2011 Kia Optima Ex 2.4 GDI Japan version
I've owned my car aprox 4 yr & trusted her on many a trips but I've been stranded for weeks. I'm too tight/stubborn to take it to the dealership unless I have to. I had cranked it 5 min before leaving & just as I left something wasn't right but I went on my 5 min trip where I ended up stuck. Classic Alternator issue. Loss of power steering, power, windows stuck, gauges all wonky, etc. I pulled in and once I parked it wouldn't go in gear and I turned it off. Apparently it fried my jump box so i got out my cables & had a man jump me. I realized it wouldn't go in drive again & then died. I had my daughter come & leave cables on to build it & I nailed it making it 2 blocks where I broke down at an auto parts store. They said dead battery so I bought one. The battery light stayed on & she said it was alternator so I drove it straight home & shopped for alternators. While waiting on an alternator I drove it on 1 time to buy a the 150 amp fuse that sits on the + side of battery. I did that hoping that was it bc I'd had issues a few months ago breaking down & at first I'd slam my door a few times & it would start then I relied on my jumpbox until & noticed the positive side was loose & I couldn't tighten it to help so they put a shim on my positive battery post & everything was fine a few months until this happened. I checked the old one and it was still good but I replaced it anyway. Omw home it started acting up but I made it. I asked if I should go ahead & swap the serpentine belt & they said no it looked ok so I didn't. I put alternator in & my battery light went off so I thought it was fine. The 2nd day I drove it I broke down in the ATM & it took forever to get out of way. Once cranked it wouldn't go in gear but I've since learned about the shift lock feature. A man left his car on it with cables 15 min & I made it a few miles & ended up having to tow it 2 miles from home. I put the slow charge on it & ran to kia & picked up a new positive terminal bc it still didn't feel tight enough. A mechanic came out & even put it on. He also ripped of the housing around that fuse bc he said it would fit down better on the post that way. Came home & again thought it was fixed. Next day when I cranked it to leave it started again with the battery light so I ran up there & asked him to be sure it felt tight & it was.I had my multimeter out showing him the reading was going down once it was running vs the measurement I'd get on the battery before I started it. 12.4 average on the battery before starting the car & droping after starting. I asked if it could be a loose ground & he said no but he was just leaning over it glancing. He said I needed an alternator & if that didn't help maybe the pcm so hope it's the alternator. I tried to put a 2nd alternator in but it was wrong size in right box so I get the right one & I put it in. I didn't leave but seemed ok. Next morning started it and same issue. I checked all fuses & they're good under hood but not a single one lights up inside the car. Zero. I know that can't be right but IDK if it's just bc the alternator is acting so wonky or if it's a relay, wire, etc. I ordered 3-4 relays I haven't tried yet, new maxi fuses, & keep wondering how to test that enclosed fuse block . I fig I'd check here first. Last Thurs I ran to the gas station under 2 mi away thinking I'd make it back & got stuck in the middle of the road almost home. This time it gave me a code so I put my obd on & it was for low voltage. Kinda surprised I didn't have a code the other 1/2 dz times Ive been stuck...just the battery light I'm open & in need of advice/direction. Start with grounds again? relay? circut, etc. the belt &/or pulley they said I didn't need & appear ok/right, I come across posts on the web re the cars memory & resetting it,? I charged it enough yesterday to get into my back yard & finish a full trickle charge with no power steering, etc as it does when the voltage drops really low & wondering what my next steps need to be. One night it seemed like my start button was staying illuminated but I've checked several days since & it's not now. Why would none of my dash fuses light up when I test them? Could it be because the system is so drained , a separate issue, my main issue? What relay would power that set of fuses? Here's 1 potentially relevant thing...I have a bad habit of putting a key in the dash while it's parked/running & hitting the lock button then get out & use the other key to hand lock my driver door from outside so I can keep my dogs cool. Maybe locking it with the key in it is messing something up? I washed my orig proximity key destroying it a year ago but it'll still work in the dash & a guy met me at the dealer to make a replacement prox key. I feel like 1 of the 2 issues (the loose connection issue a few mo ago or the key situation I just explained) could be connected to where I am now is why I explained each. Next Steps??