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Kia Sorento - How To Open Hood & Access Engine Bay
How to open the hood and access the engine bay of a 3rd generation 2016 to 2020 Kia Sorento SUV.

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2019 Sorento Driver Seat
Hood Release - Left
Pull Lever - Hood "POP"

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the third generation (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020) Kia Sorento SUV in opening the hood in order to access the engine bay and check the oil level, fill the windshield washer fluid or any other common procedure.

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

The first step is to open the driver's door.

Look below the dashboard near where the driver's left knee would reside while driving.

You'll see the black plastic hood release lever on the trim panel.

The release lever is located just to the left of the emergency / parking brake foot pedal.

Firmly pull out the bottom of the lever until you hear the hood latch make a loud "POP" noise.

Gently release the lever back to its resting position.


Hood Slightly Ajar
Locate Black Latch Bar
Slide Latch To Left
Move to the front of the SUV.

The hood, or "bonnet" as they say in the U.K. or other parts of the world, should be slightly raised above the chrome trim around the black plastic grille.

Insert your fingers in between the hood and the grille.

You should be aiming for the area just above the letter "A" in the "KIA" emblem / logo on the grille.

When you feel the tab sticking straight up off the latch release bar, slide it to the left.

Hold the latch release bar over to the left with one hand.

Carefully raise the hood with your other hand.

Lambda 3.3L V6 Engine
Close Up Of Latch
Latch Hook Released
This 2019 Sorento is equipped with the Lambda 3.3 liter V6 engine.
Resting Position - Locked
Hood Latch Bar
Check Oil, Fill Fluid, Etc.
When you are done checking the oil level, brake fluid level, changing the engine air filter, refilling the windshield washer fluid, changing a headlight bulb or any other procedure, you can close the hood by carefully dropping it from about 12 inches up.

Or you can carefully close the hood and then firmly push on it with two hands to engage the latch.

Make sure the hood is fully closed before driving.

Please take a look at all of my 2016-2020 Kia Sorento DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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