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Car can be jumped off and driven but battery is not

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Car can be jumped...

Car can be jumped off and driven but battery is not recharging.....had the battery checked and was told that it was good and just needed charging...is the alternater putting out enough to run the engine and not recharge the battery or should I be looking somewhere else?

Mechanic's Assistant: Lots of things can cause problems with the battery. The Kia Mechanic will know what to do. Are you hoping to fix this yourself?

Was hoping to yes

Mechanic's Assistant: Is there anything else the Kia Mechanic should be aware of about your Kia?

Not that I know of...it's my son's car recently acquired....no problem before this

Submitted: 2 years ago.Category: Kia
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Kia Mechanic: Kevin, Auto Mechanic replied 2 years ago
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Hi im kevin do you have a voltmeter?

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
no
Kia Mechanic: Kevin, Auto Mechanic replied 2 years ago

You will need to have voltage checked whilst engine running at battery to see if alternator is charging.from the sympthoms you describe i suspect alternator has failed

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
you are saying it's possible for the alternator to put out enough to run the car but not enough to charge the battery?
Kia Mechanic: Kevin, Auto Mechanic replied 2 years ago

So if you jump start car it will run for as long as you dont turn it off. Is this what your saying?

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Kia Mechanic: Kevin, Auto Mechanic replied 2 years ago

Ok then in that case imwould disagree with battery condition test .i suspect your battery has a internal cell short where the plates inside corrode and touch causing intermittant battery fail .this doesmt normally show on a test .i would replace battery before going any further

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
ok...thanks
Kia Mechanic: Kevin, Auto Mechanic replied 2 years ago

Please rate my service and let me know if you need anything else at all

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Kia Mechanic: Kevin, Auto Mechanic replied 2 years ago

Please remember to rate my service

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