My car won't start. I'm not sure if it's the starter or alternator.


Asked by Jul 14, 2015 at 11:03 AM about the 2013 Kia Optima EX

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 2013 Kia Optima with a push start.
For the past week or two, when I go to start
my car, it clicks a couple times but will not
start. My battery is only 3 months old. I took
it to o'reilly's & they told me my starter was
fine but my alternator was shot & the
alternator was making my battery go dead
as well. So, I took my car to a shop to get
my alternator fixed, as well as some body
work. 11 days later, I picked my car up and
he told me my alternator was fine. He tested
the battery and said it was working correctly,
which made him think it was the starter. I'm
trying to find someone to fix my
starter/alternator, but I'm trying to figure out
exactly which one it is until I can find
someone who can fix it.

9 Answers


If you hear the click,and battery is good,it will be a bad starter.

Best Answer

Thank you!


From what my mechanic told me, my battery terminals are loose. I'm getting new ones tomorrow. Hopefully that will fix the problem. It doesn't make sense to me that O'Reilly's would say it's my alternator if it wasn't. I've had two different mechanics look at my alternator & they both said it looks fine. I just hope the new terminals will fix my problem.


Hope fully just the cables loose,if not you no what it is ,good luck with it.


Thanks everyone. I appreciate the feedback!

Brandy Wilson

my car was running saturday and in the middle of driving it shut off. called my mechanic NOT THE HIGH PRICE DEALER FOR DIAGNOSING AND REPAIRING. FINDS OUT THAT what ever made my car shut down killed my starter and battery. i have a kia optima 2012. so they installed them and NOTHING. MY WARRANTY ONLY COVERS THE POWER TRAIN. I HOPE THIS INFO HELPS. IT IS AT THE KIA DEALERSHIP NOW. WAITING FOR THE DIAGNOSIS


Hi my Kia optima won't turn over at all I put the key in all of the lights are on but when I turn the key nothing

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2001 Kia optima was running fine and today I put the key in to start I turn it and I could hear the fuel pump and all the lights on the dash are on but nothing no click

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We have the same problem as Cmj57585, but ours is a 2011 Optima. Any ideas/suggestions?

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