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Specialized are probably the best in Santa Cruz to deal with that they are on the frontage road off Highway 1 between S/Cruz and Capitola
I would change the transmission oil every 30,000 miles, some have a spin on oil filter, servicing the trans will ensure longer trans life.
I like direct fit O2 sensors preferably Denso brand. Make sure you replace the right sensor, Oxygen sensors are identified by bank and sensor position. Sensor 1 is always pre catalytic converter, sensor two is always post catalytic converter. If an engine is a 4 or 6 cylinder engine the whole engine is considered bank 1, if an engine is a V6, V8, V10....., the engine bank containing cylinder number 1 (first cylinder in the firing order) is considered Bank 1, the other bank is considered Bank 2. Interpretation Oxygen sensor designation B2S1 refers to Bank 2 Sensor 1, it will be the sensor on the engine side of the catalytic converter in bank two. Check this link to determine the cylinder that contains cylinder number 1. http://www.wellsve.com/custom_searches/ds_firing.php Kia as a car manufacturer put a lot of great technical information and work shop manuals on line for free for Kia owners. www.kiatechinfo.com
I think it is near the oil filter and is easy to replace. There is a company that independent auto repair shops get their information from, this same information is available inexpensively for people that work on their own cars.. The information is year make and model specific, covering repair procedures, torque specifications, fluid capacities and specifications, service bulletins, component locations, wiring diagrams ect.... Alldata is very easy to navigate http://bit.ly/AllData_Repair_Manuals_Online
Make sure the gas cap is tight and the seal is good. Evaporative Emission system problems are difficult for anyone to diagnose/test and repair themselves at home. Some evaporative diagnosis requires a scan tool to bi-directionally control solenoids to seal off and open and test for leaks. Another useful tool is a machine that generates an inert gas/smoke that when the system is sealed off, if there are any leaks the smoke "show up" where they are. Also some faults can be intermittent and when the codes are erased the self test procedures your computer uses to test the system can take a week or two to self complete as a certain specific drive procedure has to be performed.
Moog make good parts, look at www.rockauto.com or Napa on line
That mileage is really low, I've never seen problems with the ones we work on. Has it been diagnose for sure as being the fault? I wonder is the temperature warning light working properly or what component failed to cause the gasket to fail.
Has a catalytic converter failed? There are cheap horrible aftermarket exhausts and exhausts that are universal and get "welded on", but there are good quality exhausts made by companies like Bosal, get a quote from a reputable independent repair shop in your area. Midas exhausts in my opinion are cheaply made.
Will the engine crank over/rotate when the ignition key is turned to the starter position? If it doesn't it is possible that the starter has failed you would have to check for power at the starter when a friends tries to start the engine for you.
You probably start with disconnecting the battery to allow the airbag to discharge so it won't deploy accidentally. I take it the speedometer works that it is not a VSS issue (check engine light would be on).There is a company that independent auto repair shops get their information from, this same information is available inexpensively for people that work on their own cars.. The information is year make and model specific, covering repair procedures, torque specifications, fluid capacities and specifications, service bulletins, component locations, wiring diagrams ect.... Alldata is very easy to navigate http://bit.ly/AllData_Repair_Manuals_Online