This morning my wife’s 2007 Kia Sorento LX wouldn’t start. Checked battery voltage and it was 9.9v, I jumped it, and got it running. Was going to follow her into town on the way to work to swap out the battery. Almost as soon as she left the driveway she pulled off onto the shoulder. “it lurched and the dash lite up” according to her. I got behind the wheel and that’s exactly what happened. Loss of power and the check engine, ABS, Brake, ESC off & ESC light come on. They go off almost immediately and power picks back up. Happens a few more times as I limp it back home. Check the voltage with it running and it’s only about 12.5. It’s the Alternator I think, so the closest one in stock is a reman’d one. Pick it up and tackle replacing it after work. That 2 prong plug on the back is a bear to disconnect. Get everything back together and jump it again to get it running. Check voltage and it’s 14.5. Hook up my ODBII reader and load Torque on my phone. Watching the voltage in Torque I go for a test drive and it’s doing the exact same thing as before. Loss of power and all the same lights. When that happens the voltage is dropping to 9 volts. I’m done for the day so I’m looking for advice. I plan on checking for loose grounds tomorrow and getting the battery checked at the local parts store. I may have them check the removed alternator while I’m at it. Did I get a bad reman’d alternator, or is it something much worse?
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