

Hello, usually the light in the shape of a car is a warning that something is wrong, but that it flickers does sound like a loose wire or bulb, Kia's are known for poor build quality of their plastics, a quick trip to your dealership and a plug into there computer should tell them if anything is wrong, on some cars the whole dash lights up,{ Christmas tree } and the computer shuts down, though I don't believe it is that, it may also be a warning that your service is due, many factors, Kia not to giving with information regarding problems, though the 2010 models had very little in the way of problems, have you checked all the fluids, oil, water, brake fluid, etc?, hope this helps.

sandman
sandman

The light could be on for 2 reasons like you said a loose connection or a fault. Take the car to a mechanic, he can connect it to a computer and it should tell him what it is

Shane
Shaneasked
Rio JB (2005-2011)

My daughter recently purchased a Rio JB 2010 model petrol engine. It now has only 76 000ks on it and its using oil and blowing smoke on starting car quite alot and particularly after it rests overnight. Has anyone else had problems with their cars? I'm suspicious that I need to rip the head off and do valve guide seals, at least with head off i get to replace headgasket.

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David C
David C

Most definitely valves one or two have gone best option is do an engine swap over the old engine for a new rebuilt, normally costs $1000 that's in Queensland not sure anywhere else, not sure how long you have had the car less than three months from a dealer their responsibility if longer your cost

Shanae
Shanaeasked
Rio JB (2005-2011)

I have a 2008 Kia Rio with just under 120,000 clocked on it. I was recently stopped at a red light and the check engine light came on and the car started shaking heavily and lost power. When looking at the engine it looked like a bolt was loose and the engine was shaking heavily (had belts replaced and major service 2 weeks before hand) went to the mechanic who said a piston had stopped firing and that was the problem. Has anyone experienced this? or know how long the pistons should last in these cars? When I looked at the engine after replacement of "piston" there was no shaking and looked like it was all bolted down properly!!

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Stevenj32
Stevenj32

Are you sure it was not a loose or broken engine mount?, an engine will run rough if it's engine mount is not secure, a piston can break, ruin rings, crack, it's not unheard of, in any manufacturer, perhaps you should have taken it to Kia, not sure if you have it serviced there, or ask the mechanic to show you what was replaced, if it was a piston with new rings, there should be more compression in that cylinder.

Shanae
Shanae

I believe it could have been a loose engine mount, but the mechanic insisted it was a piston, even pulled out the part and showed me but me being a 23 year old girl I wasn't confident in what the issue actually was. I guess I just wanted to know if its possible for the piston to misfire and cause the car to loose power (couldn't get over 50ks) and shake heavily and the engin light to be on?

Glen Pretzel
Glen Pretzel

A piston not firing does shake the car engine badly as described, a loose or broken engine mount wont shake it significantly because the weight of the engine sits it relatively still, particuarly in a small engine like this. The thing is, there are a few most likely things that will cause a single piston not to fire in your Kia: A spark plug, spark plug wiring, ignition coil (plugs onto the spark plug) and a blocked or broken fuel injector. The check engine light comes on for all of these. A piston change is a major job where as all of these are easy replacements, my guess is it wouldve been one of these things.

Dougiep93
Dougiep93asked
Rio JB (2005-2011)

I have recently purchased a 2007 Kia Rio LX. I have had no major issues with the car since i got it in May.
It has now done 120,000kms and this last week has been hell.
About a week ago, the car was idling and then the engine cut out and the car wouldnt start for about half an hour.
The same thing has happened to me 3 times in the last 2 days. Called RAA out and the can't find an issue. Checked the computer and it came back with no errors.
Has anyone else experienced this with their car?

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Stevenj32
Stevenj32

Hello, no I have not had that problem, though our car is a 2012 model, though we had hard starting for a long time until it was serviced and the spark plugs were replaced with a different heat range, though it does sound like a computer glitch, Kia is notorious for electrical problems which arise from out of the blue, try and find a good dealership who hopefully can correct the problem, good luck.

Kat350
Kat350

Most probably fuel/electrical. Go to a Kia dealership who have the equipment to check Kias. If you go to your local mechanic you are going to be buying different parts to diagnose the problem.

Robin L
Robin L

My son has a 2008 Rio and we are experiencing the same problem and the same results. Been to a Kia dealership and they cannot find a fault on their computers. Today the car died while driving but started 30 minutes later. From what I have read it appears to be a worldwide problem. Going back to dealer next week for round 2.

djross
djrossasked
Rio JB (2005-2011)

2005 1.6l JB. I am using 10-30W Castrol Fully Synthetic. What is the oil change interval?

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Stevenj32
Stevenj32

Hello, I change my oil every 8000kms, don't believe in 15,000kms for a oil change, by then the oil is black and thick, even though the oil may still protect the internals it is still breaking down, synthetic oil just protects that much better.

djross
djross

Thanks for the answer Steven, I am in Australia and was wondering are you using the same weight oil (10-30W)?

Stevenj32
Stevenj32

Hello djross, I use 5w30 synthetic, the dealership uses a Nissan brand, excellent oil, at service, I then use Nulon for the Teflon additive, hope this helps.

Callander
Callanderasked
Rio JB (2005-2011)

Can we upgrade the computer of kia rio 2007?

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Stevenj32
Stevenj32

There are quite a few aftermarket chip sellers on the market, the ones that are cheap and promise the world do nothing, performance chipping involves resetting all the systems on the car, cars are set at 87% only for engine life, a good system such as Wolf, sets every aspect of the engine and transmisson, though a performance exhaust, air cleaner system, injectors, coil packs, etc, are also needed, this is not cheap, do a little research online and see how much more performance people have attained, I had our 2012 Rio serviced and by using synthetic oil 5W30, hotter spark plugs, tweaking the setting a little the dealership had achieved much better economy and about 1 kilowat increase in engine power
So please don't be fooled by these $60 gimmicks, hope this helps.

Cybermick
Cybermick

Kia dealer have latest computer updates Had my JB 2007 done.Re engine not starting when hot see

Gina.s
Gina.sasked
Rio JB (2005-2011)

The check engine light keeps coming on. I have had mechanics look at it and when the computer checked and cleared has seemed fine when in the workshop and no light on but when driven for approx. 15 mins light came back on again. The vehicle is running fine but the light is still on. Is this a common fault with these vehicles if so how can it be fixed? I only use premium unleaded petrol.

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luke w
luke w

Hi Gina, Not sure about this one will look into it as it hasnt happened to mine and i use normal unleaded and have done 300,000 ks in my kia rio 2006, could be quite a number of things however if there is an electrical fault you would be better off taking it to an auto elect as mechanics usually would not be able to trace the problem as easily, if it is mechanical then a mechanic should be able to diagnose it on a machine.

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