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Do matching (left/right) lights often burn out within a short time period of each other? If so, why?

No, the salesman was spot on. If you think about it, bulbs are designed to last about the same amount of time. If they are installed in pairs, then the secondary light which matches the first will ...
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RPMs too high on freeway?

The specs for this vehicle show that it has a 5-speed manual and that 5th gear is OD/Overdrive. According to the performance data here: The following table from that page lists the speed at 1000 rpm ...
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Can the car jack get adjusted?

The gear mechanism skipped a tooth. It's likely broken and dangerous to use. Such jacks are quite cheap; in Norway they are available for 20-25USD, so I would simply pick up a new one, or raise a ...
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RPMs too high on freeway?

That is the excellent Mazda B3 engine. It will give you 300k service if you treat it nicely. It loves to rev. It does not like to lug. If you are at high power at low RPM (e.g. an RPM that feels ...
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What is this panel on the doors?

There is a screw behind the pop out cover, used to remove the door panel. This may not be exact match to your car, for example only. Image thanks to Jason C.
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How to detach this connector?

Push or pull the gray thingy. The connector should then unlock.
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Do matching (left/right) lights often burn out within a short time period of each other? If so, why?

Lightbulb failure is a random event, which is not pre-set to happen after X hours of service or before a certain date. It is provoked by stress from vibration, repeated heating up and cooling down and ...
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What is this small vent?

It's an interior temperature sensor for cars with automatic A/C. This is on my car, a Mitsubishi Lancer it's not in the same location but it serves the same purpose.
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What is this piece of metal at my caliper?

I think you already figured it out. Since it doesn't touch anything and the E-brake doesn't hook up to it, It is almost certainly a counterweight or dampner of some kind. If the caliper doesn't ...
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Sticking brake pad on 2012 Kia Rio 1.4L

So it could be a number of things: the pads could need grease on the NON-braking side (i.e. the side that doesn't touch the rotors), the caliper pins could be sticking, the brake pad guide plates ...
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Error code P200A on 2013 Kia Sorrento

That code is for "Intake Manifold Runner Performance Bank 1". That does not automatically mean the manifold needs to be replaced. These are the common reasons for the code; Intake manifold runner ...
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Kia Rio - is lip under front bumper actually needed for anything?

While I completely agree with what @JPhi1618 says as the reasons for the lip being there, I disagree with his assessment as to if you should replace this. While it's not very large, these do help with ...
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How can I determine the trim level on my 2015 Kia Optima?

There's a few things you can use to try and work it out if you can't get hold of a Kia dealer to decode the VIN. Assuming the specs match the US versions then you can probably puzzle it out from the ...
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What is this piece, and is it important?

To answer your questions: Yes, this does appear to be a heat shield In general, auto manufacturers don't include anything in the car that they don't need to: this eats into their profits. That being ...
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Do matching (left/right) lights often burn out within a short time period of each other? If so, why?

In contrast to the other contributors I have never replaced both headlights at the same time. I am 64 years old and have been replacing my own lights since I had my first car. You will sometimes get a ...
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Car won't start without a jump

Give the car a jump start, but let the leads from the donor vehicle stay on the new battery for a period of time. Check the battery to ensure there is sufficient charge in it (at least 12vdc) to keep ...
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2003 Kia Spectra - New radiator cap for a new radiator?

No. Reusing the radiator cap (almost certainly) didn't cause the water pump failure. The advice to replace the cap is probably based on the logic that the cap is a relatively inexpensive part and ...
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Car written off, one year later appears later as taxed. Cause for concern? [UK]

The story as told here doesn't make a lot of sense to me in the UK (I assume it is the UK, from the reference to MOT and presumably the DVLA website at Gov.uk). If the car was involved in an ...
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Kia Rio brake light weirdness

I think that your left and center brake filaments have blown. The left and right bulbs will have 2 filaments, one for the tail (side) light and one for the brake light. Only the brake filament will ...
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RPMs too high on freeway?

I got 3,000 rpm at 120 km/h on a Hyunday Grand i10, 1.2 lts engine (~5 lts/100km)
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Can I swap my 2018 Kia Sorento engine

The 3.3LX configuration, which has a rated HP of 290 HP should be capable of towing things up to the rated limit. But the engine is almost certainly NOT the limiting factors. You also need to ...
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2015 Kia Forte Intermittent Low Voltage Occurrences - P0562

This very much sounds like your battery has an internal short which is intermittent. It could be the plates are coming in contact with each other some how and causing the short. Then when you jump the ...
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Can someone tell me what this is?

That will be the ambient temperature sensor. It is used by the air conditioning system. KIA’s description from the weblink - Kia Optima: Air Conditioning System / Ambient Temperature Sensor The ...
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GDI intake cleaning before or after oil change?

No. The intake valves sit in the path of the intake air. The only oil it is supposed to see is whatever is routed back to the intake tract via crankcase ventilation, which will be combusted and sent ...
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Which is the Best Scan and Diagnostic tool for Asian Vehicles?

As long as we are talking about US spec "Asian" vehicles, my personal preference is one of the many "Autel" brand scan tools, which for me have always been able to link up and give good results. I ...
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Sticking brake pad on 2012 Kia Rio 1.4L

I suspect the most likely problem here is the caliper slide pins sticking - check that they move freely in the carrier. If they don't, remove them, clean out the hole, and fit new pins, grease and ...
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Loss of water in the radiator

a list of things to check: check your oil for white goop. This probably means you have a blown head gasket. This would also explain the fluctuations in temp, it could be sealing then opening back up ...
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2005 Kia Sedona sensor question

No you don't, but it's a good idea anyways. The sensor connector should have a gasket on it as well.
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2004 KIA Sedona Timing Belt Replacement

I have not done this job on this engine specifically, but I can answer your question from experience with similar jobs. In researching this job, I did not find any "special" tools specific to Kia, or ...
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2006 Sedona stopped running while driving, will not start now

Had Dodge shadow do same thing too many codes . I took it to Corbin KY pickards automotive technician and had broke ground in working harness to computer. The technician fixed it in about 20 minutes ...
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