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Has anyone had a problem with a battery on their Forte after just 3 years? I am starting to have problems already where it won't start. Also, do you know if the warranty will cover it? I have the standard 60,000 mile warranty. I'm at about 50,000 now.

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-18-2017, 11:35 AM
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You wrote 'won't start', but did not say if it cranks or not. Does it crank at all, or is there just clicking when you first try to start it? Also, do you have a multi-meter available to test the voltage (static, cranking, and running)?

My 2011 shows no indication of needing a new battery, and I believe that 5+ year battery life is not unusual for Kia/Hyundai vehicles. However, there are always exceptions, and yours may be one of them.
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I am now on my 3rd or 4th kia battery in 3 years. I can't keep track anymore. This year has been especially bad. I just spent 800 on my car to fix my clock spring and other minor issues that I thought might be related to my battery dying every morning at their suggestion and about 4 days after they gave me my car back it dies again. Took it back to Kia and they said they didn't test my battery on the big battery tester, only their quick tester which showed no problem, even though I brought the car in for that specific problem. *eye roll* once they put it on the big tester it said the same thing all the other batteries said. A battery cell was bad.they replaced it about 2 or 3 weeks ago and here I am today after some rain and cold and I am stranded at home. My battery is so dead my jump box won't even charge it enough to jump. It clicks but won't turn over. Very frustrated. Is this common? My alternator was replaced about a month ago along with the belt. But I was having issues long before my alternator died
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I am now on my 3rd or 4th kia battery in 3 years. ....
"3 or 4" batteries in 3 years is highly unlikely to be just bad luck, so there must be some issue outside of the battery and alt. You provided no information about what diagnosis has been done so far, outside of the "big tester", whatever that might be. If you have a multi-meter, you can do parasitic draw and voltage drop testing yourself. If you don't DIY, then take it to an independent shop which should be able diagnose and fix the issue with your vehicle. And I bet they probably won't even need to use a "big tester" to get the job done
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"3 or 4" batteries in 3 years is highly unlikely to be just bad luck, so there must be some issue outside of the battery and alt. You provided no information about what diagnosis has been done so far, outside of the "big tester", whatever that might be. If you have a multi-meter, you can do parasitic draw and voltage drop testing yourself. If you don't DIY, then take it to an independent shop which should be able diagnose and fix the issue with your vehicle. And I bet they probably won't even need to use a "big tester" to get the job done
The BIG TESTER, would be a carbon pile load tester, you cannot complete a proper load test with just a MM.. or volt meter.

To do a parasitic draw test requires an amp meter or AmpClamp.

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The BIG TESTER, would be a carbon pile load tester, you cannot complete a proper load test with just a MM.. or volt meter.

To do a parasitic draw test requires an amp meter or AmpClamp.

... Philip
First off, I'll readily concede that I'm just a DIYer, and that you're a pro having far more knowledge and skill than I do. However, I'll also say that I've done both load and parasitic draw tests successfully using only a MM. (successfully, meaning problems were diagnosed by the testing). So, although the advanced tools almost certainly will do a superior job, I can't go along with the idea that it's not possible for a MM to produce reasonably accurate and useful results. Just my humble, non-professional opinion, based on personal experience. In addition, there are numerous sources online which describe using a MM for both of those tests.

And beyond that, the main point of my post was to offer the opinion that the prior efforts of throwing on batteries and an alt were just part-hanging, and that the actual issue had not been properly diagnosed. Based on the post, I did not believe this person is a DIYer, which is why I recommended another shop. I was trying to poke a bit of fun by writing big tester, mainly because of their failure to identify and fix the actual problem, regardless of what tools they were using.


The net is that it's disappointing to see you single out part of what I wrote as being wrong, without at least agreeing that the work done to this vehicle had been sub-par, and for them to go elsewhere. Or, if you don't agree with that either, then suggest a different course of action. IMO the idea is to help people, and I don't see how your post could help resolve their problem. If you feel that I'm all wet on this, then I guess we'll just carry on.
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I in no way discounted your prowess is diagnosing, how ever I did say "Properly diagnose", there are others...

I abhor any shop/mechanic that charges for incomplete work (fail to fix), I have a personal policy of no fix no money, and if I replace a part not needed I will foot the cost..

I have yet to buy any parts that I replaced..

Also let it be known, I am not a mechanic!!, I am an Electrical/mechanical engineer (retired) who diagnoses based on facts.. hence use Proper diagnostic procedures.. Not guess work or lax testing..

I admire any and all DIY, and try to steer them in the diagnostic path.. some think I am anal and choose to follow other protocols..

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The original KIA battery in my 2016 Forte5 was a bit slow in cranking the past week or so, and today finally wouldn't crank at all. I charged it a bit, got it started and went down to the KIA dealer, thinking the battery warranty was 3 years/36k miles. Turns out that it's 2 years/24k miles... and my car is 2 years plus 5 days since delivery. Kudos to the dealer for not burning me on that... they still replaced the battery under warranty (and even washed the car). Two years out of a battery (especially an OEM battery) in south Florida isn't too surprising... the weather here kills batteries pretty quickly.
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These cars don't come with High quality batteries, if you get 3 or 4 years 30K to 40K out of a battery the is the norm.
You have to realize the dealer ship makes most of their money from SERVICE not sales !!!!!
Remember do you play radio when washing or charge smart phone with car turned off, a battery like these are like a fuel take once empty you DONE. Yes like the man said in earlier post South FLA or Omaha NE, your battery may last 2 years

You can go to Wal-Mart buy a five year battery for $60 bucks and it will last that long.

Sorry just trying to help

I like KIA for the dollar amount they are the best deal out there
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