1999 Kia Sportage Q&A
1999 Kia Sportage Question: timing keeps jumping out, after replacing timing belt.
The timing sprocket on the crank is positioned by a machined key in a groove (keyway). If this is broken, you have problems because the crank could be damaged. If the front end of the crankshaft were broken off and slipping, I think there'd be lots of damage and obvious to anyone who looked. You can pull the sprocket off the end of the crank and inspect the key and keyways in the parts. If that's all OK, most likely it's not tensioned right, there are two tensioner pulleys and I think one is spring loaded. It probably comes with a new tensioner in a kit. If the spring is not OK, the timing belt sould likely jump and lose timing. This is an 'interference' engine so it's important to keep the cams in time. If your belt has jumped time, I think it's damaged and you need to get a new one. carefully check out how the pulleys are positioned, I think there's a wrong way to do it on this engine which would cause difficulty keeping the engine in time. If you want to find a Kia specialist, here's a directory link for you: https://repairpal.com/directory?address=16405&car_brand_names=Kia - Superbob