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Hyundai Veloster Tail Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out brake, rear turn signal, side marker or reverse light bulb in a 2012-2017 Hyundai Veloster.

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2017 Veloster Tail Lights
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Open Cargo Hatchback Door
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Two Phillips Head Screws

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the first generation (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017) Hyundai Veloster in changing a burnt out brake, rear turn signal, reverse and side marker bulbs in the tail light housings.

Owners of other Hyundai or Kia vehicles such as the Elantra, Sonata, Azera, Santa Fe, Tucson, Accent, Ioniq, Genesis, Tiburon, ix20, i20, i30, i40, Veracruz, Optima, Cadenza, K900, Soul, Niro, Sportage, Sorento, Sedona, Rio, Forte and Spectra may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The compatible replacement light bulb part numbers are as follows: Brake # 2357 (or P21/5W), Rear Turn Signal 1156A (or PY21W), Reverse # 921 (or W16W) and Side Marker # 2825 (or W5W).

The tools needed to remove the tail light assembly and change the tail light bulbs include a Phillips head screwdriver and a plastic pry bar tool.

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Loosen Counterclockwise
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Lower Screw Removed
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Remove Top Screw
The first two steps are to open the hatchback door for the cargo area and then move to the side of the car with the burnt out tail light bulb.

Remove the two screws along the inner edge of the tail light assembly by turning them counterclockwise with a Phillips head screwdriver.

Set the two screws aside in a safe place.

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Two Screws Removed
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Pry Along Outer Edge
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Slot & Plastic Rivet
The tail light housing is still held in place to the rear corner of the vehicle by two metal pegs or "spikes" inserted in to plastic grommets and also a slot attached to the head of a plastic pop rivet.

Use a plastic pry bar tool or a screwdriver covered with a micro fiber cloth to very gently pry the outer / front edge of the tail light housing towards the rear of the car.

Try to avoid using excessive pressure to prevent from cracking the tail light lens.

Do not pry out away from the car. Gently apply pressure towards the rear of the car only.

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Pull Off Tail Light Housing
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1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
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Bulb Socket Removed
Gently pull the tail light assembly straight off the rear corner of the car.

Turn over the tail light to access the bulb sockets.

You may want to place a towel on the rear bumper cover to protect the painted surfaces and the plastic lens from being scratched.

The large grey plastic brake light bulb socket is located near the center of the housing.

Rotate the bulb socket 1/4 turn counterclockwise before pulling it straight out of the housing.

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Push Down & 1/4 Turn CC
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Install New Light Bulb
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1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
Push the old brake light bulb down in to the socket and rotate it 1/4 turn counterclockwise before pulling it straight out of the socket.

Push a new number 2357 (also known as the P21/5W) light bulb straight in to the socket and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

Re-insert the bulb socket in to the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

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Side Marker Bulb Socket
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Pull Out Old Light Bulb
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Push In New Light Bulb
The rear side marker light bulb socket is located near the outer edge of the tail light housing.

Rotate the base of the small grey plastic bulb socket 1/4 turn counterclockwise before pulling it straight out of the housing.

Pull the old side marker bulb straight out of the socket and push in a new number 2825 bulb.

Re-insert the side marker bulb socket in to the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.



 

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1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
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Turn Signal Bulb Socket
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Old Light Bulb Removed
The orange plastic rear turn signal bulb socket is located near the bottom of the tail light housing.

Rotate the base of the bulb socket 1/4 turn counterclockwise before pulling it straight out of the housing.

Push the old bulb down in to the socket and rotate it 1/4 turn counterclockwise before pulling it straight out.

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Install New Light Bulb
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1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
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1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
Push a new amber colored number 1156A (also known as the PY21W) light bulb straight in to the socket and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

Re-insert the bulb socket in to the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

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Reverse Bulb Socket
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Pull Out Old Light Bulb
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Push In New Light Bulb
The grey plastic reverse light bulb socket is located near the bottom inner corner of the tail light housing.

Rotate the bulb socket 1/4 turn counterclockwise before pulling it straight out of the housing.

Pull the old reverse light bulb straight out of the socket and push in a new number  921 (also known as # W16W) bulb straight in to the socket.

If you would like to have brighter reverse lights, there are 921 LED bulb options available.

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1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
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Line Up Metal Pegs
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Plastic Grommets On Car
Re-insert the bulb socket in to the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

Line up the two metal pegs or "spikes" on the rear of the tail light housing with their corresponding plastic grommets on the car.

You'll also need to line up the plastic slot on the tail light housing with the white plastic pop rivet head on the vehicle.

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Line Up Slot & Pop Rivet
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Push On Tail Light Housing
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Replace Upper Screw
Slide the tail light housing forward to secure the two metal pegs and the slot over the pop rivet.

Replace the two screws by turning them clockwise with the Phillips head screwdriver until they are snug.

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Tighten Screws Clockwise
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Two Screws Replaced
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Test New Tail Light Bulbs
Try to avoid over tightening the two screws to prevent from cracking the plastic inner edge of the tail light housing.

To test the new tail light bulbs, have an assistant step on the brake pedal, activate the hazard signals and place the transmission in reverse.

For more, check out all of my 2012-2017 Hyundai Veloster DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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