Kia Sportage Headlights
Spotting Kia Sportage Headlights Issues
The Kia Sportage has gone through several transformations throughout the years. However, that doesn't mean that all of the parts of this revamped SUV had their own little makeovers. Like with majority of other automobile parts, the Kia Sportage headlights experience many common lighting issues that bring nuisance to many of the SUV owners. Nevertheless, the problems are usually solved easily with a little DIY knowledge. Here are some of the concerns most Kia Sportage owners have in regards to their SUV's headlights:
One of the headlights won't turn on
If only one of the headlights refuses to turn on, it's possible that you're having a burnt-out bulb problem. The solution for this problem is simple: replace the defective bulb with a new one and test the affected headlight if it will turn on. However, you need to make sure that you buy a replacement bulb with the same wattage as the old one. Otherwise, your headlights won't work as efficiently as they're supposed to.
Brightness of the headlights fluctuates
Headlight brightness sometimes wavers when the battery's charge is weak or if the alternator has gone bad. If the charging system of your car is out of order (that is, if the continuity of electricity is hampered), the power on your headlights will also fail. Check if there's sufficient power flowing from the battery to the headlights. A voltmeter should help you identify how much electricity is flowing through the wiring harness on the car battery. Replace any wiring that you find defective.
Both headlights do not work
You've already checked the bulbs and found no issues-the problem could be due to a bad fuse or a faulty charging system. The headlight assembly itself may not have any problem, but if the fuse is defective, both headlights won't turn on at all. Replace the bad fuse with one that has the same amperage as the old one.
If you see no problem with the fuse, check if your car's battery or alternator isn't working. Sometimes, the problem is due to damaged wiring harnesses in the charging system. Replace any bad wiring to make the headlights work. If that doesn't solve the issue, check if there's any discoloration on the headlight switch or wiring block contacts. You can use a pencil eraser to remove the discoloration.