Kia Spectra Fault Codes
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Common Spectra Fault Codes
These are the most common Spectra fault codes that people are searching for.
Camshaft Position Sensor Circuit MalfunctionLearn More Fixes
Catalyst System Efficiency Below Threshold (Bank 1)Learn More Fixes
Intake Camshaft Position Timing - Over-Advanced (Bank 1)Learn More Fixes
Crankshaft Position Camshaft Position Correlation Bank 1 Sensor ALearn More Fixes
Vehicle Speed Sensor Range/PerformanceLearn More
Evaporative Emission Control System Vent Valve/Solenoid Circuit MalfunctionLearn More Fixes
Manifold Absolute Pressure/Barometric Pressure Circuit Range/Performance ProblemLearn More Fixes
System Gross Leak Evaporative EmissionLearn More Fixes
Heated Oxygen Sensor (HO2S) Heater Control Circuit Bank 1 Sensor 2Learn More Fixes
O2 Sensor Circuit Slow Response (Bank 1 Sensor 2)Learn More
Torque Converter Clutch Circuit Performance or Stuck OffLearn More
Evaporative Emission Control System Leak DetectedLearn More Fixes
Engine Coolant Temperature Circuit Low InputLearn More
Random/Multiple Cylinder Misfire DetectedLearn More Fixes
Mass or Volume Air flow Circuit Range/Performance ProblemLearn More Fixes
Knock Sensor 1 Circuit Range/Performance (Bank 2 or Single Sensor)Learn More Fixes
Intake Valve Control Circuit High (Bank 2)Learn More
MIL Request Signal from TCM to ECM.Learn More
IAT - B Circuit Malfunction/ Exhaust Gas Recirculation Closed Position PerformanceLearn More
MIL Circuit Malfunction.Learn More
SCAIR Solenoid Circuit MalfunctionLearn More
Bank 1, Long Term Fuel Trim, Range 2 Rich Limit ExceededLearn More
No Vehicle Speed Signal to TCM.Learn More
System Too Lean (Bank 1)Learn More Fixes
TCIL Circuit MalfunctionLearn More
Knock Sensor Detection System (cylinder 2)Learn More Fixes
Exhaust Camshaft Position Timing - Over-Advanced (Bank 1)Learn More Fixes
Evaporative Emissions System Small Leak DetectedLearn More Fixes
Crankshaft Position Camshaft Position Correlation Bank 1 Sensor BLearn More Fixes
Evaporative Emission Control System Incorrect Purge flowLearn More Fixes
Post Catalyst Fuel Trim System Too Lean Bank 1Learn More Fixes
Heated Backlite Input Circuit Short To BatteryLearn More
Wiper Rear Low Limit Input Circuit OpenLearn More Fixes
Switch Test Signal FailureLearn More
Left rear Wheel Pressure Reduction Performance ProblemLearn More
Speed Wheel RR Comparison FailureLearn More
System Too Lean at Idle DTCLearn More Fixes
Intake Manifold Runner Position Sensor/Switch Circuit Range/Performance Bank 1Learn More Fixes
Throttle Position Sensor (TPS) or Switch “D” Circuit LowLearn More Fixes
Crankshaft Position Sensor A Circuit MalfunctionLearn More Fixes
Heated Oxygen Sensor (HO2S) Heater Circuit Low Voltage Bank 1 Sensor 1Learn More Fixes
Transmission Control System MalfunctionLearn More Fixes
SCP (J1850) Invalid or Missing Data for Primary IdLearn More
SCP (J1850) Invalid or Missing Data for Primary IdLearn More
High Speed CAN Communication BusLearn More Fixes
Ignition spark timing – malfunctionLearn More
Throttle Actuator Control System Forced Limited PowerLearn More Fixes
Transmission Range Sensor Circuit Malfunction (PRNDL Input)Learn More Fixes
Torque Converter Clutch System PerformanceLearn More
Fuel Pump Driver Module Off LineLearn More
Idle Air Control Valve Opening Coil Voltage Low.Learn More
Wastegate Solenoid Circuit MalfunctionLearn More
Multi-faults - Bank 1 - With Low Side ShortsLearn More
Manifold Absolute Temperature Circuit High InputLearn More
Throttle Position Sensor Out Of RangeLearn More
Powertrain DTCs Available in Another ModuleLearn More
Water In Fuel ConditionLearn More
Igniter Circuit Malfunction (No. 3)Learn More
Intake Camshaft Position Actuator Circuit / Open (Bank 1)Learn More Fixes
Intake Camshaft Position Timing - Over-Retarded (Bank 1)Learn More Fixes
Exhaust Camshaft Position Actuator Circuit / Open (Bank 1)Learn More Fixes
Mass or Volume Air Flow Circuit Low Voltage InputLearn More Fixes
Intake Air Temperature Circuit High InputLearn More Fixes
Coolant Thermostat (Coolant Temp Below Thermostat Regulating Temperature)Learn More Fixes
O2 Sensor Circuit Low Voltage (Bank 1 Sensor 1)Learn More Fixes
O2 Sensor Circuit No Activity Detected (Bank 1 Sensor 1)Learn More Fixes
O2 Sensor Heater Circuit Malfunction (Bank 1 Sensor 1)Learn More Fixes
O2 Sensor Circuit Low Voltage (Bank 1 Sensor 2)Learn More Fixes
O2 Sensor Circuit High Voltage (Bank 1 Sensor 2)Learn More Fixes
O2 Sensor Heater Circuit Malfunction (Bank 1 Sensor 2)Learn More Fixes
System Too Rich (Bank 1)Learn More Fixes
System Too Rich (Bank 2)Learn More Fixes
Cylinder 1 Misfire DetectedLearn More Fixes
Cylinder 2 Misfire DetectedLearn More Fixes
Cylinder 3 Misfire DetectedLearn More Fixes
Cylinder 4 Misfire DetectedLearn More Fixes
- Manufacturer: Kia
About the Spectra
The Spectra was first released in 2000 as the successor to the Kia Sephia. It then remained on the market until 2009, when it was replaced by the Forte.
The model saw two generations hit the markets, with the latest iteration making its debut in 2004. This version was also called the Kia Cerato in certain markets.
Because of the Spectra’s relatively confusing history and its various nameplates, it can be hard to track its competition. However, most of these came from Kia’s typical rival manufacturers. The most notable of these included the Hyundai Accent, Nissan Sentra, and Mitsubishi Mirage.
One of the most common and serious fault codes that they faced is P0340, which indicates that there is an issue with the camshaft position sensor.
In some cases, both of these codes will be logged together, which can be a clear indication that the camshaft position sensor needs replacing. This can also be caused by electrical issues in the sensor’s circuit.
The Spectra was also prone to another camshaft position problem, P0011. This code indicates that the intake camshaft is over-advanced. Again, this can be caused by a faulty camshaft position sensor, but there is likely a more complicated cause at hand.
One of the most commonly reported causes for the problem is an old, worn timing belt.
Because Kia shares a number of mechanical similarities with Hyundai models, both of these codes have been known to plague both these manufacturers’ cars.
Another fairly serious issue was P0420, which represented a malfunction with the catalytic converter.
In some cases, owners were able to attribute this to exhaust leaks before the converter. However, it is very likely that a failing converter is the primary cause of the code.