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2018+ Kia Forte Battery Replacement DIY

Guide on how to replace the battery on a Kia Forte 2018-2022.

2018+ Kia Forte Battery Replacement DIY
ESTIMATED TIME 25 - 35 mins
DIY COST $ 150 - 250
DIFFICULTY Easy

What you will need

Procedure

  1. Use the metal key inside the keyfob to unlock the driver's door. 
  2. Set the parking brakes. Turn off the ignition.   
  3. Open the hood. Pull the hood release under the dashboard.The hood release of the Kia Forte.

     

    Pulling the hood release of the Kia Forte.
  4. Locate the hood latch on the vehicle's front and unlock it by pressing the tab to the left.Unlocking the hood latch of the Kia Forte.

     

  5. Pull the hood up and set the hood rod to keep the hood open.Setting the hood strut to hold the hood.

     

  6. Locate the battery on the driver's side of the engine compartment near the brake fluid reservoir and the ECU of the vehicle.The Battery of the Kia Forte.

     

  7. Open the cover of the positive terminal by pressing the clip and pulling up the cover.Opening the cover of the positive terminal.

     

  8. Loosen the 10mm bolts on the battery terminals. Use a 10mm socket and turn it counterclockwise to loosen the bolt.The 10mm bolts on the battery terminal.

     

  9. Pull the battery terminals out from the battery posts. Pulling out the terminals of the battery.

     

  10. Remove the 12mm bolt on the battery bracket located on the lower front side of the battery. Use a 12mm socket, extension, and turn it counterclockwise to remove the bolt.Removing the 12mm bolt on the battery bracket.

     

  11. Pull the battery bracket out from the battery tray.
  12. Slide the battery to the front and carry the battery out using the handles.Removing the battery of the Kia Forte.

     

  13. Clean the battery tray using a vacuum if dirt or leaves are present. 
  14. Place the new battery and slide it to the back to line it up to its proper position.Installing the new battery of the Kia Forte.

     

  15. Line up the battery bracket and reinstall its 12mm bolt.Reinstalling the 12mm bolt and battery bracket.

     

  16. Reconnect the battery terminals back to the battery posts and tighten the 10mm bolts on the battery terminals. Connect the positive battery terminal first. Reinstalling the positive terminal and tightening its 10mm bolt. Connect the negative battery terminal last. 

     

    Reinstalling the negative terminal and tightening its 10mm bolt.

 

Torque Specifications


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Notes

Safety Tips

Auto Repair Safety Notes

 

Torque specifications

  • + / - Battery Terminal 10mm nuts: 10Nm ( 7.4 lb-ft)
  • Battery Mounting Bracket: 15 Nm (10 lb-ft)

*These are typical values and may be slightly different than what the manufacturer recommends. 

Tips & Warnings


  • Make sure the battery terminals are on tight. If the battery terminals are loose the battery may not charge properly. The engine may not start. 
  • If the battery light stays on even with a new battery installed, there is a high chance the alternator is defective. 
  • If the engine doesn't start, the battery may be discharged and may need a recharge. 
  • ABS and traction control may be on when the engine is restarting. These lights will reset automatically after a few minutes of driving. 

The following cheat sheat can help you convert torque into other units.

Torque Conversion Chart