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: 76,675 (12,600–205,100)
27 people reported this problem
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2004 Kia Optima 12,600 mi, Visitor
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!!!!!
2013 Kia Optima 36,700 mi, Visitor
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.
2013 Kia Optima 31,000 mi, Visitor
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.
2010 Kia Optima 63,000 mi, Visitor
Car wont start due to something pulling a charge all the time. I had the car for 4 months and had nothing but problems
I have to get a jump everyday due to the alternator. I think Kia should have a recall on these. I am reading where so many people are having the same problem. I have 45,000 miles on my car. I don't have $700 to fix it! Come on Kia!!! What the heck!!!
2012 Kia Optima 60,000 mi, Visitor
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
2014 Kia Optima 28,000 mi, Visitor
First and foremost I want to say that I really love my KIA. My husband and I haven't had any issue's until today. The car started up fine when needed to take the kids to school, but when I turned it off to get some gas, it wouldn't start. I had to get someone to givw me a jump. :( When I got home I turned it off, restarted the car and it turned on without a problem. I went to the store and after having it off for about 40 minutes (while shopping) after loading my items in the car I went to turn it on and NOTHING! It was dead again. I keep checking it hy turning it on every few hours and it turns on, but Im afraid of having to drive somewhere and turning it off and it wont start again.
2001 Kia Optima 113,000 mi, Visitor
alt. not strong enough to run everthing
2008 Kia Optima 127,000 mi, Visitor
Not diagnosed nor fixed yet. After 2 hour trip over the mountain made 15 minute stop. Car wouldn't start. Has a pretty new battery. Prayed a lot... jiggled car... when it started the radio had turned off and the clock reset to 12 or 1... Drove home and parked. This morning wouldn't start even with a prayer!
2010 Kia Optima 85,000 mi, Visitor
My car is currently doing this the battery is dying and the alternator is failing.
The dealer, Beyer Kia of Falls Church, VA, advises the alternator needs to be replaced....3 days to get the part and another 2-1/2 days to do the install.
2006 Kia Optima 190,000 mi, Visitor
Won't stay crunk
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.
2004 Kia Optima 205,100 mi, Visitor
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.
needed new altenator because car wouldnt start, battery wasnt getting charged., got it fixed at George Auto Body in Winchester Ma over $400.00