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Hyundai Sonata Headlight Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to replace the low beam, high beam and turn signal bulbs in the headlights of a 2011, 2012 & 2013 Hyundai Sonata.

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Hyundai Sonata Headlight
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Low Beam Light
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Low Beam Bulb Cover

This automotive "how-to" guide was specifically written to assist owners of the sixth generation (2011, 2012 & 2013) Hyundai Sonata in replacing the low beam, high beam and turn signal light bulbs in the headlight assemblies.

Owners of other Hyundai or Kia vehicles such as the Elantra, Accent, Veloster, Tucson, Santa Fe, Veracruz, Genesis, Forte, Optima, Rio, Soul, Sedona, Sorento and Sportage may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

Replacement headlight bulbs from Sylvania and other manufacturers are as follows with their respective part numbers: Low Beam # H7, High Beam # H7, and Front Turn Signal # 2357A.

No tools are needed to replace either the low beam or high beam headlight bulbs. A small Phillips head screwdriver is needed to access the turn signal / parking light bulb.

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1/4 Turn Counter Clockwise
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Black Power Connector
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Pull Off Power Plug
The Low Beam bulb is located at the center of the headlight assembly and resembles a cloudy eye.

Look behind the headlight assembly and remove the black plastic dust cap that covers the rear of the low beam bulb by turning it 1/4 turn counter clockwise.

Pull the black plastic power connector attached to the yellow wires straight off the metals prongs on the base of the low beam bulb.

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Power Plug Removed
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Release Metal Arm
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Swing Down Retaining Arm
The low beam bulb is held in place by a metal retaining arm that is hooked in place at the top. Press on the upper part of the metal arm to unhook it and then swing it downwards to release the bulb.
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Pull Out Low Beam Bulb
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Philips H7 12V 55W
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Low Beam Bulb Socket
With the retaining arm released, the low beam bulb can be easily removed from the headlight assembly by pulling it straight out of its socket.
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Insert New Low Beam Bulb
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Raise Up Retaining Arm
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Hook Metal Arm In Place
Install the new # H7 low beam bulb into the headlight assembly with the two metal power prongs in the horizontal position.

Swing the metal retaining arm up over the new bulb and hook it into place at the top.

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Re-Connect Power Plug
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Low Beam Power Connected
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Replace Dust Cap
Re-attach the black plastic power connector with yellow wires to the rear of the new low beam bulb by pushing it straight on to the metal prongs.

Replace the black plastic dust cap over the rear of the headlight and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.



 

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1/4 Turn Clockwise
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High Beam - Inner Corner
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Black Plastic Dust Cap
The High Beam bulb is located at the inner corner of the headlight assembly closest to the center line of the vehicle.

To access the bulb, look behind the headlight assembly and remove the black plastic dust cap by rotating it 1/4 turn counter clockwise.

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1/4 Turn Counter Clockwise
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High Beam Power Plug
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Pull Off Power Connector
Remove the black plastic power connector attached to the green wires from the rear of the high beam bulb by pulling it straight off.
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Metal Retaining Arm
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Unhook Retaining Arm
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Swing Open Metal Arm
The high beam bulb is held in place by a metal retaining arm. Unhook the passenger side of the metal retaining arm and swing it out towards the other side.
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Pull Out Old High Beam
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High Beam - H7 12V 55W
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High Beam Bulb Socket
With the metal retaining arm out of the way, the old # H7 high beam bulb can be easily removed from the headlight assembly by pulling it straight out.
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Insert New # H7 Bulb
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Swing Retaining Arm Over
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Hook Metal Arm In Place
Install the new # H7 high beam bulb into the headlight assembly with the two power prongs aligned horizontally.

Swing the metal retaining arm over the new bulb and hook it into place.

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High Beam Power Plug
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Push On Power Connector
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Replace Cap - 1/4 Turn
Push the black plastic high beam power plug straight on to the rear of the new bulb.

Replace the black plastic dust cover and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

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Turn Signal / Parking Bulb
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Turn Wheels
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Signal Bulb Access Door
The Turn Signal or "parking" light bulb is located at the outer corner of the headlight assembly.

If you have small enough hands, you may be able to remove the turn signal light bulb by reaching in through the engine bay, feel for the socket that resembles an easy open medicine bottle and rotate it 1/4 turn counter clockwise.

Most people will find it easier to access the turn signal bulb through the wheel well liner. Turn the wheels in the opposite direction of the burnt out turn signal bulb to allow more working room.

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Remove Plastic Screw
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Open Access Panel
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Turn Signal Bulb Socket
Use a small Phillips head screwdriver to remove the black plastic screw at the top of the turn signal light bulb access panel at the front of the wheel well liner.

Reach in the access door and rotate the black plastic turn signal light bulb socket 1/4 turn counter clockwise and pull it straight out of the headlight assembly.

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1/4 Turn Counter Clockwise
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Pull Out Old # 2357A Bulb
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Replace Bulb - 1/4 Turn
Remove the old # 2357A turn signal bulb from the socket by pushing down on it and rotating it 1/4 turn counter clockwise.

Push a new # 2357A bulb down into the socket and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

Insert the new bulb back into the headlight assembly, either through the engine bay or the wheel well liner access panel, and rotate the socket 1/4 turn clockwise to lock it in place.

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Close Access Door
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Black Plastic Fastener
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Insert Larger Outer Piece
Close the turn signal light bulb access panel on the wheel well liner and insert the larger outer piece of the fastener. Then insert the small black plastic screw into the center of the fastener.
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Insert Black Plastic Screw
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Access Panel Closed
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Testing New Light Bulb
Test the new light bulbs by turning on the headlights, flashing the high beams, and activating the hazard signals.

For more, check out my Hyundai Sonata Repair & Maintenance Guides page.
 

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