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3.3TT Stuttering Acceleration with Check Engine Light...

Discussion in 'Engine, Drivetrain, and Exhaust Discussion' started by Stingery, Mar 17, 2019.

  1. Stingery

    Stingery Newish Member

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    I posted a few months back at around 3k miles when I had my “check engine” light turn on while accelerating on the highway. Turned out to be a cracked spark plug which was replaced and resolved the issue at the time.

    Cut to 3k miles later (2018 stinger gt v6 @6.5k miles)

    A few weeks ago, I started noticing a sputter and/or jerking when accelerating, but hesitated on bringing my car in since it was an over scheduled week already and I didn’t have the time.

    Well, the shop visit was forced upon me when the “check engine” light came on. I immediately bring my car to the shop and leave it for the night. A day later they called me to tell me the car was ready for pickup. “Was anything wrong?” I asked. The service rep said no, it was only some sort of legacy code that was popping up from the previous repair. Well I didn’t think to question him and drove home without issue.

    One day later (today), I’m accelerating on the highway and I’m greeted by another solid yellow “check engine” light. The dealership/shop is closed since it’s Sunday. This is started to become a nightmare of inconvenience, but I’m trying to be proactive.

    What questions should I ask them tomorrow? Is there anything I should insist they do or inspect?
     
  2. falanger

    falanger United States Active Member

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    Did they just replace the spark plugs but not the coils? I went through the same thing early on. At about 2k miles I blew a plug, which was replaced, but the hesitation and sputtering was still there. I took it to a different dealer and they replaced all plugs and all coils. Problem solved, no problems since then, even with mods and a JB4.

    You should ask them to do the same for you.
     
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  3. Stingery

    Stingery Newish Member

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    Only the single cracked spark plug was replaced at 3k miles. Bringing my car back this morning to see what they say.
     
  4. NS_Stinger

    NS_Stinger Canada Stinger Enthusiast

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    Stingery are you modded or did this happen on a stock vehicle?
     
  5. Stingery

    Stingery Newish Member

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    Stock
     
  6. Stingery

    Stingery Newish Member

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    UPDATE: My car is with the service people at the dealership I purchased it from. I asked about the spark plugs/coils and they just told me they'd look into it. But told me not to expect an answer for 3-4 days...
     
  7. Kamauxx

    Kamauxx United States 2500 Posts Club!

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    Did they give you a loaner/rent you a car?
     
  8. Stingery

    Stingery Newish Member

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    Yeah, they put me in an Optima which I have no complaints about, just not quite the same “get up and go” as my stinger.
     
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  9. Kamauxx

    Kamauxx United States 2500 Posts Club!

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    I traded a 2016 Optima SXL for my Stinger. The Optima was more loaded than the Stinger but it had no "go" when compared to the 3.3tt.

    When I had an issue with my Stinger the dealership rented me a old Altima. Not exactly a worthy temporary replacement.
     
  10. Doel

    Doel United States 1000 Posts Club!

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    When I took my last car to the Nissan dealer, 2016 Maxima, they gave me a ratted out 200x Altima to drive around that smelled like cleaning products and smoke, wasn't exactly impressed. I think if I took my Stinger to the dealer for a few days and got a new/almost new Optima, I would be content, they're nice cars. I know at least at the dealer I took my Stinger to to get the recall done, they're giving all Stinger owners the "VIP treatment" per the service manager. They give me a free detail, both inside and out, and topped my windshield wiper fluid.
     
  11. Stingery

    Stingery Newish Member

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    Update: got a call last night, the service department at the dealership lost my key! They have not been able to even look at the car yet. New key is ordered and expected for delivery today or tomorrow. Then they can can START figuring out what’s going on with my vehicle. Quickly becoming a comedy of errors.
     
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  12. Kamauxx

    Kamauxx United States 2500 Posts Club!

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    Sounds about right...for Kia service.
     
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  13. eflyguy

    eflyguy United States 1000 Posts Club!

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    Great to know somebody is walking around with the key to your car..
     
  14. Stingery

    Stingery Newish Member

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    Haha, yep... Hopefully some way to deprogram so that key no longer works. Trying to stay as positive as possible right now.
     
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  15. DarthVaderIX

    DarthVaderIX United States Active Member

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    Dude sorry about your situation. Kia service is unbelievably bad.
     
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  16. Peeso33

    Peeso33 United States Active Member

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    Are these key fob serialized? Can the manufacturer deactivate a lost or stolen key?
     
  17. Alagos

    Alagos Germany Active Member

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    What ? They lost the Key ? ... what the... i can’t find words .. unbelievable .. I would never go to that department again - trust is over.
     
  18. Kamauxx

    Kamauxx United States 2500 Posts Club!

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    At least they didn't lose the car.

    Small victories.
     
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  19. Peeso33

    Peeso33 United States Active Member

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    I know you're only half joking, but did you see this post from last month?
     
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  20. Doel

    Doel United States 1000 Posts Club!

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    hhaaaaaaa "Oh man, I thought I won this car for being the millionth oil change or something! my bad broooo"

    I bet the inside of that car smelled like vanilla, better than tobacco smoke I guess.
     
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