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I am not so sure removing the positive wire from the battery while engine running is a great test anymore due to the electronics involved in most cars today. I am not sure about the Kia, but I know on other cars the alternator is just fine, but removing the battery lead will stall the engine. Some items need to be powered by the battery and yes, the alternator may in theory keep it running but not if the manufacturer uses a protection diode to protect electronics from reversals, and surges. That was a great test years ago, but it could lead you astray today on some vehicles.
You did not specify the yr and model of your vehicle, but the procedure is the same, remove the tail light assembly as specified on your owners manual to replace a light bulb. Apply the Parking Brake and turn the ignition switch to the RUN position (do not start the vehicle), press the brake pedal and place the Shifter in REVERSE. Remove the Reverse light bulb and use a test light grounded to the vehicle chassis to find which one of the two wires going into the reverse light socket is the 12v+, once located, replace REVERSE light bulb, place shifter lever in PARK and turn key OFF.
Splice the 12v+ wire and connect the 12v+ lead from your camera to it, get your Ground (-) from the vehicle chassis.
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The engine is supposed to idle hgh when cold, to reduce emissions. The transmission shifting that you speak of...are you talking about the final shift? The final shift does not hapen until the coolant temperature reaches 177 degrees F. This too is an emission-reduction pre-programming. In short, your Service Manager is not leading you astray; he is quite right. I tell my Taco customers the same thing. Also, this is all in the basic program of the ECU (computer); and cannot be changed. I hope that this helps you out.
I have a problem with my tail lights in my mazda. Brake lights working great but the light that supposed to be working during night time are not. By the way the front lights are working too! Also the light of the panel inside is not working. Can anyone please tell me how to fix it? Thanks alot in advance!