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Kia Sportage Electrical Fuses Replacement Guide
How to check or change a blown electrical fuse or a faulty relay in a 4th generation 2017 to 2022 Kia Sportage SUV.

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Paul B. Michaels
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Auto Mechanic Since 1989

2018 Sportage Engine Bay
Engine Bay Fuse Box
Push In Rear Release Tab
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the fourth generation (2017, 2018, 2019 and probably also the refreshed 2020, 2021 and 2022) Kia Sportage SUV in checking or changing a blown electrical fuse or a faulty relay in either the engine bay or the interior passenger compartment electrical panels.

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

The Sportage is equipped with Micro2 electrical fuses that can be purchased at any auto parts store, Walmart or online at Amazon.

A white plastic fuse puller tool should be included on the main electrical panel in the engine bay.

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 square black plastic primary fuse and relay box is located just behind the 12V automotive battery and to the right of the engine air filter box.


Push In Front Release Tab
Lift Off Fuse Box Cover
Fuse Location Diagram
Gently push in the release tab on the rear edge of the fuse box cover to release the retaining clip.

Then push in the tab on the front edge of the cover to release the second retaining clip.

Pull the cover straight off the top of the fuse box.

Turn over the cover to view the fuse and relay location diagram.

There is also another location diagram in your owner's manual.

Engine Bay Electrical Panel
White Fuse Puller Tool
Remove Plastic Tool
There is a white plastic fuse puller tool located near the right rear corner of the engine bay fuse block.

Pull the tool straight out of its socket.

Driver Side Dashboard
Fuse / OBD Access Cover
Pull Out Access Cover
The interior passenger compartment electrical panel is located at the bottom left area of the dashboard on the driver's side where your left knee would normally reside while driving.

The access cover is marked with the words "FUSE" and "OBD".

Insert your fingers into the opening in the bottom of the cover and pull it out of the dashboard.

Fuse Location Diagram
Interior Fuse Panel
Place Jaws Over Old Fuse
Turn over the access panel to view the fuse location diagram.

Pinch the end of the fuse puller tool to open the jaws.

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


Pull Out Old Fuse
Hold Up To Light Bulb
Inspect Old Fuse
Pull the old fuse straight out of the socket.

To check the condition of the old fuse, hold it up to a light source.

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

If the thin metal band in the middle of the old fuse appears to be intact, the old fuse is most likely still good.

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

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

Push In New Fuse
New Fuse Installed
Replace Fuse Puller Tool
Push a new Micro2 electrical fuse of the same amperage rating (e.g. 5A, 10A, 15A, 20 amps) straight into the socket.

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

Pull the old relay straight out of the socket and push in a new one.

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

Replace the fuse puller tool into its holder at the top right of the engine bay fuse block.

Push On Fuse Box Cover
Re-Insert Tabs - Top Edge
Pop In Bottom Edge
Push the cover back into place over the top of the engine bay electrical panel.

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

Line up the access cover with the opening in the dashboard for the interior passenger compartment electrical panel.

First, re-insert the two tabs on the top edge of the cover.

Then gently snap in the retaining clips on the bottom edge.

Test the electrical component that you were having problems with such as the radio, power driver's seat, power windows, horn, A/C system, window wipers, tail lights, headlights, etc.

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

Please check out all of my 2017-2022 Kia Sportage DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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