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Alternator Trouble I've had my used 2002 Kia Optima for 2yrs. It had 1 owner and when i purchased it the car had 44,444 miles on it. A few months ago i had gotten my 60k tune up but before that I have been having some trouble with my lights, air, and radio going out whenever I press the brakes or the turn signal (which recently started to act up). My speakers in my car were working fine also but the ones on the driver side had went completely out as a result of me not getting it checked out sooner. I thought it was a wiring problem. So i was waiting it until i gotten a new radio to fix that. Then later I gotten the problem checked out and the tech didn't find anything wrong with it. They tighten it up and jiggled it. When they drove it around it didn't give them any problems. So when I got it back it was fine for about 2wks. I think the problem is whenever I hit a bump on the road it starts to act up but my lights don't go out if I don't have them on but now my speakers are acting up again. Also my speakers on the driver side were fixed when i got the car back also. I haven't had any problem when i hit bumps in the road before. I want to could it be that my alternator is going bad or could there be something else?

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  • mssunshine20 Nov 12, 2008

    Thanks. I'm going to take my car to AutoZone and get them to double check to see if there is anything major besides that.

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Sounds mostly like that your vehicle is loosing a good ground connection in order to check this check the negative cable and make sure that it is not badly coroded or frayed run yur hand on the negative cable and make sure that it is grounded on most of these vehicle also make sure that the body groun is not broken if yu have recently changed the battery cables make sure that the vehicle body is frounded also.

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