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Q: Kia , is it hopeless? on 2002 Kia Rio

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My son in law bought a 2002 KIA Rio from a so-called friend and within 2 weeks it has stopped running . Died by the side of the road, cranks but wouldn't fire. I checked and the car did have the "recall fix" done in 2007. We towed it home, tried to jump it, and nothing. He has very limited funds so I'm hoping for some advise on a self fix. Thinking fuel pump or filters, praying it's not the timing chain.
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Does is sound like the engine is turning over fast or erraticly. (could be signs of the timing belt) The 1.5L DOHC is an Interference engine and can have valve damage if the timing belt slips. I would look to see if you can see the camshaft turning when cranking the engine over or perform a compression test.
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You really need to test for spark or fuel -- and pursue what is missing.
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