Kia Sportage: Electrical circuit protection
Fuses A vehicleвЂ™s electrical system is protected from electrical overload damage by fuses. This vehicle has two fuse panels, one located in the driver's side panel bolster, the other in the engine compartment near the battery. If any of your vehicleвЂ™s lights, accessories, or controls do not work, check the appropriate circuit fuse. If a fuse has blown, the element inside the fuse will be melted. If the electrical system does not work, first check the driverвЂ™s side fuse panel. Always replace a blown fuse with one of the same rating. If the replacement fuse blows, this indicates an electrical problem. Avoid using the system involved and immediately consult an Authorized Kia Dealer. Two kinds of fuses are used: standard for lower amperage rating and main for higher amperage ratings. Fuse replacement
WARNING - Fuse replacement вЂў Never replace a fuse with anything but another fuse of the same rating. вЂў A higher capacity fuse could cause damage possibly a fire. вЂў Never install a wire instead of the proper fuse - even as a temporary repair. It may cause extensive wiring damage and possibly a fire.
NOTICE Do not use a screwdriver or any other metal object to remove fuses because it may cause a short circuit and damage the system.
DriverвЂ™s side panel 1. Turn the ignition switch and all other switches off. 2. Open the left side trim of the driverвЂ™s instrument panel. Do not remove the trim from the panel completely. 3. Pull the suspected fuse straight out. Use the removal tool provided in the fuse panel. 4. Check the removed fuse; replace it if it is blown. Spare fuses are provided in the fuse panel.
5. Push in a new fuse of the same rating, and make sure it fits tightly in the clips. If it fits loosely, consult an Authorized Kia Dealer. If you do not have a spare, use a fuse of the same rating from a circuit you may not need for operating the vehicle, such as the cigar lighter fuse. If the headlights or other electrical components do not work and the fuses are OK, check the fuse block in the engine compartment. If a fuse is blown, it must be replaced.
Engine compartment 1. Turn the ignition switch and all other switches off. 2. Remove the fuse box cover by pressing the taps on both ends and pulling up. 3. Check the removed fuse; replace it if it is blown. To remove or insert the fuse, use the fuse puller in the driver's side panel in the vehicle. 4. Push in a new fuse of the same rating, and make sure it fits tightly in the clips. If it fits loosely, consult an Authorized Kia Dealer.
NOTICE After checking the fuse box in the engine compartment, securely install the fuse box cover. If not, electrical failures may occur from water leaking in.
Main fuse If the ALT fuse is blown, it must be removed as follows: 1. Disconnect the negative battery cable. 2. Remove the screws shown in the picture above. 3. Replace the fuse with a new one of the same rating. 4. Reinstall in the reverse order of removal.
NOTICE If the ALT fuse is blown, consult an Authorized Kia Dealer.
Fuse/Relay panel description Inside the fuse/relay box covers, you can find the fuse/relay label describing fuse/relay name and capacity.
DriverвЂ™s side panel
Power connector fuse Your vehicle is equipped with a power connector fuse to prevent battery discharge if your vehicle is parked without being operated for prolonged periods. Use the following procedures before parking the vehicle for prolonged period. 1. Turn off the engine. 2. Turn off the headlights and tail lights. 3. Open the driverвЂ™s side panel cover and pull up the вЂњP/CONN 30AвЂќ.
NOTICE вЂў If the power connector fuse is pulled up from the fuse panel, the warning chime, audio, clock and interior lamps, etc., will not operate. Some items must be reset after replacement. (Refer to вЂњItems to be resetВ·В·В·.вЂќ on page 7-34) вЂў Even though the power connector fuse is pulled up, the battery can still be discharged by operation of the headlights or other electrical devices.
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