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Old 09-08-2018, 10:44 PM   #1
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2004 Kia Optima

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I have a story to tell. Hopefully someone knows the answer.

So I'm driving down the highway on my way back to campus and suddenly I loose power in my and can no longer drive. So I try to brake and my braking isn't working, it's as if its locked. So I make a swift move over to the right side of the rode and emergency brake. After being on the road for a while I see some liquid leaking beside the passenger tire. Does anyone know what's wrong with my car?
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Re: 2004 Kia Optima

The loss of power and hard braking makes it seem like the car shut off. I'm betting the liquid by the tire was condensation from the air conditioner and unrelated to everything else.
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Re: 2004 Kia Optima

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The loss of power and hard braking makes it seem like the car shut off. I'm betting the liquid by the tire was condensation from the air conditioner and unrelated to everything else.
It doesn't turn on now though. I think it may have something to do with brake lining.
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Brake lining has nothing to do with a car starting. Your issue lies elsewhere.
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Re: 2004 Kia Optima

I was on my phone when I posted the last response, so let me now expand further.

A brake lining issue would not cause hard braking. If it were indeed a brake line issue the pedal would be very soft. Brakes are hydraulic and vacuum assisted. When the engine shut off you lost your vacuum assist, making it difficult to brake.

If a brake line blew you'd have had a much harder time stopping because the pedal would have went to the floor and the brake wouldn't have been able to grab the rotor due to the loss of hydraulic pressure.

My guess is your alternator may have went, causing your battery to die.
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