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Kia Rio Electrical Fuses Replacement Guide
How to check or change a blown electrical fuse or relay in a 3rd generation 2012 to 2016 Kia Rio with pictures.

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2014 Rio Fuse Box
Release Tab On Rear
Press In Release Tab
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the third generation (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and also the updated 2016 model year) Kia Rio in checking or changing a blown fuse in the engine bay or the interior passenger compartment electrical panels.

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

This 2014 Rio was equipped with the newer style "low profile" mini blade electrical fuses.

The low profile mini blade fuses can also be replaced with the slightly taller mini blade fuses. They will just stick out of the socket a bit.

A white plastic fuse puller tool should be included on the underside of the engine bay fuse box cover.

Remove Fuse Box Cover
Engine Bay Fuse Block
Fuse Location Diagram
The engine bay fuse box is located on the right side of the engine bay next to the 12V car battery.

Press in the tab on the rear edge of the fuse box cover and remove it.

There is a fuse location diagram and a white plastic fuse puller tool included on the underside of the engine bay fuse box cover.

If the fuse puller tool is missing, you may also be able to use a pair of needle nose pliers with rubber insulated handles.

Interior Fuse Panel Cover
Pull Off Access Panel
Fuse Location Diagram
The interior passenger compartment fuse block is located behind a plastic access panel on the lower dashboard just in front of the driver's left knee.

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

There is a fuse location diagram on the underside of the cover also another one in your owner's manual.


Interior Fuse Panel
Place Jaws Over Old Fuse
Pull Out Old Fuse
Place the jaws of the fuse puller tool over the fuse you'd like to check or change.

Pull the old fuse straight out of the socket.

Hold Up Fuse To Light
Push In New Fuse
Replace Fuse Puller Tool

If the thin metal strip inside the translucent plastic middle section appears to be broken or burnt, then the old fuse is most likely "blown" and should be replaced with a new one of the same amperage rating (e.g. 5, 10, 15, 20 or 25).

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

Push a new low profile mini blade fuse of the same amperage rating straight in to the socket.

If necessary, you can also use the older style standard mini blade fuses, which are a bit taller and will stick out of the socket a bit more.

Replace the fuse puller tool on the underside of the fuse box cover.

Push On Fuse Box Cover
Replace Access Panel
Access Panel Replaced

Lower the engine bay fuse panel cover and gently push it down in place to secure the retaining clip.

Double check that the fuse box cover is secure.

Re-insert the tabs on the top edge of the interior fuse block access panel and then gently pop in the lower edge.

Test the electrical component that you were having issues with such as the radio, wiper blades, tail lights, headlights, power windows, door locks, etc.

If you are still having the same electrical problem, you might have a shorted wire somewhere or the component itself needs to be replaced.

For more, check out my other 2012-2016 Kia Rio DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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