2002 Kia Rio 4 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic 91,000 miles
New question to " the alternator is not installed correctly. Im assuming when the engine was replaced the mechanic who installed it left out a spacer for the alternator and when the alternator is now being installed when the bolts are tightened the alternator case is being distorted causing it to fail. I have seen this before.&Quot;
If the spacer is installed, will I need a new alternator
or is it ruined by the incorrect installation?
Yes your alternator should be fine, you just need to put the right spacer in place.
May, 19, 2008 AT 6:19 PM
I called the Kia dealer and asked for the
alternator spacer and the parts clerk told
me he had no idea what I was talking about.
What part do I ask for?
May, 19, 2008 AT 10:33 PM
Funny thats what I always called it. Your gonna have to bring it to your local shop and show it to them if possible. Take a picture or draw a diagram. Because some of these idiots have no idea. Or you can go to the parts place have them pull a alternator and show them what it is that u need