Join Date: Jun 2017
Drives: Sportage, 2008
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I found this thread through a search, although my car is a 2008 Kia Sportage; I'm sure the electrical system/parts are somewhat similar!
My headlamp problems seem to come from a different cause: overheating sockets! The first issue I had was one of the headlamp sockets had overheated and burned out. I bought a generic plug from an Auto z... local parts store and spliced it in, first the splice burned out, then I soldered / heat-shrinked the connections and it lasted about a year. but now the plastic connector housing has completely melted and needs to be replaced again. I found and purchased a new socket using 12ga wiring and ceramic connector with plastic outer housing, that should last longer, and I am about to install it (it is 90degree angle too, like the oem plug was but not the aftermarket from the store)
My 2nd problem is the RELAY/FUSE BOX! It burned out a relay a while back and I replaced it with a local aftermarket replacement. Then eventually it stopped working again... I got another replacement and put it in the high beam relay socket, and used the original high beam relay for the regular beams (they are the same p/n / relay). Now I have found that the socket is loose, and I had to bend the pins outward and force them into the socket to make it work, but every now and then I lose headlamps altogether, and need to go into the box and "wiggle" the relay, then it pops on and works! I saw another thread that details the fuse/relay box and how it is assembled/disassembled (their problem was the relay pins for the ac blower), and if I can remove the first "non-user level" it looks like I should be able to tighten/repair the ferrule-looking pieces that are supposed to grab the relay and fuse pins, but I was looking for more info and if anybody has done this before (the original link I found was to an earlier generation Kia vehicle)
--> So I just wanted to point out other possible issues, and also ask if anybody else has experienced my issues and/or repaired them???