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Kia Rio Alternator Replacement

An alternator generates electric power in a car and is a major component of the car's charging system. Replacement costs depend on the year, make, and model of the car.

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Kia Rio Alternator Replacement

RepairSmith offers upfront and competitive pricing. The average cost for Kia Rio Alternator Replacement is $388. Drop it off at our shop and pick it up a few hours later, or save time and have our Delivery mechanics come to you.

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Quoted to
Drop-off
Delivery
Price
2014 Kia Rio 1.6L L4
96,000 miles
Carl K  • 
November 9, 2020 1:57 PM  • 
Las Vegas NV 89101
$360
5.30  hrs
1.50  hrs
2004 Kia Rio Base
150,000 miles
Marshall H  • 
November 4, 2020 7:35 PM  • 
Menifee CA 92585
$270
0.80  hrs
0.90  hrs
2012 Kia Rio LX
90,000 miles
Kathie H  • 
October 4, 2020 12:56 AM  • 
Las Vegas NV 89139
$616
5.40  hrs
1.40  hrs
2010 Kia Rio 1.6L L4
110,000 miles
Random C  • 
September 27, 2020 6:47 PM  • 
Peoria AZ 85381
$455
5.30  hrs
1.70  hrs
2007 Kia Rio 1.6L L4
87,430 miles
Tracy T  • 
September 16, 2020 2:29 AM  • 
Rancho Cordova CA 95670
$360
5.60  hrs
1.60  hrs
2007 Kia Rio 1.6L L4 Base
135,566 miles
Keisha L  • 
September 3, 2020 12:54 AM  • 
Gardena CA 90249
$360
2.70  hrs
1.50  hrs
2015 Kia Rio 1.6L L4
52,000 miles
Jamere L  • 
August 11, 2020 10:26 PM  • 
North Las Vegas NV 89032
$396
2.30  hrs
1.40  hrs
2002 Kia Rio Base
150,000 miles
Miguel M  • 
August 25, 2019 7:29 PM  • 
Antioch CA 94509
$369
1.80  hrs
0.70  hrs
2014 Kia Rio LX
95,000 miles
Vianey C  • 
August 17, 2019 9:31 PM  • 
Highland CA 92346
$438
3.60  hrs
1.70  hrs
2007 Kia Rio 1.6L L4 Base
165,000 miles
Carlos P  • 
 • 
Las Vegas NV 89103
$336
3.70  hrs
1.50  hrs
2007 Kia Rio 1.6L L4 Base
135,566 miles
Keisha L  • 
 • 
Gardena CA 90249
$360
5.40  hrs
1.60  hrs
2007 Kia Rio 1.6L L4 Base
135,566 miles
Keisha L  • 
 • 
Gardena CA 90249
$360
1.90  hrs
1.70  hrs
2007 Kia Rio 1.6L L4 Base
135,617 miles
Keisha L  • 
 • 
Gardena CA 90249
$360
3.40  hrs
1.50  hrs
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Nov 13, 2020 5:47 PM
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What is an Alternator?

The alternator is responsible for two things. First, it powers the electrical units when your car is running. The radio, lights, window switches, USB ports, etc., are all powered by the alternator. And second, it recharges the car’s battery, which is the source of electricity when the car is turned off. Your car’s alternator gains power from the engine. It’s connected to the engine via a drive belt, and it converts that energy into usable electricity. It’s a pretty simple system. However, the alternator does need to be regulated, to make sure that nothing is overcharged or undercharged. In older cars, that’s the job of the voltage regulator. In newer cars, the engine control module (ECM) is responsible for those duties.
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Symptoms of a failing Alternator

Car won’t start

When your car is running, the alternator uses energy from the engine to recharge the battery. When the car is off, it needs that electricity from the battery in order to turn back on. If the car won’t turn on, it may be because the alternator isn’t recharging the battery.

Hard starting

Similarly, if the alternator isn’t charging the battery sufficiently, you’ll likely have trouble starting the car, also known as a hard start.

Stalling

You might think that these issues only arise when starting the vehicle, but a malfunctioning alternator can actually result in stalling when your car is turned on.

Lights that are too bright or too dim

If the alternator is sending too much electricity to the electrical units, your car’s lights will likely be brighter than they’re supposed to be. Conversely, if the alternator isn’t sending enough electricity, then the lights will be too dim.

Whining noise

A busted alternator will often make an annoying whining noise when the engine is running.

Warning lights

A malfunctioning alternator will usually result in a warning light or two illuminating on your dashboard. The check engine warning light and a charging system warning light are most common.

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How urgent is an Alternator replacement?

Usually a faulty alternator won’t cause further damage to the vehicle. However, if it is overcharging or undercharging certain electrical units, it is possible for some damage to occur. A malfunctioning alternator does make your car less reliable, however, due to the potential issues with stalling and starting, so it’s best to get it replaced immediately if you’re starting to notice the above symptoms.

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