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Links to DIY repair guides and vehicle maintenance tutorials for the 1st generation 2010 to 2013 Kia Forte.

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2010-2013 Kia Forte Key Fob Battery Replacement Guide
Key Fob Battery Change

1. 2010-2013 Kia Forte Key Fob Battery Replacement Guide

After a few years of use, the battery inside the key fob remote control for the keyless entry system of a first generation (2009 in Korea & China, 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013) Kia Forte can become weak or stop working entirely.

Check out my DIY tutorial for the procedure by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

2010-2013 Kia Forte Map Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
Map Light Bulbs Change

2. 2010-2013 Kia Forte Overhead Map Light Bulbs Replacement Guide

If you need to change a burnt out map light bulb in the overhead console of your first generation (2009 in Asia, 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013) Kia Forte sedan, hatchback or "Koup" check out my DIY tutorial for the procedure by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

2010-2013 Kia Forte Vanity Mirror Light Bulb Replacement Guide
Vanity Mirror Light Bulb

3. 2010-2013 Kia Forte Vanity Mirror Light Bulb Replacement Guide

If you need to change a burnt out vanity mirror light bulb in the headliner above the sun visor of your first generation (2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013) Kia Forte, take a look at my DIY tutorial for the procedure (including the replacement part numbers) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

2010-2013 Kia Forte Dome Light Bulb Replacement Guide
Dome Light Bulb Change

4. 2010-2013 Kia Forte Dome Light Bulb Replacement Guide

If you need to change a burnt out dome light bulb in the headliner of your first generation (2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013) Kia Forte, check out my DIY tutorial for the procedure (including the replacement part number) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

 

   

2010-2013 Kia Forte HVAC Cabin Air Filter Replacement Guide
Cabin Air Filter Change

5. 2010-2013 Kia Forte A/C Cabin Air Filter Replacement Guide

If the air conditioning system in your first generation Kia Forte hasn't been working as well recently or the air coming out of the vents smells a bit musty or moldy, you probably need to clean or replace the cabin air filter element in the HVAC blower motor housing.

To view my DIY instructions for the procedure, including the replacement part numbers, click on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   


Door Panel Removal

6. 2010-2013 Kia Forte Plastic Interior Door Panels Removal Guide

If you'd like to upgrade the OEM speakers in your first generation (2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013) Kia Forte, you'll first have to take off the plastic interior door panels.

Check out my door panel removal tutorial by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image on the left.

   

2010-2013 Kia Forte License Plate Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
License Plate Light Bulbs

7. 2010-2013 Kia Forte License Plate Light Bulbs Replacement Guide

If you need to change a burnt out license plate light bulb in the trunk lid of your first generation Kia Forte sedan, check out my DIY instructions for the procedure (including the replacement part number) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

2010-2013 Kia Forte Tail Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
Tail Light Bulbs Change

8. 2010-2013 Kia Forte Tail Light Bulbs Replacement Guide

The tail light housings of a first generation (2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013) Kia Forte sedan contain the brake, rear turn signal, reverse and parking light bulbs.

If you need to change any of these bulbs, check out my DIY tutorial for the procedure (including the replacement part numbers) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

2010-2013 Kia Forte Glove Box Light Bulb Replacement Guide
Glove Box Light Bulb

9. 2010-2013 Kia Forte Glove Box Light Bulb Replacement Guide
   

2010-2013 Kia Forte Headlight Bulbs Replacement Guide
Headlight Bulbs Change

10. 2010-2013 Kia Forte Headlight Bulbs Replacement Guide

The headlight assemblies of a first generation (2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013) Kia Forte contain the low beam, high beam and front turn signal light bulbs.

Take a look at my DIY instructions for the procedure (including the replacement part numbers) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.



 

2010-2013 Kia Forte Theta II 2.0L I4 Engine Air Filter Replacement Guide
2.0L I4 Engine Air Filter

11. 2010-2013 Kia Forte Theta II 2.0L I4 Engine Air Filter Replacement Guide

The engine air filter element in a Kia Forte with the Theta II 2.0 liter inline four cylinder motor should be cleaned at every oil change and replaced when dirty.

