Battery Weak Due to Inadiquate Alternator Output on Kia Spectra

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 128,984 (11,023–225,000)
9 model years affected: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, more2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
43 people reported this problem
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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.
Battery continues to drain. Car even shut off while driving. Air bag light flickers on and off. HHHELLLLLLLLPPPPP!!!!!!
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.
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
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.
My car will run fine for a while, then for instance I'll stop to get gas and cut the car off. When I get in to crank it, ut acts like it's been drained. I have to get a jump off each time this happens. Is this the alternator?
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.
My battery light and brake light come on a few minutes later the vehicle died I took the battery to be checked it was good I took the alternator out and had it checked it was good ....i need help figering this issue out
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
battery keeps dying
I was driving and my car started bogging down and kinda jerking and when I gave it gas it wouldn't rev up, the lights and radio kept coming on and off then when I shut it off, it wouldn't start.
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
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.
Alternator doesn't have power when at a idle
Hallelujah! Just went to Kia Dealer after two alternators and a new battery and weeks of frustration and I'm happy they found it. It was a connector cable from the battery to the alternator that was frayed and not connecting and keeping my car running. Replaced it and now she purrs like the day I got her. I wanna tell everyone about Kia of Cleveland TN. Well worth the 14 dollars plus labor spent.
New batterie kept going dead garage said alternator needed replacing
All lights started flashing & the car died while I was driving. Now it will not start again. I've only owned the car for six months.
The battery recently started dying when I turn it off. I got the battery, starter and alternator tested and they test good. When I try to turn on the car nothing clicks, but the instrument panel goes nuts. Sometimes the lights are flickering. Now I can't turn off my car without having to jump it. I don't know what to do.
I have put 3 batteries in my car and it idles up high what I'm sitting at a stoplight or when I'm starting it up in the morning it revs up to four and five sometimes 6 its just all kind of things going on now I'm on my second alternator never got a new one put in like the saying never a recall
I had a dead (new) battery if car was not started for a few hours. Battery was not defective. Replaced alternator with one from salvage yard and it is still working at 80,000 miles.