Battery Weak Due to Inadiquate Alternator Output on Kia Spectra

The original alternator was incapable of supplying sufficient power to the battery when the engine was idling with electrical loads (lights, air conditioning). A new, more powerful alternator and reprogramming of the powertrain computer will commonly correct this problem.

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Average mileage: 125,736 (52,000–194,000)
7 model years affected: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, more2004, 2005, 2008
26 people reported this problem
13 people shared problem details
I have a 2004 kia spectra 2.0 liter. The alternator isn't charging the battery but when I took it off and had it tested 3 times it passed every time. The belt is tight enough and I replaced the plug. I replaced the battery and still having same problem.
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2004 Kia Spectra115,000
I have a 2004 kia spectra 2.0 liter. The alternator isn't charging the battery but when I took it off and had it tested 3 times it passed every time. The belt is tight enough and I replaced the plug. I replaced the battery and still having same problem.
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2002 Kia Spectra110,000
At times the air bag light will come on and all lights will dim. When at an idle the engine will bog down from the incapatiable load and die.
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2008 Kia Spectra52,000
battery keeps dying
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When I go to crank my car it acts like it's dragging and then starts. It finally drained my new battery that I've only had for two years
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I have a 2004 Kia Sedona and I have replace alternator five times can somebody help me what can cause this problem over and over again
2003 Kia Spectra180,000
My car won't give gas and I'm trying to figure out way and the lights flicker inside and not all of them are on
alternator went out I'm seeking a mechanic
I just replaced my alternator on Tuesday and put a new battery in my car and it was dead again by Thursday. Exchanged the alternator putting another one in the car, but it's still dying.
2002 Kia Spectra96,000
another new ALTONATOR
2004 Kia Spectra100,500
Lost power while idling. Got a jump and went to pep boys. They replaced the battery. New battery was dead the next day. Looks to be this same alternator issue. My LED clock has always flickered on and off.
2000 Kia Spectra93,000
At about 59,000 miles the radio/Cassette had issues. Sometimes it would work other times it wouldn't then it stopped working completely. Then the AC/Heating/Defroster same thing then it stopped working. No one knows how to correct or trace the problem. I have been to several auto agencies.
2000 Kia Spectra93,000
At about 59,000 miles the radio/Cassette had issues. Sometimes it would work other times it wouldn't then it stopped working completely. Then the AC/Heating/Defroster same thing then it stopped working. No one knows how to correct or trace the problem. I have been to several auto agencies.
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