How to Replace the Radio on the Kia Sportage

Updated July 20, 2017

Replacing the audio system on a Kia Sportage is not a difficult job considering that there is a large market of fully supported upgrades. A wide assortment of integrated merchandise includes all of the required wiring harnesses and mounting brackets to adapt any make or model of stereo, and have it fit flawlessly into the Sportage. Replacing a radio has become so customer friendly, the job can be done in less than an hour.

Remove the centre trim panel that covers the radio. This panel is held in place by spring clips, but is secured firmly in place by two screws at the bottom of the panel. Remove the screws and pull directly up and out. The panel will snap out of place.

Remove the four mounting screws that hold the radio in place. Slide the unit forward and unplug the wiring connectors. Remove the radio. Install the new wiring adaptor harness onto the Kia factory harness. This is much quicker and safer than cutting and splicing all the radio wires.

Install the mounting kit onto the new radio. This will ensure that the new unit will fit properly into the opening in the Kia. Plug the new adaptor harness onto the new radio. Install the radio into the opening and secure the mounting screws. Replace the trim panel by snapping the spring clips into place and installing the two lower screws.

Things You'll Need

  • 1/4-inch socket-set
  • Screwdriver-set
  • Stereo
  • Mounting kit
  • Wiring harness adaptor
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Jack Hathcoat has been a technical writer since 1974. His work includes instruction manuals, lesson plans, technical brochures and service bulletins for the U.S. military, aerospace industries and research companies. Hathcoat is an accredited technical instructor through Kent State University and certified in automotive service excellence.