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Kia Forte Electrical Fuse Replacement Guide
How to check or change a blown electrical fuse or relay in a 1st generation 2010-2013 Kia Forte sedan with photos.

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2013 Forte Engine Bay Fuse Box
Push In Release Tab
Push In 2nd Tab - Rear
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the first generation (2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013) Kia Forte in checking or changing a blown fuse or relay in either the engine bay or interior passenger compartment electrical panels.

Owners of other Kia or Hyundai vehicles such as the Optima, Cadenza, K900, Sorento, Sportage, Sedona, Soul, Elantra, Veloster, Sonata, Azera, Tucson, Santa Fe, Genesis, Cerato, Spectra, Accent, Sephia, i20, i30, ix35, i40 and Equus may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

This 2013 Kia Forte EX sedan was equipped with the standard mini blade fuses.

Replacement fuses can be purchased at Walmart, Pep Boys, Advance Auto Parts, NAPA, Discount Auto Parts or online at Amazon.

A white plastic fuse puller tool should be included at the front middle area of the engine bay fuse block.

Lift Off Fuse Box Cover
Fuse Location Diagram
Engine Bay Fuse Block
The engine bay fuse box is located on the right (driver) side just behind the 12V automotive battery and next to the air filter box.

Press in the tabs on the front and rear edge of the cover to release the retaining clips.

Pull the fuse box cover straight off and turn it over to view the fuse location diagram.

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

White Plastic Fuse Puller Tool
Outer Edge- Driver Dashboard
Pull Off Access Cover
There is a white plastic fuse puller tool located at the front middle section of the engine bay fuse panel.

The interior passenger compartment fuse block is located behind a plastic access panel on the outer edge of the dashboard near the driver's door.

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


Fuse Location Diagram
Interior Fuse Panel
Place Jaws Over Old Fuse
There is a fuse location diagram on the back side of the access cover and also another one in your owner's manual.

Squeeze the end of the tool to open the jaws and place them over the fuse you'd like to check or change.

Pull Out Old Fuse
Hold Up To Light Bulb
Push In New Fuse
Pull the old fuse straight out of the socket and hold it up to a light source.

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

Push a new mini blade fuse of the same amperage rating (e.g. 5, 10, 15, 20 or 25) straight in to the socket.

Replace Fuse Puller Tool
Push On Fuse Box Cover
Replace Access Cover
Re-insert the fuse puller tool in to the engine bay electrical panel.

Replace the engine bay fuse box cover.

Re-insert the access cover for the interior passenger compartment panel.

Check the electrical component you were having issues with such as the headlights, power windows, tail lights, horn, radio, windshield wipers, A/C (air conditioning) system or the 12 volt power outlet.

If you are still having the same problem, there may be a shorted wire somewhere or the component itself is faulty and needs to be replaced.

For more, check out my other 2010-2013 Kia Forte DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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