Help Me to Learn/Figure Out My Vehicle


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Bought a nice little 2008 Sportage 2.0l with the 4 speed automatic and the bells and whistles they came with. I do as much of my own work as possible. This is proving INCREDIBLY MIND NUMBING STUFF!!!! Why? Just trying to find out HOW MANY drive belts I have and WHICH they are depends on which auto parts store or on line site I contact! Trying to get the right timing belt replacement kit is no less vexing.
So, tell me, PLEASE TELL ME, how can I know the following:

The plastic cover over my spark plug wires and my VIN suggest I have a G4GC engine. BUT that's just the beginning it seems.
Do I also have a CVVT engine? What tells me if I do or do not?
How many horsepower does it have? (need to know that it seems)
Does the timing belt kit interchange between the G4GC and G4GF engines?
EXACTLY WHEN did Kia STOP using the G4GF engine and switch to the G4GC? (It makes a difference.)

It goes on an on, it seems.
I THOUGHT I was buying a vehicle, for which I could get the right ANYTHING without having to tell how many doors it has, whether it's 2 or 4WD, what month was it manufactured, at what plant was it manufactured.
I thought I left all of that behind, when I rid myself of the problematic Honda Civic that drove me nuts.

Knowledgeable people PLEASE HELP!


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If you want, PM me your VIN and I can send you a complete build sheet that will answer every question you have. Also, since you enjoy working on your own vehicles, and I myself am a Mobile Mechanic, I don't mind at all with helping you with anything you need. I have access to all factory repair manuals and parts and labor guides. I don't mind helping people at all. What I have at my disposal, will be free to you. Just send me a message and we can go from there! Best of Luck!


ENJOY working on vehicles? No.
I cook because I need to eat. I work on my vehicles because I can't pay to have everything done by a trained mechanic. Because of various issues, in 2 years, I've gone from having a Mazda Tribute I knew most things about, to Honda Civic I knew nothing about, to a Kia Sportage I can find nothing about.
It is incredible how few repair videos, and accurate and informative aftermarket or "shop manuals" there are on a 2008 Kia sportage 2.0l 4spd AT!
The manuals I've purchased are JUNK.
Even the freakin dealership seems at a loss sometimes. I learned there was a factory recall/replace on some.part of the brake system. It took FIVE TRIPS before they had the.right part and made the exchange!
A salvage yard finally obtained a 2005 Sportage, much like mine.
That's offered some relief, though there's no telling how long they'll have it.
Here's my VIN:

Its Canadian built. Thus far, that hasn't proven a problem.

THANKS for offering to help. I'll take anything I can get and, in turn, will.also offer my assistance to anyone needing help with anything on which I've worked.