Battery Weak Due to Inadiquate Alternator Output on Kia Optima

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.

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Average mileage: 79,010 (12,600–205,100)
9 model years affected: 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, more2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
22 people reported this problem
11 people shared problem details
2004 Kia Optima12,600
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 Optima31,000
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.
2013 Kia Optima36,700
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.
2012 Kia Optima60,000
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
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!!!
2010 Kia Optima63,000
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 Optima113,000
alt. not strong enough to run everthing
2006 Kia Optima190,000
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 Optima205,100
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
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