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Kia Sorento Electrical Fuses Replacement Guide
How to check or change a blown electrical fuse or relay in a 2nd generation 2010-2015 Kia Sorento SUV with photos.

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2014 Sorento Engine Bay Fuse Box
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Push In Front Release Tab
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Release Rear Retaining Clip

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the second generation (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015) Kia Sorento SUV in checking or changing a blown fuse or relay in either the engine bay or interior passenger compartment electrical panels.

Owners of other Kia and Hyundai vehicles such as the Optima, Forte, Cadenza, K900, Rio, Sportage, Sedona, Soul, Elantra, Veloster, Sonata, Azera, Tucson, Santa Fe, Genesis and Equus may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

This 2014 Sorento is equipped with the newer style "low profile" mini blade fuses. Replacement fuses in a variety of amperage ratings (e.g. 5, 10, 15, 20 & 25) can be purchased at various retail stores such as Walmart, Advance Auto Parts, Pep Boys, Napa Auto Parts or online at Amazon.

If necessary, the low profile mini blade fuses can be replaced with the slightly taller standard mini blade electrical fuses.

A white plastic fuse puller tool is included on the engine bay fuse block. If the tool is missing, you may instead use a pair of needle nose pliers with rubber insulated handles.

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Fuse Location Diagram
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Engine Bay Fuse Block
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White Plastic Fuse Puller Tool
The engine bay fuse box is located on the right side of the engine bay next to the engine air filter box and behind the 12V automotive battery.

Push in the release tabs on the front and rear edge of the fuse box cover before pulling it straight off.

There is a fuse location diagram on the underside of the cover and also another one in your owner's manual.

The white plastic fuse puller tool is located on the front right area of the engine bay fuse block.

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Interior Panel Access Panel
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Pull Off Access Cover
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Fuse Location Diagram
The interior passenger compartment fuse panel is located behind a square plastic access cover on the left side of the dashboard in front of the driver's left knee.

Put your fingers in to the opening at the bottom of the access cover and gently pull it off.

There is a fuse location diagram on the back side of the access cover and also another one in the owner's manual.



 

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Interior Fuse Panel
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Place Jaws Over Old Fuse
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Pull Out Old Fuse
Squeeze the end of the fuse puller tool to open the jaws.

Place the jaws over the top of the old fuse you'd like to check or change.

Pull the old fuse straight out of the socket.

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Hold Fuse Up To Light
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Push In New Fuse
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Re-Insert Fuse Puller Tool
Hold the old fuse up to a light bulb and examine it.

If the thin metal strip inside the translucent plastic middle section appears to be broken or burnt, then the old fuse is most likely "blown" and should be replaced with a new one of the same amperage rating (e.g. 5, 10, 15, 20 or 25).

If the thin metal bar in the center of the old fuse appears to be intact, it might still be good. But since new fuses are so cheap, it should still be replaced as part of your electrical issue troubleshooting process.

Push a new low profile mini blade fuse of the same amperage rating straight in to the socket.

Replace the white plastic fuse puller tool in to its holder near the front right corner of the engine bay fuse panel.

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Push On Fuse Box Cover
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Replace Access Panel
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Panel Secured In Dashboard

Lower the engine bay fuse panel cover and gently push it down in place to secure the two retaining clips.

Double check that the fuse box cover is secure.

Re-insert the two tabs on the top of the interior passenger compartment fuse panel access cover and then gently snap in the bottom edge.

Test the electrical component that you were having issues with such as the radio, wiper blades, tail lights, headlights, power windows, door locks, etc.

If you are still having the same electrical problem, you might have a shorted wire somewhere or the component itself needs to be replaced.

For more, check out my other Kia Sorento DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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