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Hyundai Santa Fe License Plate Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out license plate light bulb in the tailgate of a 3rd generation 2013 to 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe.

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2014 Santa Fe License Plate
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Left License Plate Light Bulb
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Loosen Counterclockwise

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the third generation (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and perhaps also the face lifted 2017 model year) Hyundai Santa Fe in changing a burnt out license plate light bulb in the cargo tailgate door or upgrading them both to brighter LED units.

Owners of other Hyundai or Kia vehicles such as the Optima, Cadenza, K900, Sorento, Sportage, Sedona, Soul, Elantra, Veloster, Sonata, Azera, Tucson, Forte, Genesis, Cerato, Spectra, Accent, Sephia, i20, i30, ix35, i40 and Equus may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A replacement light bulb is part number 2825 which is available from various manufacturers such as Sylvania, GE, Eiko and PIAA. You can also use a brighter LED unit.

The only tool needed to access and replace the bulbs is a standard Phillips head screwdriver.

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Phillips Head Screw
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Pull Out Light Housing
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1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
There are two license plate light bulb housings and each one is secured by a single Phillips head screw.

Remove the screw by turning it counterclockwise with the Phillips head screwdriver.

Set the screw aside in a safe place.

Pull the light housing out of the tailgate door.

Rotate the black plastic bulb socket 1/4 turn counterclockwise before removing it from the housing.

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Pull Light Bulb From Socket
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Old 2825 (W5W) Bulb
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Push In New # 2825 Bulb
Pull the old light bulb straight out of the socket.

Push a new number 2825 bulb straight in to the socket.

If necessary, you can also use any other miniature wedge base bulbs such as the # 168, 158, 194 or a compatible LED unit.



 

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1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
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Re-Insert Light Housing
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Pop In Retaining Clip
Re-insert the bulb socket in to the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

Push the light housing back in to place.

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Tighten Clockwise
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Light Housing Secured
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Test New Light Bulb
Replace the screw and tighten it in the clockwise direction with the Phillips head screwdriver.

To test the new license plate light bulbs, turn on the headlights or press the "Unlock" button on the key fob to activate the exterior lights.

For more, check out all of my 2013-2016 Hyundai Santa Fe DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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