Kia Sportage: Closing the fuel filler door

Kia Sportage - Fifth generation (NQ5) - (2022-2024) - Owner's Manual / Features of your vehicle / Fuel filler door / Closing the fuel filler door

To lock fuel filler door:

  • ress the lock button on your smart key
  • Press the Central Door lock button on armrest trim of driver's door
  • All doors will automatically lock after the vehicle speed exceeds 9.3 mph (15 km/h). Fuel lid is also locked when vehicle speed exceeds 9.3 mph (15 km/h)
  1. To install the fuel tank cap, turn it clockwise until it "Clicks".
  2. Close the fuel filler door by pressing rear center edge of the fuel filler door.


Press the vehicle's fuel door to LOCK position when the fuel filler door is completely closed in order to lock the fuel filler door.

If the fuel filler door is not completely closed, the fuel filler door will not be locked.



Always remove the fuel cap carefully and slowly. If the cap is venting fuel or if you hear a hissing sound, wait until the condition stops before completely removing the cap.

If pressurized fuel sprays out, it can cover your clothes or skin and subject you to the risk of fire and burns.


When refueling on unlevel ground, the fuel gauge may not point to the F position.

It is not a malfunction. If you move your vehicle to a level ground, the fuel gauge will move to the full position.


Tighten the cap until it clicks one time, otherwise, the engine warning indicator light will appear.


Keep the door into LOCK position when the vehicle is being washed (i.e. high pressure washer, automatic car washer, etc.)


Always tighten your fuel cap before you leave the fuel station. Failure to securely install your fuel cap can lead to fuel spillage in an accident and increase fire risk.


Fire/explosion risk

Read and follow all warnings posted at the gas station facility. Failure to follow all warnings will result in severe personal injury, severe burns or death due to fire or explosion.


Static electricity

  • Before touching the fuel nozzle, you should eliminate potentially dangerous static electricity discharge by touching another metal part of the vehicle, a safe distance away from the fuel filler neck, nozzle, or other gas source.
  • Do not get back into a vehicle once you have begun refueling since you can generate static electricity by touching, rubbing or sliding against any item or fabric (polyester, satin, nylon, etc.) capable of producing static electricity. Static electricity discharge can ignite fuel vapors resulting in rapid burning. If you must reenter the vehicle, you should once again eliminate potentially dangerous static electricity discharge by touching a metal part of the vehicle, away from the fuel filler neck, nozzle or other gasoline source.


Portable fuel container

When using an approved portable fuel container, be sure to place the container on the ground prior to refueling. Static electricity discharge from the container can ignite fuel vapors causing a fire.

Once refueling has begun, contact with the vehicle should be maintained until the filling is complete. Use only approved portable plastic fuel containers designed to carry and store gasoline.


Cell phone fires

Do not use cellular phones while refueling.

Electric current and/or electronic interference from cellular phones can potentially ignite fuel vapors causing a fire.


Refueling & Vehicle fires

When refueling, always shut the engine off. Sparks produced by electrical components related to the engine can ignite fuel vapors causing a fire. Once refueling is complete, check to make sure the filler cap and filler door are securely closed, before starting the engine.

Make sure to refuel your vehicle according to "Fuel requirements".

If the fuel filler cap requires replacement, use only a genuine Kia cap or the equivalent specified for your vehicle. An incorrect fuel filler cap can result in a serious malfunction of the fuel system or emission control system.

Exterior paint

Do not spill fuel on the exterior surfaces of the vehicle. Any type of fuel spilled on painted surfaces may damage the paint.


Do not allow anyone that has not discharged static electricity from their body to come close to an open fuel tank.

Do not inhale vaporized fuel.


Risk of injury from fuel

Fuels are poisonous and harmful to your health.

  • Fuel contains substances that are harmful if inhaled.
  • Do not swallow fuel or let it come into contact with skin, eyes or clothing.
  • Do not inhale fuel vapors.
  • Keep children away from fuel.

If you or other people come into contact with fuel, observe the following:

  • Immediately rinse fuel off your skin with soap and water.
  • If fuel comes into contact with your eyes, immediately rinse them thoroughly with clean water. Seek medical attention immediately.
  • If you swallow fuel, seek medical attention immediately. Do not induce vomiting.
  • Change immediately out of clothing that has come into contact with fuel.


Damage caused by the wrong fuel

Fuel that does not conform to the required quality can lead to increased wear as well as damage to the engine and exhaust system. Only use the fuel recommended.


Damage caused by the wrong fuel

Vehicles with a gasoline engine: Even small amounts of the wrong fuel could result in damage to the fuel system, the engine and the emission control system.


Do not use diesel or ethanol to refuel vehicles with a gasoline engine.


Do not switch on the ignition if you accidentally refuel with the wrong fuel. Otherwise, fuel can enter the fuel system.

Even small amounts of the wrong fuel could result in damage to the fuel system and the engine. Have the system serviced by an authorized Kia dealer.


Do not overfill the fuel tank

Do not overfill the fuel tank; otherwise fuel may spill, causing harm to the environment and damaging the vehicle.


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