To view my DIY instructions for the procedure (including the replacement part numbers) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

2010-2013 Kia Forte Electrical Fuses Replacement Guide
Electrical Fuse Change

12. 2010-2013 Kia Forte Electrical Fuse Replacement Guide

The best place to start when troubleshooting any electrical issue with your first generation (2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013) Kia Forte is to check for a blown fuse or relay in either the engine bay or interior passenger compartment electrical panels.

Check out my DIY instructions for the procedure by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

2010-2013 Kia Forte 3rd Brake Light Bulb Replacement Guide
3rd Brake Light Bulb

13. 2010-2013 Kia Forte High Mount 3rd Brake Light Bulb Replacement Guide

If you need to change a burnt out "high mount" third brake light bulb located in a housing on the rear deck lid of your first generation (2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013) Kia Forte sedan, check out my DIY instructions for the procedure (including the replacement part number) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

2010-2013 Kia Forte Theta II 2.0L I4 Engine Spark Plugs Replacement Guide
Engine Spark Plugs

14. 2010-2013 Kia Forte 2.0L I4 Engine Spark Plugs Replacement Guide

The iridium tipped OEM spark plugs in a first generation (2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013) Kia Forte should last up to 100,000 miles, but they should be checked before that mileage.

Take a look at my DIY tutorial for the procedure, including the replacement part numbers, by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

2010-2013 Kia Forte 12 Volt Car Battery Replacement Guide
12V Car Battery Change

15. 2010-2013 Kia Forte 12V Automotive Battery Replacement Guide

If you've been having a hard time starting the engine in your Kia Forte, especially on a cold morning, and the OEM 12 volt car battery is a few years old, you probably need to replace it.

Check out my DIY tutorial for the procedure (including the replacement part numbers) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail picture over on the left side.

   

2010-2013 Kia Forte Theta II 2.0L I4 Engine Oil Change Guide
2.0L I4 Engine Oil Change

16. 2010-2013 Kia Forte Theta II 2.0L I4 Engine Oil Change Guide

The best way to keep your 1st generation (2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013) Kia Forte running reliably is to regularly change the motor oil and replace the canister style oil filter on the Hyundai Theta II 2.0 liter inline four cylinder motor.

To view my DIY instructions for the procedure (including the replacement oil filter part number) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image on the left.

   

2010-2013 Kia Forte Windshield Window Wiper Blades Replacement Guide
Windshield Wiper Blades

17. 2010-2013 Kia Forte Windshield Window Wiper Blades Replacement Guide

If you've been having trouble seeing out of the front windshield window of your Kia Forte during a rain or snow storm, you probably need to change the wiper blades.

Check out my DIY tutorial for the procedure (including the blade sizes in inches and replacement part numbers) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

2010-2013 Kia Forte Trunk Light Bulb Replacement Guide
Trunk Light Bulb Change

18. 2010-2013 Kia Forte Trunk Light Bulb Replacement Guide

If you need to change a burnt out cargo area light bulb located in the trunk of your Kia Forte sedan, check out my DIY tutorial for the procedure (including the replacement part number) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

 

   

2010-2013 Kia Forte Front Brake Pads Replacement Guide
Front Brake Pads Change

19. 2010-2013 Kia Forte Front Brake Pads Replacement Guide

If you've been hearing a squeaking or screeching sound coming from the front end of your first generation (2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013) Kia Forte when you step on the brake pedal, you probably need to change the front pads.

Take a look at my DIY instructions for the procedure (including the replacement part numbers) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

2010-2013 Kia Forte Rear Disc Brake Pads Replacement Guide
Rear Disc Brake Pads

20. 2010-2013 Kia Forte Rear Disc Brake Pads Replacement Guide

The rear disc brake pads on a Kia Forte usually last twice as the front pads or anywhere from 60,000 to over 100,000 miles depending on your driving conditions.

To view my DIY instructions for changing the rear brake pads, click on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

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