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Hi, I have asked this question in the Sportage section with no results.


I have a new Sportage first edition and I am fitting a witter tow bar and 13pin electrics. I know which panels to remove to gain access to fit the wiring, but dont want to just rag them off and damage them.



Has anyone got any tips or know the correct method of removing them? I also need to remove the rear seat base, which on closer inspection does not appear to be correctly fastened down anyway?

Many Thanks.
 

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Well, not really impressed with kia, appears that no one , not even the main dealers workshop staff have any idea as how to remove the plastic internal panels in this model. That makes me very worried if I had a warranty problem that they would not know how to remove the internal plastics to gain access to the cars main wiring system from the front to the rear of the vehicle.
If this is the case I advise buyers of this model beware!!!!
 

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The model is still new and untill there is a problem where you need to remove panels and fixtures, a lot of people will not know.
If its about the tow bar fitting and electrics you may find dealers in tow bars would know better.

A lot of new stuff is coming on to the market,which is a data line system which uses 4 wires and address programing.

So as to bugger the connector and scotchblock of wiring!!!



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when it comes to removeing trim its a case of common sense look for relevent screws and if its not releaseing easy dont yank it hardly rocket science i would suggest if you have to ask how to remove the trim then you need to be sure you can cope with the can bus wireing when you get to it you can not use standard relays with this car they must be can bus compatable 6 or 7 way and if you are fitting caravan power feed thease must be run all the way to the battery direct with relevent fuses
 

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Thank you Paul for the common sence approach to removing the plastics.
As for the wiring I bought both the kia specific wiring kits required for the 13 pin wiring complete with fuses. And havethe nesessary experience to fit it. Do any of your Tech team no how to remove them?

I was unsure if the panels were velcro fit. push /plug type fitor some plastics slide and lock????
 

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Hi, Thanks for that ,but they were my first port of call and it appears they don't know how to get them off either. I have tried 3 local Kia dealers with no luck.
Thats what makes me worried about warranty issues with this car.

I have been contacted by Kia Paul who is ,as far as i am aware,a Kia dealer and even he didn't tell me how to remove them, not sure if they know either, lol.
 

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Look on the bright side, if no one knows how to remove the panels it means no one has had to remove the panels thus by logic there have been no problems requiring the panels to be removed.



As suggested above try a tow bar specialist or auto electrician, sometimes they are one and the same.



Be happy.



Paul
 

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Hi Paul, thanks for the reply.
If you check out my other posts, I have fitted the towbar and electrics on Sunday.

So if any dealers need to hold training courses I will oblige for a fee, LOL


It was straight forward but if your not happy with removing the interior of your shiney new car ,then its not for the faint hearted.

The kia specific wiring made the job simpler and the witter bar was fitted in approx 45mins and that included having to tap out the fitting holes that were full of underseal. There are only 14 bolts to mount it.

Just looking forward to our holiday now
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