After the vehicle has been operated with electrical loads (lights, air conditioning), a weak alternator can cause starting difficulties. In some cases, the original alternator could not sufficiently charge the battery; Kia released a new alternator which can correct this concern.
Battery Weak Due to Inadiquate Alternator Output on Kia Optima
Average mileage: 80,264 (12,600–205,100)
23 people reported this problem
16 people shared problem details
2013 Kia Optima50,668Visitor
Car keeps shutting off, even with a brand new battery in it for only 3 weeks. Clock, radio, and trip mileage keep resetting themselves. Taking it dealership
2013 Kia Optima77,000Visitor
I purchased used 2013 kia optima sx with push button start the car has not started twice now it feels like something is draining my battery I jump it and its fine again.
2010 Kia Optima74,000Visitor
I bought this car almost a month ago for Coughlin automotive here in London. I drove it to work with no problem, after work I went to leave and my car wouldn't start. My boyfriend had to come and jump me.I made it home with no problem when I turned my car off I could hear the fan continuing to run for some time. It will not hold a charge. I have been told it is my alternator. I can not afford to get it fixed at this time.
I had taken my car to get it washed. When car was done I pull out onto road and car just shut off, lights start flashing and steering wheel locked. Managed to get it started again only to drive about a quarter of a mile before it shut off again-in the middle lane of traffic. Police officer who helped me thought that maybe it was just water that had gotten into the system from the car wash. It sat for about 20 mins in the roadway then it finally started. Managed to get it to the dealership and have now been advised that the alternator needs to be replaced.
2002 Kia Optima200,000Visitor
alternator went out, had to replace it
2012 Kia OptimaVisitor
Will not start
2004 Kia Optima12,600Visitor
Several times a week I have to get my car jumped. Lights off, radio off, controls heat/air off....literally nothing on....dead clicking battery. Replaced battery and still same issue.....I need this fixed!!!!!
2012 Kia Optima63,000Visitor
My lights wont automatically turn off when I shut my car off - then it drains my battery and I have to jump start my car.
2013 Kia Optima43,169Visitor
The car act like it don't want to start then by the third attempt it will start.
2013 Kia Optima36,700Visitor
Tried to start the car after work and this weird clicking noise started happening. All the lights came on in the car as usual, but the car wouldn't turn over. Eventually I noticed, while putting the windows down, the electricity was slowly being drained from the car. It happened last night and will be repaired today.
2004 Kia Optima205,100Visitor
I brought a new battery four weeks ago I drove to Bloomfield (40 min ride on a Friday, Sunday I drove home to drop some stuff off when I came back out my car wouldn't start.
2013 Kia Optima31,000Visitor
Vehile would not start at all. After I jumped car was running but as soon as you turn off and back on nothing. Thought was battery per dealer replaced only to find out alternator not charging and my car was only running on the battery. Needless to say car is still at dealership as they access the issues with my 2013 Kia Optima.
2012 Kia Optima60,000Visitor
When I shut my car off and do not remove The keys immediately-- the battery dies! Kia service tried to tell me that is a feature of the Kia Optima
2010 Kia Optima63,000Visitor
Car wont start due to something pulling a charge all the time. I had the car for 4 months and had nothing but problems
2001 Kia Optima113,000Visitor
alt. not strong enough to run everthing
needed new altenator because car wouldnt start, battery wasnt getting charged., got it fixed at George Auto Body in Winchester Ma over $400.00
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