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Kia Optima Kia Issues New Alternator to Replace Weak One

Kia Optima Problem
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Model Years Affected: 2001, 2002, 2010, 2012

Average Mileage: 82,000 mi (60,000 mi - 113,000 mi)


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.

  • Visitor, , 60,000 mi

    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

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  • Visitor, , 63,000 mi

    Car wont start due to something pulling a charge all the time. I had the car for 4 months and had nothing but problems

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  • Visitor, , 113,000 mi

    alt. not strong enough to run everthing

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  •  Rookie

    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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