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Hey everybody!

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by nezwick, May 16, 2014.

  1. nezwick

    nezwick FEOA Member

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    It's been forever. I miss you guys and I miss my Pony. Hope all are well.

    Looking around I see some familiar names and some new ones. And wow, a 4G Escort coming.

    Right after I sold the Pony my life was turned upside down several times!! My favorite cat passed away, 2 of my big pine trees blew over onto the neighbor's house next door causing damage, my shed was destroyed in the same wind storm, my relationship of 4+ years ended, some appliances broke, and all kinds of other crazy stuff!

    My brother bought a fixer-upper house that needed gutted, re-wired, and re-plumbed; so I was spending a lot of time over there; trying to get some work done on my own fixer-upper house, and 9 months ago today I met an awesome new woman so my time is spread pretty thin!

    I just went through a big fiasco with my new car (Kia Rio...) in which the timing belt jumped 1 tooth, and then an unknown mystery issue made the car run really poorly after I replaced the timing belt! After about 2 weeks of screwing around with it, I discovered that Kia/Mazda's idiotic design allowed the pickup for the Camshaft Position Sensor to become dislodged from the intake cam and therefore was throwing the ignition timing off. Garbage in/garbage out. What a coincidence that the CMPS target would fall off at the same time the timing belt jumped. We had to weld the stupid thing back onto the camshaft, because there was no set screw like everyone on the Kia forum said there was supposed to be. The car has a Mazda B6 DOHC - and yes it's an interference engine - really scary.

    I was trying to keep track of the guy who bought my Pony but it doesn't look like he's posted in a while. Hope it's having a good life out in Indiana.
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    Gamer92 FEOA Donator

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    Welcome back! What part of Indiana is it in?
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    nezwick FEOA Member

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    I'm actually not sure. The FEOA member who bought my car is chdrummerdude.
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    He hasn't been on in a few weeks. Last I heard he was planing to turbo it.
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    Hey I'm still around. Got a new job and moved just south of Indianapolis. So many plans have been put on hold because where I have moved to I have no access to a garage and no friends with a garage at the moment. The pony is still running like a champ with the 2.0. I have a BP that I could put in it but have been thinking of just boosting the 2.0. I have the mani & turbo and most of the required parts to turbo but I just haven't got to the tuning side yet. It's also my daily at the moment and cant afford to put it down for a week to do the work. Currently trying to save up and budget for a Fiesta ST or Focus ST so I can start working on the pony. You still have those cams for the 2.0 nezwick? Sorry to hear you had it so rough over the past year.
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    nezwick FEOA Member

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    Unfortunately I sold the cams to another member. I do still have the rest of the parts (huge pile) I was saving for you, but I really need to get rid of them soon.

    If you still want them - I drive 2 hours West to the Akron, OH area every other weekend so I could save you a trip the whole way to Corsica.

    Otherwise, just let me know, and I'll put the nicer parts up for grabs here on the forum.

    Glad to hear it's still running great.
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    nezwick FEOA Member

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    I'm sure nobody here cares about the Rio - but did you know it's based on the Festiva/Aspire (Kia Pride/ Kia Avella/ Mazda 121) - so that means it could theoretically be GTR or KL swapped someday... Its engine is a variant of the Mazda B6 and uses essentially the same F-series transmission as our 2G SOHC Escorts.

    Currently, even with more rated HP, it's way slower than my Pony was.



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    I'm kind of surprised they used that platform and engine this long.
    Anyway, I sold my wagon last fall and bought this. Needless to say, much faster than the scort.
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    nezwick FEOA Member

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    Ha, it's Kia, so of course they're going to cut every corner possible so they can sell a brand new car for $8k. The Rio has a bad reputation for being a huge POS; but aside from being really bland and lacking personality, it's been reliable overall. The timing belt issue was my own fault for not changing it on time.



    Matt, that's a beautiful 3. My girlfriend has a 2011 Mazda 3i sedan, fully loaded with every option under the sun (but unfortunately it's an automatic). It handles great and is pretty quick.
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    97MTracer FEOA Donator

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    I might be selling my black escort finally. I'm in the process of getting some fresh paint on the hood roof and trunk. Replacing thenheadliner and the front seats. The only thing that it will need eventually is a clutch.
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    I used to work at KIA when that Rio would have been a new car. The timing belts used to go out before 60k (they now recommend 45k to replace the belt). They don't bend valves when the skip time, they break the heads off and put them through the piston tops. I've also seen the problem you had with the cam before (drove me crazy figuring it out the first time), and it had a screw in the end of the cam.
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    nezwick FEOA Member

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    I know I got really lucky with the timing belt. Lots of horror stories on the Kia forum about catastrophic damage. As far as I can tell it had the original belt and idler set, with 105,000 miles. Plugs, wires, and alternator belt were original too.

    Here's how we fixed the cam:

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    I'll let you know. I don't get that far east a lot but i have a friend who does. he may be able to meet up with you to grab them up. Like I said I'll let you know
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    The screw is in the end of the cam, the carrier would have to be removed to re-install it.
    Your fix is more permanent though....

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