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Kia Optima License Plate Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out license plate light bulb in the trunk lid of a third generation 2011 to 2015 Kia Optima sedan.

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2013 License Plate Lights
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Right Side License Plate Light
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Insert Flathead Screwdriver

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the third generation (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015) Kia Optima in replacing a burnt out license plate light bulb in the underside of the trunk lid.

Owners of other Kia and Hyundai vehicles with similar license plate light housings such as the Forte, Cadenza, Rio, Soul, Sedona, Sorento, Sportage, Sonata, Accent, Elantra, Veloster, Azera, Tucson, Santa Fe and Genesis may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A replacement bulb is part number 168 from manufacturers such as Sylvania, GE, PIAA, Eiko and Wagner.

If necessary, you may also use any other miniature wedge base bulbs including the 194, 158, W5W, 2825 or a compatible LED unit.

The only tool needed to replace the bulbs is a small flathead screwdriver used to pry out the housing.

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Pull Out Light Housing
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1/4 Turn Counter Clockwise
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Pull Out Old # 168 Bulb
Insert the blade of the small flathead screwdriver in between the side edge of the license plate light housing and the underside of the trunk lid.

Gently pry out the light housing. If you have trouble prying out the housing, try inserting the screwdriver in to the other edge.

Pull the housing down out of the trunk lid.

Rotate the light tan colored plastic bulb socket 1/4 turn counter clockwise and pull it straight out of the housing.

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Push In New # 168 Bulb
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1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
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Re-Insert Housing
Push a new number 168 bulb straight in to the socket.

You may also choose to use a brighter LED unit.

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

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Push In Light Housing
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Test New Bulbs
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Testing License Plate Lights
Push the housing back in to the underside of the trunk lid until it clicks in to place.

Test the new bulbs by turning on the headlights.

For more, check out my other Kia Optima Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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