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Kia Soul Electrical Fuse Replacement Guide
How to check or change a blown electrical fuse or a faulty relay in a 2nd generation 2014 to 2019 Kia Soul.

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2019 Soul Engine Bay
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Push In Rear Release Tab
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Push In Front Release Tab
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the 2nd generation (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019 model years) Kia Soul in checking or changing a blown fuse or a faulty relay in either the engine bay or the interior passenger compartment electrical panels.

Owners of other Kia, Hyundai or Genesis vehicles such as the Niro, Sportage, Sedona, Telluride, Sorento, Rio, Forte, Optima, K900, Cadenza, Stinger, Tucson, Santa Fe, Kona, Palisade, Elantra, Sonata, Accent, Veloster, Ioniq, Nexo, Venue, G70, G80 and G90 may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

This 2019 Kia Soul is equipped with the newest style of Micro2 or (also known as "Micro II") electrical fuses.

Please check your old fuses before purchasing new ones to verify which type of fuse is required.

(The previous first generation 2009 to 2013 Soul is equipped with "low profile" mini blade fuses.)

A white plastic fuse puller tool should be 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.

The first two steps are to open the hood and then move to the right (driver) side of the engine bay.

The rectangular shaped black plastic fuse box is located just to the right of the 12V automotive battery and behind the driver side headlight housing.

Push in the release tab on the rear of the fuse box cover and the second release tab on the front of the cover to unlock the retaining clips.



 

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Lift Off Fuse Box Cover
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Fuse Location Diagram
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Driver Side Footwell
Gently pull the cover off the top of the fuse box and turn it over.

There is a fuse location diagram on the underside of the cover along with a some spare fuses in a variety of amperage ratings.

The white plastic fuse puller tool is situated on the engine bay fuse block at the middle of the left edge.

To access the interior passenger compartment fuse panel, move to the lower outer area of the driver side dashboard.

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"Fuse OBD" Access Cover
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Insert Fingers In Opening
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Pull Out Plastic Cover
Locate the square shaped access cover with the words "FUSE OBD" printed on it.

Insert your fingers into the opening near the bottom of the cover and pull it straight out.

Turn over the cover to view the fuse location diagram.

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Fuse Location Diagram
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Interior Fuse Panel
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White Fuse Puller Tool
The interior passenger compartment electrical panel contains the fuses for the following components: 12V power outlet, head lamp, DRL, front wipers, rear wiper, stereo system amplifier, heated steering wheel, air conditioning, heater mirrors, power windows, seat heaters, door locks, stop / brake lamp, ABS system, air bags, sunroof and others.
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Pinch To Open Jaws
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Place Tool Over Old Fuse
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Pull Out Old Fuse
Pinch the end of the tool to open the jaws.

Place the jaws of the tool over the old fuse that you would like to check or change.

Pull the old fuse straight out of the socket.

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Hold Up To Light Bulb
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Micro2 ATR Fuse Type
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Push In New Fuse
To check the condition of the old fuse, hold it up to a light source.

If the thin metal strip or "band" in the translucent plastic center of the old fuse appears to be broken or burnt, the old fuse is most likely "blown" and should be replaced.

If the thin metal bar in the middle of the old fuse appears to be intact, the old fuse might still be in good working condition.

Since new fuses are so inexpensive, it should still be replaced as part of your electrical issue troubleshooting process.

Push a new Micro2 type fuse of the same amperage rating straight into the socket.

If you have an older 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 or 2013 Soul or perhaps an earlier 2nd generation 2014 or 2015 Soul, your car might be equipped with "low profile" mini blade fuses.

If you would like to add a hard wire 12 volt power source for an automotive accessory such as a dashcam (dash camera), GPS navigation unit, cell phone charger, gauge or an LED lighted Lyft / Uber sign, buy an Add-A-Circuit fuse tap holder or "piggy-back" fuse holder.

You can find a circuit in the interior fuse panel that either has "switched" power that is only "live" or "hot" when the ignition switch is in the "on" position or you can choose a circuit that is always on by using a digital multimeter tool.

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Replace Fuse Puller Tool
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Push On Fuse Box Cover
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Replace Access Cover
Make sure that the new fuse is fully seated in the socket.

Lower the cover down over the top of the engine bay fuse panel.

Push on the cover to secure the two retaining clips.

You should hear or feel the two retaining clips "click" securely into place.

Push the access cover for the interior fuse panel back into the opening in the dashboard.

Test the electrical component that you were having issues with such as the horn, A/C system, stereo, door locks, 12V power outlet, ETC.

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

If you suspect that a faulty relay is the cause of your electrical problem, the easiest way to troubleshoot the issue is to simply replace the relay with a new one of the same amperage rating.

You could also check the old relay with a digital multimeter tool.

Be sure to write down the fuse change or any other procedure in your vehicle's service records.

For more, please check out all of my 2014-2019 Kia Soul DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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