1998 Kia Sportage wont start

Tiny
P COOLEY
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  • 1998 KIA SPORTAGE
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 130 MILES
Ive had the head gasket fixed, fuel pump, fuel filter, spark plugs, coil packs timing belt new and timing set. It turns over but it wont start. Do you have any idea why?
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Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009 AT 4:22 AM

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Tiny
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Are you getting both spark and fuel to the engine? Will if start with starting fluid?

Let me know.
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Wednesday, October 14th, 2009 AT 6:37 PM
Tiny
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My question is and may be yours, Is there a fuel pump reset switch that can trip and I need to reset?

This is what happened to my sportage:

I have a similar problem with my 98 sportage not starting. I just had the radiator hose break off of the top of the radiator and sprayed antifreeze all over engine. I did not pull over in time and the car temp went from hot to very hot and shut down. I coasted into a parking lot to see that the hose broke off. After it cooled down a few hours, added new anti freeze, fixed the connection and the car would turn over but not start. I have gone thru all the stages off checked to see if anything froze or the block cracked, but no water in the oil, I have compression, and I checked the starting coils for a spark and they are good. So if I have compression and spark it must be fuel related and I figure I shorted out something. I checked all fuses but now need to check the fuel pump which I have found out it in the rear of the car at gas tank. My question is and may be yours, Is there a fuel pump reset switch that can trip and I need to reset?
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Thursday, October 15th, 2009 AT 3:46 PM
Tiny
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Yes the pump is in the fuel tank, and to the best of my kowledge, there is no reset switch for the pump. Try this. See if the engine will start with starting fluid. If it does for a few seconds, then we will be certain it is fuel related and not a different problem.

Also, you mentioned that you checked the compression. How good was it? Also, have you checked for fuel pressure to the rail? Here is a how to for checking it, but the starting fluid will help us identify if it is a fuel problem.

http://www.2carpros.com/how_to/how_to_check_fuel_pressure.htm

Let us know what you find.

Joe
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Thursday, October 15th, 2009 AT 6:20 PM

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