Just put a new battery in

Tiny
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  • 1999 KIA SPORTAGE
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • MANUAL
Windshield wipers are very slow and head lights are diming what is causing this to happen? Its a 99 kia sportage.
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Friday, December 17th, 2010 AT 1:30 AM

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Tiny
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You said you just put in a new battery but did you ever have your alternator tested?Sound's like you could have a bad one.
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Friday, December 17th, 2010 AT 1:37 AM
Tiny
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Just put one in less than a month ago
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Friday, December 17th, 2010 AT 2:18 AM
Tiny
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Here's how to check your charging on your car. Get a volt-meter hook it to the battery and lokk at the volts dc, not running volts after setting will likely be 11.5 -12.5 ish. Start the car and look again at volts. Should be 13-16 volts dc depending on your cars output. Now with car running turn on lights and radio if out put is holding 13+ the alt is good. And if your belt is screaming, with everything on then your belts just loose.
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Friday, December 17th, 2010 AT 2:26 AM
Tiny
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Is there any reason why the bottom bolt that holds the alt on would back its way out after is tightin up this is what saw after running the car for one day
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Friday, December 17th, 2010 AT 5:13 PM
Tiny
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You may have not had the bolt tight enough to start with on the alternator. So you replaced the alternator too a month ago?You still need to test that alternator. Let me know what you find.
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Friday, December 17th, 2010 AT 7:32 PM
Tiny
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Bolt may be worn from rattling loose, replace the bolt and add blue lock-tite to the threads to keep it in place.
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Saturday, December 18th, 2010 AT 12:19 AM

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