Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: The car stalls - 2010 Kia Rio

asked by on

The car stalls even following a jump. Its as though the battery is either very weak and lights, etc are draining it very fast. Is this battery just about dead and should be charged directly from another car, or is it something else?

My car has 74000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Both the alternator and battery should be checked for proper operation. After being jump-started, the car should continue to run, even if the battery is dead (unless the battery has an internal short). The alternator should produce enough power to allow the engine to run, even with the lights on. Your alternator may have failed which is causing the problem. To have this verified, I recommend having a certified professional, like one from YourMechanic, diagnose the stalling problem so that this can be taken care of appropriately.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: the engine is cranking but not starting

Hi there. If your troubles instantly occurred; meaning your were driving just fine, then the engine shut down and no longer starts, it's likely that you damaged an ignition or electrical system component. Although the distributor or cap and internal...

Q: My car won't start

Hello Sam, thanks for writing in. When the vehicle stalls out like this, or has trouble running and starting, you need to look into the fuel, air, and spark systems. Since you have attempted to address the fuel issue, turn...

Q: How do I turn on the fog light?

The fog light provides added visibility when you are driving in foggy or misty conditions. To turn on the fog lights, rotate the Fog Light switch (located on the turn signal lever) to the on position.

Related articles

Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.