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The second generation Optima, known as the Kia Magentis globally except the United States and Malaysia, and as the Kia Lotze in South Korea, was launched in South Korea in November 2005.

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Engine stalls, belt squeals and battery light comes on when raining.

My wife’s car is a 2010 Kia Optima. She tells me that when she’s driving in the rain or hits a puddle or a car passes her and splashes water on the passenger side of the vehicle the engine stalls, the steering wheel locks up, the battery light comes on and the belt squeals. The car doesn’t do it when it’s dry. The belts and everything are on the passenger side. I sprayed water on the belt, and other things but can’t get it to do it for me. Any ideas on what the issue may be?

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Chris H sounds like it loses electrical power when it gets wet. Engine stalls, belt squeals Steering wheel locking all sounds like the engine stalls because of that electrical loss. We really would need to see what you are looking at. Alternator location, fuses boxes and bad wires could all come into play. Adicionar imagens a uma pergunta já existente First thing I'd be checking is the alternator. Of course, check the belt tension and make sure it is as tight as it should. Do not work on the engine while it is running. Those belts are unforgiving and can really do some bodily harm.


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From what I can see you aren't the only one this happens to. It sounds like what you are describing here is the serpentine belt slipping around the pulleys for the alternator and power steering pump when wet. There are a couple of things that can cause this issue. First, there should be a plastic shield on the underside of the vehicle to prevent the rain water from splashing up. If this is not present, this may be the problem. If the shield is in place, next inspect the belt itself. Check the flat side for excessive "glazing" (it will appear "shiny") on the flat side. Inspect the ribbed side for excessive cracks along the ribs. If there are any doubts, replace the belt. If the belt checks ok, then the problem will lie in the belt tensioner not keeping the belt tight enough and it will need to be replaced.

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