2005 Kia Optima Timing belt and Transmission

Tiny
MEGANKAYLYNNE
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  • 2005 KIA OPTIMA
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 122,000 MILES
Hi, In January 2015 at 118,000 miles my timing belt and crank sensor stopped working while I was driving. The timing belt was missing teeth and cracked in a few spots. I took it to a repair shop and they fixed the timing belt and crank sensor and also added a new surpetine belt. After spending about a grand on it, I got my car back and have had problems with the car not having power. I can press the gas peddle all the way down to the floor and not move very fast or barely anything at all. The rpms would reach about 5,000 and then drop. It is hard of shifting at about 30 mph or sometimes will not shift and I'll have to throw it into the slap shift in order to shift. I have taken it back to the repair shop 3 separate times for the surpetine belt because the 1st time it was too loose, 2nd time it was too tight, 3rd time I was missing a complete rib. They kept saying that it was that belt causing the issue. I took it back again two weeks ago and they looked over the work they did and said that everything they did was fine. They told that when my car stopped that it messed up my transmission. I'm not a mechanic but it doesn't seem like that should happen. I have also taken it other places as well and they said that they must have messed up their work. They said they are continuing to test and see where the problem is but I'm just sure that all the problems with the car started after they fixed it. Please give me some insight. Thank you
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Wednesday, May 27th, 2015 AT 12:38 PM

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Tiny
HMAC300
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See if you can find a reputable shop where you live, it sounds like the belt is out of alignment causing it to fail. Also have the belt tensioner replaced as that should be replaced when belt is. Have the car scanned for codes, auto parts can do that for transmission problems but it may end up being something internal with trans. You can go to a trans shop and they will scan it and give an opinion as well. If you can have trans fluid checked do that or yourself if you can. A lot of newer cars have to be done by a mechanic.
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Thursday, May 28th, 2015 AT 6:11 AM
Tiny
ED-WEEZY21
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Do you know if the timing belt jumped out of alignment when the teeth broke off? This is an interference engine and if the timing belt jumped any teeth, it may have damaged the valves and such. You may have bent valves causing some of the problems that you're experiencing. I probably wouldn't take it back to where you got it fixed since its been multiple times and you still have an issue. Like Hmac said, I would take it to a reputable shop to truly inspect the work that has been done and to double check the valves.
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Thursday, May 28th, 2015 AT 6:44 PM

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