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Incredibly weird.
Dropped by somebody's house to drop him off, shut off the lights; talked with the radio on for a bit, turned the key again, popped lights back on; never made it back on.

I have my markers on (the corner lights), but not actual headlights.

Where are the fuses? Something makes me feel like it was just a quick blow-out.
If not, and I need to test the bulb- how and what kind of bulb will I need?

thanks!
 

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There is a 20A (green) fuse in the engine compartment marked "HEAD" that may be blown. There is also a headlight relay that could go bad.
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Okay very weird, I hopped in my car to get to practice, headlights worked for a solid 8 minutes, then turning into a residential they all of a sudden went out.
So we know they work.. But intermittently?
Damn these electrical gremlins!
 

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The first thing I'd check/replace is the headlight relay...Fuses usually don't go intermittent and the relays in older Sportages are known trouble makers...
Don't get them at AutoZone or Advance though as they are not the right type.
Rockauto or the dealer are the best place for replacements.
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Weird you said that, I was on the road, had some time to kill and knew I had a few spare fuses in the back, so I decided to change the fuses- and they work! However, the old fuse isn't blown.. Soo maybe if it happens again I'll give the relay a change.

I also noticed I have no fuse in the (ABS) slot.... Isn't that my brakes?
 

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Only "if" you have the ABS option which you probably don't..
If you do then the last owner may have disabled the ABS when it gave him problems...
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Only "if" you have the ABS option which you probably don't..
If you do then the last owner may have disabled the ABS when it gave him problems...
Dave
How would I check my vehicle has that ABS option?
And where is the head lamp relay located?
 

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Check the GROUND. Just a suggestion. I think that the Sportage uses a common body ground for the forward lighting.
 

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Check the GROUND. Just a suggestion. I think that the Sportage uses a common body ground for the forward lighting.
Will do, going to take a wire brush on the battery terminals.

But if it were the ground, not sure why a new fuse would've let it work right away.

Where can I test the relay to make sure it's good?
 

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What are the terminals numbered? Kia's schematics for the Sportage suck.
 

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After wire-brushing the terminals, anything else I can do to secure the ground? Besides also cleaning the chassis mount?
 
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