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fusible link location
04-11-2010, 01:52 PM
Post: #1
fusible link location
i recently bought my 98 kia sportage. It had wire damage inside the front right fender. The tire had flung the tread and ripped the wiring that runs through the fender apart. i was able to repair every wire and reconnect them correctly. color to color and size to size. i replaced the fuses and relays that blew from the damage. When i connected the battery and started the vehicle everything worked properly except for the brake, tail, and turn signals. i re checked the fuses and bulbs. all were ok. I used a test light to check the fusebox and was not getting power to the fuses for the interior/dash lights, brake, tail, or turn signals. i asked several people and they all told me it was the fusible links between the battery and fusebox. i need to know where the fusible links are located for these problems. i looked for diagrams but couldnt seem to find any. Please. any help with this issue would be very appriciated. Thank you.
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04-11-2010, 08:13 PM (This post was last modified: 04-11-2010 08:14 PM by Rupe.)
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RE: fusible link location
Not familiar with the KIA in particular but most cars from that part of the world have fuse links located at the positive battery terminal (extra wires tied into the retaining nut) or in a small box right near the battery.

You may not see the link actually burned so give it a tug to see if it stretches. IOW, the wire inside the insulation has melted away but the covering is still there.

BTW, the term "link" is confusing to some because it looks like a piece of wire. What's inside is similar to a fuse and it has a low melting point. Many auto parts stores sell replacement links but you need to know how to properly size the replacement so you don't toast the wiring harness with any future malfunctions. Not hard.... just go one wire size smaller than the circuit you are protecting and fit it with the proper end terminals for your application.

Since the stuff that's not working is a combination of "powered all the time" and "switched power" I suspect you have 2 links involved. Guessing they are both 15 or 20 amp fuses so nothing bigger than a #14 gauge fuse link on a 20 amp curcuit and a #16 link for the 15 amp load. That's one size smaller than the typical load wire.
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04-11-2010, 11:04 PM
Post: #3
RE: fusible link location
(04-11-2010 08:13 PM)Rupe Wrote:  Not familiar with the KIA in particular but most cars from that part of the world have fuse links located at the positive battery terminal (extra wires tied into the retaining nut) or in a small box right near the battery.

You may not see the link actually burned so give it a tug to see if it stretches. IOW, the wire inside the insulation has melted away but the covering is still there.

BTW, the term "link" is confusing to some because it looks like a piece of wire. What's inside is similar to a fuse and it has a low melting point. Many auto parts stores sell replacement links but you need to know how to properly size the replacement so you don't toast the wiring harness with any future malfunctions. Not hard.... just go one wire size smaller than the circuit you are protecting and fit it with the proper end terminals for your application.

Since the stuff that's not working is a combination of "powered all the time" and "switched power" I suspect you have 2 links involved. Guessing they are both 15 or 20 amp fuses so nothing bigger than a #14 gauge fuse link on a 20 amp curcuit and a #16 link for the 15 amp load. That's one size smaller than the typical load wire.

thank you for the fast response. its been picking at my brain trying to firure it out for days. i'll see if i can find it and keep you posted on the progress. thanks again
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05-01-2010, 01:00 PM
Post: #4
RE: fusible link location
i looked through several different manuals and the apparently is no fusible link for my car. so ii dont know what would bo causing my brake and tail lights, turn signals, and dash and interior lights to not recieve power. i checked the current to the interior fuse box for those lights and i'm not getting power there either. so i figure it is between the battery and fuse box. but not sure where to look. and pointers or suggestions would be great.
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05-01-2010, 01:08 PM
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RE: fusible link location
There may be an accessory relay that's triggered via the ignition switch.

Many cars these days have "universal" relays, meaning they use the same part number in a variety of items. What that helps us with is the ability to "borrow" one from another circuit so long as it's the same part number. IOW, compare the relays and then swap from a circuit that you know is working. Perhaps the head lights or the AC, you follow? Once you figure if out one is bad you can go out and buy a new replacement.
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07-20-2010, 04:57 PM
Post: #6
RE: fusible link location
I recently hooked my SPORTAGE to a Dia tester. and the codes that came up were P0310, P0710, P1700, and P1B00. Ive tried to look them up but cant seem to find any info on what they are.. any help would be great.
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07-21-2010, 12:25 AM
Post: #7
RE: fusible link location
I think you'd be amazed by what's available on Google. I plugged in your first code (Kia P0310) and came up with a web site for Kia. There's a guy over there with almost the same issue and he seems to have it figured out.

http://www.kia-forums.com/1g-1994-2002-s...p1700.html

Good luck and keep us posted on the progress.
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