Thanks for all the responses. I did the timing belt sticky listed here . And it did in fact clear up my piston slap hesitation problems. changed the plugs and belts . did the throttle body clean . and did a seafoam clean . the KIA runs great now. Problems I encountered were I overtightened and broke a crank pulley bolt and did the same and cracked the waterneck. luckly i found a used one.
The Kia is a pretty good offroader and I even had to pull out my buddies 09 explorer. I got a WAAG brushbar off kijiji for $5!! it has no bracket kit so i'm fabricating some at work. Future mods will be . F-150 Rims and better tires , Warn manual hubs. LED off road lights. I got a Sunfire Electric fan to swap in . (Detailed step by step wire up anybody??) . On a side note the Calgary KIA dealership sales are the most ignorant people I have ever met . Not interested in bringing in parts and were generally useless/un helpful. "Gee sorry your products lasted 11 years!!" the sportage is now my daily driver and look forward to future mods.
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