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Links to DIY repair guides and vehicle maintenance tutorials for the 3rd generation 2012 to 2016 Kia Rio.

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2012-2016 Kia Rio Key Fob Battery Replacement Guide
Kia Rio Key Fob Battery

1. 2012-2016 Kia Rio Key Fob Battery Replacement Guide

The battery inside the key fob remote control of a third generation (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & the refreshed 2016) Kia Rio can become weak or stop working entirely after a few years of daily use.

If you need to change the key fob battery, check out my DIY instructions for the procedure (including the replacement part number) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

2012-2016 Kia Rio Dome Light Bulb Replacement Guide
Kia Rio Dome Light Bulb

2. 2012-2016 Kia Rio Dome Light Bulb Replacement Guide
   

2012-2016 Kia Rio Cabin Air Filter Replacement Guide
Kia Rio Cabin Air Filter

3. 2012-2016 Kia Rio HVAC Cabin Air Filter Replacement Guide

If the A/C system in your third generation (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & the revised 2016) Kia Rio isn't working as well any more or the air coming out of the vents smells a bit musty or moldy, you probably need to clean or change the cabin air filter element in the HVAC blower motor housing.

To view my DIY instructions for the procedure (including the replacement part numbers), click on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

2012-2016 Kia Rio Glove Box Light Bulb Replacement Guide
Kia Rio Glove Box Light

4. 2012-2016 Kia Rio Glove Box Light Bulb Replacement Guide
   

2012-2016 Kia Rio Interior Door Panel Removal Guide
Rio Interior Door Panel

5. 2012-2016 Kia Rio Plastic Interior Door Panel Removal Guide

If you'd like to upgrade the OEM door speakers, add soundproofing material, fix a faulty electrical switch or replace a broken power window motor in your third generation (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016) Kia Rio, you'll first have to take off the plastic interior door panel.

Take a look at my detailed step-by-step DIY tutorial for the procedure by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

2012-2016 Kia Rio Trunk Light Bulb Replacement Guide
Rio Trunk Light Bulb

6. 2012-2016 Kia Rio Cargo / Trunk Light Bulb Replacement Guide
   

2012-2016 Kia Rio License Plate Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
Rio License Plate Lights

7. 2012-2016 Kia Rio License Plate Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
   

2012-2016 Kia Rio Tail Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
Rio Tail Light Bulbs

8. 2012-2016 Kia Rio Tail Light Bulbs Replacement Guide

The tail light housings of a third generation (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016) Kia Rio contain the brake, rear turn signal, reverse and the parking light bulbs.

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

   

2012-2016 Kia Rio 3rd Brake Light Bulb Replacement Guide
Rio 3rd Brake Light Bulb

9. 2012-2016 Kia Rio High Mount Third Brake Light Bulb Replacement Guide
   

2012-2016 Kia Rio Windshield Window Wiper Blades Replacement Guide
Windshield Wiper Blades

10. 2012-2016 Kia Rio Windshield Window Wiper Blades Replacement Guide

 



 


Rio Engine Air Filter

11. 2012-2016 Kia Rio Gamma 1.6L GDI I4 Engine Air Filter Replacement Guide

The engine air filter element in a 3rd generation (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016) Kia Rio should be cleaned at every oil change and replaced when it is dirty.

To view my DIY instructions for the procedure (including the replacement part numbers) click on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

2012-2016 Kia Rio Electrical Fuses Replacement Guide
Rio Electrical Fuses

12. 2012-2016 Kia Rio Electrical Fuses Replacement Guide

The best place to start when troubleshooting any electrical issue with your third generation Kia Rio is to check for a blown fuse or relay in either the engine bay or interior passenger compartment electrical panels.

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

   

2012-2016 Kia Rio 12V Automotive Battery Replacement Guide
Rio 12V Battery Change

13. 2012-2016 Kia Rio 12V Automotive Battery Replacement Guide

If you've been having trouble starting the engine in your Kia Rio on a cold morning and the OEM 12 volt car battery in the engine bay is a few years old, it probably needs to be replaced.

Take a look at my DIY instructions for the procedure, including the replacement part numbers, by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image on the left.

   

2012-2016 Kia Rio Headlight Bulbs Replacement Guide
Kia Rio Headlight Bulbs

14. 2012-2016 Kia Rio Headlight Bulbs Replacement Guide

The headlight assemblies of a third generation (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & the face lifted 2016) Kia Rio contain the dual low & high beam, front turn signal, parking light and side marker light bulbs.

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

   

2012-2016 Kia Rio Gamma 1.6L I4 Engine Spark Plugs Replacement Guide
Rio Engine Spark Plugs

15. 2012-2016 Kia Rio 1.6L GDI I4 Engine Spark Plugs Replacement Guide

The iridium tipped OEM spark plugs in a third generation (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016) Kia Rio should last up to 100,000 miles, but they should be checked well before that mileage.

To view my DIY maintenance tutorial for the procedure (including the replacement part numbers) click on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

2012-2016 Kia Rio Gamma 1.6L I4 Engine Oil Change Guide
1.6L Engine Oil Change

16. 2012-2016 Kia Rio Gamma 1.6L GDI I4 Engine Oil Change Guide

The best way to keep your 3rd generation Kia Rio running reliably for many years is to regularly change the motor oil and replace the oil filter in the Gamma 1.6 liter inline four cylinder engine.

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

   

2012-2016 Kia Rio Front Brake Pads Replacement Guide
Rio Front Brake Pads

17. 2012-2016 Kia Rio Front Brake Pads Replacement Guide

If you've been hearing a screeching, squeaking or squealing noise coming from the front end of your third generation Kia Rio when you step on the brake pedal, you probably need to change the front disc brake pads.

To view my DIY instructions for the procedure (including the replacement part numbers), click on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

2012-2016 Kia Rio Rear Disc Brake Pads Replacement Guide
Rio Rear Disc Brake Pads

18. 2012-2016 Kia Rio Rear Disc Brake Pads Replacement Guide

The rear disc brake pads on a third generation (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016) Kia Rio usually last twice as long as the front pads or any where from 60,000 to over 100,000 miles depending on your driving conditions.

Check out my detailed DIY tutorial for the procedure (including replacement part numbers) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail picture on the left.

   

2012-2016 Kia Rio Serpentine Accessory Belt Replacement Guide
Serpentine Belt Change

19. 2012-2016 Kia Rio 1.6L I4 Serpentine Accessory Belt Replacement Guide

If the old OEM serpentine accessory belt on your Kia Rio's Gamma 1.6 liter GDI inline four cylinder engine has been chirping or squeaking, you probably need to change the belt.

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

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