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Battery Weak Due to Inadiquate Alternator Output on Kia Sephia

Problem Description and Solution

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 to fix the problem.

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Problem Data

RepairPal Fair Price Estimate
$372-510
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Average mileage: 142,946 (72,000–232,000)
4 model years affected: 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001

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six years ago I had to have a new alternator put on my kia sephia (which by the way gets 6 to 10 miles per gallon/gas and eats tires yearly). three years later another alternator, then in July, 2010 another alternator, and guess what??? today, Jan.15,2011 the car died again and surprise, another alternator!!!! Also, every year I owned the car, I had to replace a battery and a set of four tires. this is the bigest lemon i have ever owned and kia won't do a thing about it. My Daughter and I have the same year and model kia's and she has only had to have a new clutch at the nine year mark & gets 30 to 36 miles per gallon of fuel. Mine is automatic, and I can't say enough bad about it. Help!!!!
i love my car it jus now has not started on me i replaced my water pump and battery it wont turn over after we had this big snow storm