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Electrical and/or alternator problems - 2001 Kia Rio

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  • gcuthbert Sep 30, 2009

    Every few thousand kilometers after replacing alternator the belt starts to squeal flickering light's on dashboard at no given time it would not turn over

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    What kind of problems are you having? Need to know to be able to fix.

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If that is the case check your belt tension and make sure it is not too tight. Next start the car and leave it run, when the squeal check and see if the alternatir or any other pulley is locking up. It sounds lock when the alternator warms up it locks up. That would mean the bearings in the alternator are bad. This can happen even on a new one. Check this and I feel tjat is where your problem is.

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NOTE There is a trend among manufacturers today to refer to the source of belt-driven electrical power as a -generator-; however, by virtue of the method in which the -generator- produces electrical current the device is actually an -alternator-. The two terms may be used interchangeably.

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