Kia rio battery was dead after sitting for 2 weeks while i was away when i started it the battery light stayed on so i suspect this was the alternator is the alternator easy to change and is there a way to check for loose connections?
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Weak fuel pump, (check fuel pressure) Im leaning towards a Clogged catalytic converter as its the most common overlooked problem that will cause a car to run for a bit after it sits a while, only to not restart immediatly after it stalls, but will again start after some time.
There is a large maxi-fuse between the battery and alternator. Its at least 100 amp or more. It may be in the cable at the battery, or in one of the fuse boxes. You may also have damaged the key switch or the brake circuit. You may have to get a book to get the wiring diagrams to check everything involved.
undo the alternator bolts and swing it inwards towards the block,replace the belt and lever the alt away from the block to tension it (1/2"play on longest stretch between pulleys) use ring spanners.(wrenches)
I would guess starter fuse first, then starter. When you turn key, if you don't hear a click, you should focus your attention on the fuse first and then the starter. If you hear a click, then most likely (80%) its the starter solenoid. try to start the car in neutral to rule out the neutral safety switch...good luck
this post is listed as 2 years old .there are 5000 un answered kia problems and i just started last week. 2003 kia rio's yours mine and every one else's are blue book valued at about $500.there are not alot of self help out there as with other cars . if you still need help you can try reposting.any way 2 years later your cylinders are # from the left 1 2 3 4 on the side were the wires start each distributer has a corresponding # in white