The noise sounds exactly like that of a loose or worn out belt but I confirm it isn't because if the battery if fully charged and you disconnect the alternator plug while the belt is still on, you will drive the car till the battery dies with no noise whatsoever. First I tried a used alternator, no luck, noise got worst and worst, till alternator burnt out. I then bought a new rebuilt alternator, no luck and burnt it out in a few days. Got another rebuilt one, less noise, but the noise is still there. At this point, I am thinking that there must be something else in the car that is causing the noise. I am thinking it may be something that works in conjunction with the alternator. Not sure what it could be since this alternator has a built in regulator and it's very hard to determine where the noise is coming from.
It sounds like the noise is coming from one of the pulleys but as I said before, when you disconnect the alternator plug, all noises are gone. And when the alternator is connected, the noise does not seem like it's coming from the alternator either. Very complex! Ver annoying! I have thought of taking the car to a cliff but I am the last person to do so. I love challenges. Any experienced or inexperienced person would be quick to point out a loose belt as the source of the problem but it isn't. The fact is I do not have a shop manuel for this car. I do not have the schematic diagrams. Will be getting one soon. As soon as I get one, it may be easier to pin point the problem.
I was thinking to search for a high amperage alternator to replace the stock 70 amps that the 97 kia 1.8 L comes with but it makes no sense at all. If the car comes with an alternator, it should be able to handle the head lights and cooling fan at the very least. If not, there has to be a problem.
I don't expect anyone to have experienced such problem or even know what it could be but if by any chance anyone has a suggestion, speculation, or ideas, please be kind enough to share it. From a little research I've done, I noticed that those cars had problems that even the dealers were no able to see or fix. Lots of bad reviews, law-suits etc. However, I really like this little car, very fun to drive, very economical, overall, very good little car. Drove it for one year and all I ever did whas put gas in it. That's all. So, I am not in a good position to criticize KIA. Especially when the car was literally for free. I just need to resolve this problem before I invest any money into the car.
If anyone has any information or suggestion, please Help! :)
have the same problem?
Saturday, February 20th, 2010 AT 11:59 PM