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Kia Soul Key Fob Battery Replacement Guide
How to change the coin battery in the key fob remote control of a first generation 2009 to 2013 Kia Soul with pictures.

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2013 Soul Key Fob
Press Silver Button
Flip Out Metal Ignition Key
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the 1st generation (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013) Kia Soul in changing the key fob battery.

Owners of other Kia and Hyundai vehicles with similar key fobs such as the Forte, Cadenza, Rio, Optima, Sedona, Sorento, Sportage, Sonata, Accent, Elantra, Veloster, Azera, Tucson, Santa Fe and Genesis may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A replacement coin cell (A.K.A. "button" or "watch") battery is part number CR2032, which is available from various manufacturers such as Panasonic, GE, Maxell, Energizer, Sony, Duracell and Philips.

No tools are required to change the battery.

Although a small flathead screwdriver can be useful for popping out the old cell.

Push Off Rear Cover
Battery Cover Removed
Gently Pry Out Old Battery
The first step is to press the silver metal button on the front of the key fob to release the switchblade style metal ignition key.

Then insert your thumb in to the void on the side of the fob where the key used to reside and gently pry off the rear cover.

Set the battery cover aside in a safe place.

Either turn over the key fob and tap out the old battery or very gently pry it out with a small flathead screwdriver.

Battery Socket
Old CR 2032 3V Removed
"-" Negative Side Down
If you use a screwdriver to pry out the old battery, try to avoid damaging the metal electrical contacts or the green remote control circuit board.

The OEM battery in this fob was a Panasonic CR2032 3 volt coin cell.


Insert New Battery
"+" Positive Side Up
Line Up Back Cover
Insert a new CR2032 3 volt coin cell in to the battery holder socket with the "-" negative side facing down and the "+" positive side facing up towards you.

Line up the rear cover and gently snap it back in to place.

Push On Battery Cover
Close Switchblade Car Key
Test New Key Fob Battery
Make sure that the rear battery cover is flush together with the key fob all the way around.

Test the new key fob battery by standing near your Soul and pressing the "Unlock" or "Lock" buttons.

If the battery is working properly, you should see the parking lights flash and hear the door locks opening or closing.

For more, check out my other Kia Soul DIY Maintenance Guides.

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