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Kia Sportage Electrical Fuse Replacement Guide
How to check or change a blown electrical fuse or relay in a 3rd generation 2011-2016 Kia Sportage SUV with photos.

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2014 Sportage Fuse Box
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Press In Release Tab
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Lift Off Fuse Box Cover

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the third generation (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016) Kia Sportage SUV in checking or changing a blown fuse or relay in either the engine bay or interior passenger compartment electric panels.

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

This 2014 Kia Sportage was equipped with the newer style "Low Profile" mini blade fuses.

If necessary, they may also be replaced with the slightly taller standard mini blade fuses.

New low profile mini blade fuses in a variety of amperage ratings (e.g. 5, 10, 15, 20, 25) can be purchased at various stores such as Walmart, Pep Boys, Advance Auto Parts, Napa, Discount Auto Parts or online at Amazon.

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

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Fuse Location Diagram
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White Plastic Fuse Puller Tool
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Interior Fuse Panel Cover
The engine bay fuse box is located at the right (driver) side of the engine bay next to the 12V automotive battery.

Press in the release tab on the 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 at the front left corner of the engine bay fuse block.

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Pull Out Access Cover
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Fuse Location Diagram
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Interior Fuse Block
The interior passenger compartment fuse panel is located behind a rectangular plastic access cover on the lower area of the dashboard in front of where the driver's left knee would normally reside.

Insert your fingers in to the opening at the bottom of the panel and gently pull it out of the dashboard.

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



 

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Place Jaws Over Old Fuse
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Pull Out Old Fuse
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Hold Up To Light Source
Squeeze the end of the white plastic fuse puller tool and place the open jaws over the fuse you'd like to check or change.

Pull the old fuse straight out of the socket and hold it up to a light source.

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 should still be good. But since new fuses are so cheap, it should still be replaced as part of your electrical issue troubleshooting process.

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Push In New Fuse
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Re-Inset Fuse Puller Tool
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Insert Tabs On Top
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 left corner of the panel.

Re-insert the tabs on the top edge of the interior fuse block access cover in first before gently snapping in the retaining clips on the bottom edge.

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Push In Bottom Edge
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Replace Fuse Box Cover
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Push Down Retaining Clip

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

Double check that the fuse box cover is secure.

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.

Check out my other 2011-2015 Kia Sportage DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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