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Kia Optima Maintenance & Repair Guides
Links to DIY repair and vehicle maintenance "how-to" tutorials for the 3rd generation 2011 to 2015 Kia Optima.

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Kia Optima Key Fob Battery Replacement Guide
Optima Key Fob Battery

1. 2011-2015 Kia Optima Key Fob Battery Replacement Guide

After a few years of daily use, the battery inside the key fob remote control of a third generation (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015) Kia Optima can become weak or quit working entirely.

Check out my DIY instructions for the procedure by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   


Optima Map Light Bulbs

2. 2011-2015 Kia Optima Map Light Bulbs Replacement Guide

If you need to change a burnt out map light bulb in the overhead console of your 3rd generation Kia Optima, check out my DIY tutorial by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

Kia Optima Dome Light Bulb Replacement Guide
Optima Dome Light Bulb

3. 2011-2015 Kia Optima Dome Light Bulb Replacement Guide
   

Kia Optima Cabin Air Filter Replacement Guide
Optima Cabin Air Filter

4. 2011-2015 Kia Optima HVAC Cabin Air Filter Replacement Guide

If the A/C system in your 3rd generation (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015) Kia Optima doesn't blow as hard any more or smells a bit funky, you probably need to clean or change the cabin air filter element in the HVAC blower motor housing.

Check out my DIY instructions for the procedure, including replacement part numbers, by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

Kia Optima Windshield Wiper Blades Replacement Guide
Optima Wiper Blades

5. 2011-2015 Kia Optima Windshield Window Wiper Blades Replacement Guide
   

Kia Optima Interior Door Panel Removal Guide
Optima Door Panel

6. 2011-2015 Kia Optima Interior Door Panel Removal Guide

If you'd like to upgrade the OEM door speakers in your 3rd generation Kia Optima sedan, you'll first have to take off the interior door panels.

To view my DIY tutorial for the procedure, including compatible replacement speaker sizes, click on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

Kia Optima License Plate Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
Optima License Lights

7. 2011-2015 Kia Optima License Plate Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
   

Kia Optima Tail Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
Optima Tail Light Bulbs

8. 2011-2015 Kia Optima Tail Light Bulbs Replacement Guide

The tail light housings of a 3rd generation (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015) Kia Optima sedan contain the brake, rear turn signal, side marker, reverse and parking light bulbs.

If you need to change any of these bulbs, check out my DIY tutorial for the procedure by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

Kia Optima Trunk Light Bulb Replacement Guide
Optima Trunk Light Bulb

9. 2011-2015 Kia Optima Trunk Light Bulb Replacement Guide


 

Kia Optima Headlight Bulbs Replacement Guide
Optima Headlight Bulbs

10. 2011-2015 Kia Optima Headlight Bulbs Replacement Guide

The headlight housings of a 3rd generation (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015) Kia Optima sedan contain the low beam, high beam, front turn signal and front side marker light bulbs.

If you need to change any of these bulbs, check out my detailed DIY tutorial by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

Kia Optima Fog Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
Optima Fog Light Bulbs

11. 2011-2015 Kia Optima Fog Light Bulbs Replacement Guide

If you need to change a burnt out fog light bulb in the front bumper of your third generation Kia Optima sedan, check out my DIY instructions for the procedure by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

Kia Optima GDI 2.4L I4 Engine Spark Plugs Replacement Guide
Optima 2.4L Spark Plugs

12. 2011-2015 Kia Optima GDI 2.4L I4 Engine Spark Plugs Replacement Guide

The iridium tipped OEM (original equipment manufacturer) spark plugs in a 3rd generation (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015) Kia Optima sedan with the Hyundai Theta II 2.4 liter GDI engine should last up to 100,000 miles.

But their condition should be checked before then, even if just to make sure they do not become stuck or "frozen" in the cylinders.

   

Kia Optima 2.4L I4 Engine Air Filter Replacement Guide
Optima Engine Air Filter

13. 2011-2015 Kia Optima Theta II 2.4L Engine Air Filter Replacement Guide

The engine air filter element of a third generation Kia Optima equipped with the Theta II 2.4 liter inline four cylinder GDI engine should be checked and cleaned at every oil change and replaced when dirty.

Check out my DIY tutorial for changing the engine air filter by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

Kia Optima Electrical Fuses Replacement Guide
Optima Electrical Fuses

14. 2011-2015 Kia Optima Electrical Fuses Replacement Guide

The best place to start when troubleshooting any electrical problem with your third generation Kia Optima is to check for a blown electrical fuse in either the engine bay or passenger compartment fuse boxes.

To view my DIY tutorial for the procedure, click on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

Kia Optima 2.4L Oil Change Guide
Optima 2.4L Oil Change

15. 2011-2015 Kia Optima Theta II 2.4L GDI I4 Oil Change Guide

The best way to keep your 3rd generation Kia Optima sedan running reliably is to regularly change the motor oil and replace the canister style oil filter on the Hyundai Theta II 2.4 liter GDI inline four cylinder engine.

Check out my detailed DIY instructions by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail picture to the left.

   

Kia Optima Front Brake Pads Replacement Guide
Optima Front Brake Pads

16. 2011-2015 Kia Optima Front Disc Brake Pads Replacement Guide

The front disc brake pads on a 3rd generation Kia Optima should last anywhere from 40,000 to over 75,000 miles depending on your unique driving conditions.

If your front brakes are squealing or screeching, check out my DIY for the procedure by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

Kia Optima Rear Disc Brake Pads Replacement Guide
Optima Rear Brake Pads

17. 2011-2015 Kia Optima Rear Disc Brake Pads Replacement Guide

The rear disc brake pads on a third generation Optima should last about twice as long as the front pads or anywhere from 60,000 to over 100,000 miles depending on your unique driving conditions.

Check out my detailed DIY tutorial for the rear brake job procedure by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail picture to the left.

   

Kia Optima Vanity Mirror Light Bulb Replacement Guide
Optima Vanity Light

18. 2011-2015 Kia Optima Vanity Mirror Light Bulb Replacement Guide

If you need to change a burnt out vanity mirror light bulb above one of the sun visors in your 3rd generation Kia Optima, check out my DIY tutorial for the procedure by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

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