Kia Optima: Steering System / Steering wheel

Kia Optima DL3 2019-2021 Service and Repair Manual / Steering System / Steering wheel

Components and components location

1. Drive air bag module (DAB)
2. Remote control swtich
3. Steering wheel bezel
4. Steering wheel
5. Lower cover

Repair procedures

Align the front wheels facing straight ahead by turning steering wheel.


If the steering wheel and the front tires does not synchronize to their centers together, open circuit on the clock spring cable may occur due to excessive steering wheel turning.


Disconnect the battery (-) terminal.


Remove the driver airbag module.

(Refer to Restraint - "Driver Airbag (DAB) Module and Clock Spring")


Disconnect the steering wheel connector (A).


Remove the steering wheel (A) after loosening the lock bolt.

Tightening torque:

39.2 - 49.0 N·m (4.0 - 5.0 kgf·m, 28.9 - 36.2 lb-ft)


Do not use the hammer for disconnecting on the steering column not to damage the steering column.

Do not reuse the bolt.


Loosen the paddle shift switch mounting screw.


Remove paddle shift connector and remove paddle shift (A).


Remove the steering wheel ornament


Loosen the ornament mounting screws.


Separate the steering wheel ornament (A) from the wheel body.


Disconnect the steering wheel remote controller connectors (A).


Disconnect the heated steering wheel connector (A) and then remove the steering wheel lower cover.


If tightening with excessive torque to assemble heated steering wheel, the parts may damage.

If the main wiring does not place on the correct position during installation of the steering back cover, the open or short circuit may occur.


Assemble in the reverse order of disassembly.


Install in the reverse order of removal.

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