My wife owns a 2006 Kia Sedona minivan, which besides a distressing appetite for headlight bulbs, is a wonderful van to cart around us and the kids. About three days ago my wife drove the van across a very rough section of road work to take the kids to daycare, parked the van, ran the kids into daycare, came back out and turned the key. Nada. No bell, no relay click, no starter, no radio, nothing. So she has the van jump started and drives home. Gets home, stops the van and kills the engine. A couple minutes later she turns the key and it starts as nice as can be. I think ‘Battery or alternator’ issues, so when I get home I break out my VOM, start the van, and measure the voltage at the battery. 13.98 ~ 14.02 volts. Good alternator I think, so, I take the van to the parts store where I bought the battery 4 months ago. They test the battery and call it good. They then test the alternator. Also good. I scratch my head, and then drive it all over the place for a day. Runs as sweet as can be. I give it back to my wife, and she drives it to daycare the next morning. Same thing happens, and van is dead. She opens the hood and waits for another jump, but before the jump start, after the hood had been up for about 10 minutes she turns the key and gets one bell ding, then dead again.
My question is this: Can this still be a battery issue, or something worse?