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I changed the alternator once,and the battery twice in my 02 kia spectra gs,and the (brand new)battery still gets drained,I also changed the belts too,what could be the problem? could this be a bearing going out in one of the pulleys to the alternator(serpintine)?or what else could this be?

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  • pavel_Vetkov May 11, 2009

    I changed my alternator but the battery still drains on my 2003 Kia Spectra LS. I got my original altermator tested and it works fine so Im trying to find out what's wrong with it?

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Look for a short somewhere. something staying on. I had the same problem with my jeep and spent crazy money trying to fix it and it turned out to be a short in the dash

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