We're actually discussing this in another thread. There are three fuses to check. 15A TNS, 10A LH Tail and 10A RH Tail.
Also, try swapping the TNS relay with the horn relay and see if that changes anything.
If that doesn't make any difference, you need to see if the relay is operating when your turn on the parking lights (NOT headlights). When you turn the switch to the first position, you should hear a "click" from the relay. It's pretty quiet, so getting someone to help you isn't a bad idea.
Thanks for the reply. we've tried 10a rh and 10ALh but I didn;t realize there was a third fuse.. I will diffently try that first thing in the morning. .. I had know idea on how many people have had the same problem.
My wifes car 2002 Sportage has the same problem. The tail light fuse keeps blowing and no interior lights. I am working on this today. I have read in another forum where one person said the answer was to replace the ignition/key swicth assembly. They said that fixed the problem.
I drive a 2002 Kia RIO and my tail lights, low beams, and dash lights do not work until the car has been running for at least 20 min...All the fuses have been checked along with the relays. Also, no bulbs have been changed.
If you're driving a Canadian car, it's your Daytime running light module. Mine went last fall with the exact same symptoms.
If you are handy or know someone who is, it's a relatively easy fix. Small hands make it easier. Go to a wrecker and pull all the drl modules you can from the Kias in the yard, swap each one for your broken one in your car until you find one that works, pay the wrecker $10
If you're not handy, the module and labour at the dealer will probably run you $200
The DRL is found on drivers side under the dash and against the left wall of the car. it's a small black box about the size of a pack of Marlboros but a bit thicker and has one set of wires clipped into it. It's friction fit onto a metal bracket so slide it forward to get it off.
our DRL seems to work intermittently. my husband tried getting it out, but wasn't having much luck (i probably should have done it myself, but was sick as a dog at the time)...he's left the panel with the DRL on it hanging, after losing my 10mm socket down inside the body, and all we do is give it a kick when it stops working
it ain't the technical solution, but it sure can be satisfying!
we're buying a new car in a couple of months anyway, so can't be stuffed to do much to what we've got (an '02 rio rx-v with almost 130,000miles)..
I have a 2002 Rio Cinco. The fuse for the lights kept blowing at random times. One morning the rear wiper was running when the switch was off. After pulling part of the headliner, I found there was no grommet for the wires to run through where they leave the body of the car and enter the hatch for the defrost and wiper. Several of the wires have over an inch of the insulation melted off. I spliced the wires and put a wire loom around the wires to protect them it the future.
If it keeps blowing fuses, this is what I found on mine.