Car running real rough

Asked by Jan 11, 2018 at 06:42 PM about the 1999 Kia Sephia

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My family bought this car through a family
friend and I have found many wires that look
like they don't belong. 3-4 black wires under
steering column are cut and 3 other wires
are spliced in where the others were cut and
anchored to a bolt on the cars frame under
the steering column. Then there is 2 wires
white& black twisted together that goes to 1
black wire that goes to my cars ignition but
it is not plugged into anything. After finding
these wires I go to try to start car this
morning and now it is running like crap and
real rough. I drive not even a mile down the
road and it doesn't want to stay running
then it starts smoking under the hood where
the a/c compressor is. Yesterday tho it was
running okay. Did the guy helping me look at
wires could he have unplugged something
that made this happen? Help please!

4 Answers


Ask the "friend" that sold your this POJ why the wiring is all screwed up. If that does not work you need to find a mechanic that is good with wiring.

Thanks. That's a problem...finding a trustworthy mechanic that is. Everyone I've ever used have overcharged and car would not be fixed to standards. How to find a reliable mechanic?


You do know that a 20 year old KIA is hardly worth spending money on?

Yes the engine light is on but just yesterday I took it to auto zone and had the codes read. It shows cat convertor code only. I've known this tho. No new codes read. So y would when I started the car today and it ran real rough like it didn't want to stay running.. What would make that happen and when I stopped the car not even a mile down the road would the compressor start smoking? Like its locked up.

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