Hyundai Elantra (Kia Rio) Ignition Coil Replacement

DIY Cost: $20-$45
Est. Time: 1 hr
Difficulty: Easy
This guide provides instructions on how to change the ignition coils on the Kia / Hyundai four-cylinder engine.

Replacing the ignition coil on this four-cylinder Hyundai / Kia engine is very simple and can take less than thirty minutes.

Even though not required, we recommend replacing all coils at the same time even if only one of them is the problem.

Symptoms

  • Engine Misfire
  • Fault Codes P0301 P0300 P0302 P0300 P0303 P0304
  • Poor Fuel Economy
  • Backfiring
  • Check Engine Light On
  • Lack of Power
  • Engine Shaking
  • Engine Rough

These symptoms may also trigger the check engine light and fault codes such as P0351, P2311, P0352, P0350, P0358, P2302. The most common symptom of a failing ignition coil is an engine misfire.

What you will need

Procedure

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  1. Open the hood of your Kia / Hyundai
  2. Disconnect the battery negative terminal
  3. Remove the engine cover. It is held in place with four 10 mm bolts
  4. Remove the white harness from the top of the coils
  5. Remove 10 mm bolts that hold the coils in place
  6. Disconnect the electrical connectors from the ignition coils
  7. Pull out the old ignition coils
  8. Install the new ignition coils
  9. Tighten the 10 mm bolt that holds the coil. Be careful to not over tighten the ignition coil bolts, or you will ruin the threads
  10. Install the engine cover and connect the battery negative terminal

FAQ

How much does it cost to replace the ignition coil on a Hyundai Accent / Kia Rio?

  • If you replace all coils, expect to pay between $150-$250.

How to identify a Hyundai Kia faulty ignition coil which is causing an engine misfire?

  • Turn off the engine. Unplug one of the first coils. Start the car and see if that changed the way the engine runs. If the engine is running rough, that means that the coil you just unplugged is GOOD. Unplug all coils one at a time. When you come to a coil that makes no difference whether plugged in or not, that coil is BAD.

Check Engine Light On with Code P0350; what does it mean?

  • It means that one or more of the ignition coils are defective. P0350 - Ignition coil, primary/secondary -circuit malfunction.
  • Can I replace the ignition coils myself, or do I need to take the car to a mechanic?
    • Replacing ignition coils is an easy job, even if you have never performed this job before. Make sure you work on a cold engine. Don't over-tighten the ignition coil bolts, or you can damage the threads.

Owners of Hyundai and Kia models such as Verna, Gets, Spectra, Cerato, and Rio 5 will find these instructions helpful.


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Hyundai Elantra (Kia Rio) Ignition Coil Replacement Even though not required, we recommend replacing all coils at the same time even if only one of them is the problem.