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Links to DIY repair guides and vehicle maintenance tutorials for the 3rd generation 2011 to 2016 Kia Sportage.

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2011-2015 Kia Sportage Key Fob Battery Replacement Guide
Key Fob Battery Change

1. 2011-2016 Kia Sportage Key Fob Battery Replacement Guide

After a few years of daily use, the battery inside the key fob remote control for the keyless entry system of a third generation (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016) Kia Sportage can become weak or stop working entirely.

Check out my DIY tutorial for changing the key fob battery (including the replacement part number) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

2011-2015 Kia Sportage Map Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
Sportage Map Light Bulbs

2. 2011-2016 Kia Sportage Map Light Bulbs Replacement Guide

If you need to change a burnt out map light bulb in the overhead console of your 3rd generation Kia Sportage or you'd like to upgrade both bulbs to brighter LED units, check out my DIY instructions (with the replacement part number) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

2011-2015 Kia Sportage Dome Light Bulb Replacement Guide
Sportage Dome Light Bulb

3. 2011-2016 Kia Sportage Dome Light Bulb Replacement Guide

 

   

2011-2015 Kia Sportage Cabin Air Filter Replacement Guide
Sportage Cabin Air Filter

4. 2011-2016 Kia Sportage HVAC Cabin Air Filter Replacement Guide

If the A/C system in your third generation (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016) Kia Sportage hasn't been working very well recently or the air coming out of the vents smells musty or moldy, you probably need to clean or change the cabin air filter element located in the blower motor housing.

To view my DIY tutorial for the procedure (including replacement filter part numbers) click on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

2011-2015 Kia Sportage Rear Window Wiper Blade Replacement Guide
Sportage Rear Wiper

5. 2011-2016 Kia Sportage Rear Window Wiper Blade Replacement Guide

If you've been having trouble seeing out of the back window of your third generation Kia Sportage during a rain or snow storm, you probably need to change the rear windshield window wiper blade.

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.

   

2011-2015 Kia Sportage Cargo Area Light Bulb Replacement Guide
Sportage Cargo Light

6. 2011-2016 Kia Sportage Cargo Area Light Bulb Replacement Guide
   

2011-2015 Kia Sportage Interior Door Panel Removal Guide
Sportage Door Panel

7. 2011-2016 Kia Sportage Interior Door Panel Removal Guide

If you'd like to upgrade the OEM door speakers, add soundproofing material, fix a faulty electrical switch or replace a broken power window motor, you'll first need to take off the plastic interior door panel.

To view my DIY instructions for the door panel removal procedure, click on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

2011-2015 Kia Sportage Tail Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
Sportage Tail Light Bulbs

8. 2011-2016 Kia Sportage Tail Light Bulbs Replacement Guide

The tail light housings of a third generation (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016) Kia Sportage contain the brake, rear turn signal, reverse, rear side marker and parking light bulbs.

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

   

2011-2015 Kia Sportage License Plate Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
License Plate Light Bulbs

9. 2011-2016 Kia Sportage License Plate Light Bulbs Replacement Guide

If you need to change a burnt out license plate light bulb in the rear bumper cover of your third generation Kia Sportage, check out my DIY instructions for the procedure by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail picture to the left.

You may also want to replace both OEM traditional incandescent bulbs with brighter LED units.



 

2011-2015 Kia Sportage Headlight Bulbs Replacement Guide
Sportage Headlight Bulbs

10. 2011-2016 Kia Sportage Headlight Bulbs Replacement Guide

The headlight housings of a third generation (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016) Kia Sportage contain the low beam, high beam, front turn signal and front side marker light bulbs.

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

   

2011-2015 Kia Sportage Engine Air Filter Replacement Guide
Engine Air Filter Change

11. 2011-2016 Kia Sportage Theta II 2.4L I4 Engine Air Filter Replacement Guide

The engine air filter element in a 3rd generation Kia Sportage should be cleaned at every oil change and replaced when dirty.

This tutorial was created with a 2014 Sportage which has the Hyundai Theta II GDI 2.4L I4 engine. The 2011, 2012 and 2013 model years have the previous Theta II 2.4L motor without GDI. The steps should be very similar if not the same for those model years.

   

2011-2015 Kia Sportage Electrical Fuse Replacement Guide
Sportage Electrical Fuses

12. 2011-2016 Kia Sportage Electrical Fuse Replacement Guide

The first step to troubleshooting any electrical problem with your third generation Kia Sportage 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.

   

2011-2015 Kia Sportage 12V Automotive Battery Replacement Guide
Sportage 12V Battery

13. 2011-2016 Kia Sportage 12V Automotive Battery Replacement Guide

If you've been having trouble starting the engine in your third generation (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016) Kia Sportage, especially on a cold morning, and the 12 volt car battery is a few years old, you probably need to replace it.

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

   

2011-2015 Kia Sportage Windshield Window Wiper Blades Replacement Guide
Windshield Wiper Blades

14. 2011-2016 Kia Sportage Windshield Wiper Blades Replacement Guide
   

2011-2015 Kia Sportage Glove Box Light Bulb Replacement Guide
Glove Box Light Bulb

15. 2011-2016 Kia Sportage Glove Box Light Bulb Replacement Guide
   

2011-2015 Kia Sportage Engine Spark Plugs Replacement Guide
Engine Spark Plugs

16. 2011-2016 Kia Sportage Theta II 2.4L Engine Spark Plugs Replacement Guide

The iridium tipped OEM spark plugs in the Theta II 2.4 liter inline four cylinder engine of a third generation (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016) Kia Sportage can last up to 100,000 miles.

But the spark plugs should be checked before that time to verify that the engine is running properly and to ensure that they do not become stuck or "frozen" in the cylinder.

   

2011-2015 Kia Sportage 2.4L I4 Engine Oil Change Guide
2.4L I4 Engine Oil Change

17. 2011-2016 Kia Sportage Theta II 2.4L I4 Engine Oil Change Guide

The best way to keep your third generation Kia Sportage running reliably for many years is to regularly change the motor oil and replace the canister style oil filter on the Hyundai Theta II 2.4L I4 engine.

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

   

2011-2015 Kia Sportage Front Brake Pads Replacement Guide
Sportage Front Brake Pads

18. 2011-2016 Kia Sportage Front Brake Pads Replacement Guide

If you've been hearing a squeaking, screeching or squealing sound coming from the front of your Sportage when you step on the brake pedal, you probably need to change the front brake pads.

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

   

2011-2015 Kia Sportage Rear Disc Brake Pads Replacement Guide
Rear Disc Brake Pads

19. 2011-2016 Kia Sportage Rear Disc Brake Pads Replacement Guide

The rear disc brake pads on a third generation Sportage should last twice as long as the front pads or anywhere from 60,000 to over 100,000 miles depending on your driving conditions.

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

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