Kia Troubleshooting Questions? Ask a Mechanic
Hello, I'm Brandon - Kia tech.
There are few things you need to check battery, Alternator and starter.
It looks to me the battery has a dead cell and it needs to be replaced. You will need to check if it has 12.6 volts without the engine ON.
Check the alternator to see if is charging the battery. Run the engine and hook up a volt meter to see if the battery is getting 14.6 volts.
Lastly I believe the starter has a dead sport. This is why it needs to crank a few time to get the starter cranking.
Once you have these three items check and replaced then you car should be fixed.
This is not a expensive fix at all. Very straight forward. Around $500 - $600 range repair bill.
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Ok. You must do this. Make sure the battery terminal is nice and tight. Make sure it is clean. Make sure the ground cable is clean and it is securing bolted down. Any corrosion will cause this problem. Make sure the alternator cable wire is clean and tight. Make sure both alternator cables are tight and clean. Looks like a ground issue. If everything is OK. Change the alternator unit.
Now you have to replace the valve cover and the alternator.
You could go to a private shop and get it much cheaper.