Paul's Travel Pictures

Kia Sorento 12V Automotive Battery Replacement Guide
How to change a dead 12 volt car battery in the engine bay of a 2nd generation 2010 to 2015 Kia Sorento with photos.

Main Menu            Home           Digital Cameras

Misc. Pictures            Articles            My Blog

Paul B. Michaels
Author & Photographer
Auto Mechanic Since 1989

2014 Sorento 12V Battery
Loosen Plastic Screw
Pull Out Fastener
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the second generation (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015) Kia Sorento SUV in changing a dead 12V automotive battery in the engine bay.

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

The OEM (original equipment manufacturer) 12V battery in this 2014 Tucson is Solite part number CMF68L-BCI.

Other compatible Group Size 124R batteries with their part numbers include the following: Kia 37110-24001U, EverStart (Walmart) MAXX-124R, AutoCraft Gold 24FH, Napa Legend BAT 75124R and ProStart # 24FH700PS.

The tools needed to replace the battery include a Phillips head screwdriver, a 10mm socket, a 12mm socket and a 1/4" drive ratchet.

3 Air Intake Fasteners
Lift Out Air Intake Assembly
Old 12V Battery Exposed
The 12 volt car battery is located at the front right area of the engine bay.

To access the old battery, you'll first have to remove the air intake assembly.

Loosen the black plastic screws on the three fasteners at the front edge of the air intake by turning them counterclockwise with the Phillips head screwdriver.

Then pull out the plastic fasteners and set them aside in a safe place.

Carefully lift the front of the engine air intake and remove the entire assembly from the engine bay.

Set the engine air intake assembly aside in a safe place.

Loosen Negative Terminal 10mm
Pull Off "-" Negative Terminal
Cover In Towel & Tuck Away
First loosen the nut on the negative "-" terminal (located on the driver side of the battery) by turning it counterclockwise with the 10mm socket and a ratcheting wrench.

Pull the negative terminal off the battery post, wrap it in a towel and tuck it away on the side of the battery to help prevent accidental contact.

Open Positive Terminal Cover
Loosen 10mm "+" Nut
Pull Off Positive Terminal
Flip open the plastic cover on the positive "+" terminal.

Loosen the 10mm nut on the positive terminal by rotating it counterclockwise.

Pull the positive terminal straight off the battery post, close the plastic cover and tuck it away on the side of the battery.

Positive Battery Post
Lift Off Battery Cover
Battery Hold Down Clamp
Pull the battery cover or "heat shield" off the old battery and set it aside in a safe place.

Locate the battery hold down bar at the front bottom edge of the battery.

Loosen 12mm Bolt
Battery Clamp Removed
Lift Out Old 12V Battery
Loosen the bolt on the battery clamp by rotating it counterclockwise with the 12mm socket and ratcheting wrench.

Remove the battery hold down bar and the bolt. Set them aside in a safe place.

Carefully lift the old battery out of the engine bay and gently set it down on the ground.

Try to avoid tipping over or dropping the old battery to prevent from having battery acid leak out.


Clean Off Battery Tray
Lower In New 124R Battery
Replace Battery Hold Down Bar
Clean off any debris from the battery tray so that the new battery will rest evenly.

Carefully lower the new battery in to the engine bay with the "+" positive battery post on the left (passenger) side and the "-" negative battery post on the right (driver) side.

Line up the battery hold down clamp and spin in the 12mm bolt a few turns by hand to prevent it from becoming cross threaded.

Tighten 12mm Clockwise
Replace Battery Heat Shield
Push On Positive Terminal
Tighten the 12mm bolt on the battery hold down bar by turning it clockwise until it is snug.

Try to avoid over tightening the bolt to prevent from damaging the bottom edge of the battery which could lead to an acid leak.

Lower the heat shield cover over the new battery.

If you've had trouble with corrosion on your battery posts, consider using some felt anti-corrosion washers.

Push the positive terminal on to the "+" battery post.

Tighten 10mm "+" Nut
Close Positive Terminal Cover
Push On "-" Terminal
Tighten the 10mm nut on the positive terminal by turning it in the clockwise direction.

Don't over tighten the terminal nut to prevent from cracking the battery post.

Close the plastic cover over the positive terminal.

Push the negative terminal on to the "-" battery post.

Tighten 10mm Clockwise
Lower In Air Intake
Push In Plastic Fastener
Tighten the 10mm nut on the negative terminal in the clockwise direction until it is snug.

Lower in the air intake assembly and push in the three plastic fasteners.

Pop In Plastic Screw
3 Fasteners Replaced
Engine Air Intake Secured
Pop in the three black plastic screws to secure the fasteners.

Test the new 12V battery by starting the engine and turning on the headlights.

Be sure to adjust the time on the clock and program your preset radio stations before driving.

For more, check out my other Kia Sorento DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

If you found this guide to be helpful, please consider making a small donation by clicking on the "Donate" button located to the right of this paragraph. Thank you!
(Note: I am not a registered charity. Donations are not tax deductible.)

Main Menu       Home       Digital Cameras

Misc. Pictures       Articles       My Blog


Copyright 2024
 All Rights Reserved

Paul's Travel Pictures is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to

Privacy Policy     About Paul & Author Contact Info