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1. remove the (2) kick panel screws (2004 sorento only has two). For the foot panel next to the seat you may have to pry that piece up.
2. pull back the rug to expose the fuse box and wiring harness.
3. The wiring harness to the left of the fuse block (see picture), feel it and you should feel a small bump in it, that's the diode.
4. either unwrap or carefully cut the wiring insulation to expose the diode.
5. Its in a sleeve type of connector pry open carefully and pull out.
6. Put everything back in reverse order and your golden.
* i did this without disconnecting the battery, and as soon as you replace it you will see your dome/room light come on. sweeet
* the part from kia runs about $16-$18.
*part #: 9138A 3E000 (thx Zukman31 for the model number)
Hopefully the pictures come through.
Last edited by Castro2; 08-16-2011 at 02:50 PM.
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Welcome to the KIA forums. Thank you for going to the trouble of doing a tutorial for forum members, I'm sure it will help some members out. I will make a sticky of your post so it will be easily visible to more Sorento owners for their future reference.
TAKE YOUR TIME, THINK IT OUT, DO IT RIGHT, DO IT ONCE!! original quote by me as far as I know. ALL MEMBERS PLEASE FILL IN USER PROFILES. DETAILS HELP OTHER MEMBERS HELP YOU .
My 03 Sorento has this problem and I managed to stumble across this thread. I'll go fix it now...LoL
I finaly picked up a Kia Diode and put it in - thanks to this thread! Just a note on my 03 Sorento: you have to lift up the sill plate to remove a crosspoint-screw holding the kickpanel in - I think the second picture in the OP's first post shows the area, but not the screw -- it is further aft than where the red arrow points (you can just make out the empty screw hole in the picture). Other than than that the instructions helped greatly! After scratching my head trying to figure out why the dome light wasn't coming on when the doors were opened (and checking the fuses in the fuse box) this thread was spot-on!
Last edited by KIAOwnerX3; 07-02-2010 at 10:43 PM.
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