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Kia Optima Vanity Mirror Light Bulb Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out vanity mirror light bulb above the sun visor of a 3rd generation 2011 to 2015 Kia Optima.

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2013 Optima Sun Visor
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Insert Flathead Screwdriver
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Pry Out Housing Near Switch

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the third generation (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015) Kia Optima in changing a burnt out vanity mirror light bulb above the sun visor.

Owners of other Kia and Hyundai vehicles with similar vanity mirror 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 "festoon" or "fuse" style bulb is part number DE3175 (31mm in length) from manufacturers such as Sylvania, GE, Eiko and PIAA.

You may also be able to use the slightly larger # 6418 (35mm), 6423 (36mm), 6411 (41mm) or a compatible LED.

The only tool needed to change the bulb is a small flathead screwdriver used to pry out the light housing.

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Pull Out Light Housing
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Disconnect Power Plug
Carefully insert the blade of the small flathead screwdriver in between the edge of the vanity light bulb housing closest to the "On/Off" switch and the fabric headliner.

Gently pry out the housing and pull it down from the headliner.

Press the release button on the black plastic power plug and slide it straight off the end of the light housing.

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Pull Back Metal Contact
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Remove Old Bulb
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Insert New # DE3175 Bulb
Gently pull back the curved metal electrical contact to release the old bulb from the socket.

Insert a new DE3175 festoon style bulb in to the socket. You may also choose to use a brighter LED bulb.

If you use a larger # 6418 (35mm), 6423 (36mm) or 6411 (41mm) bulb, just gently bend back the metal electrical contacts until they can accommodate the longer bulb while still holding it securely.



 

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New Bulb Installed
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Push On Electrical Connector
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Re-Insert Wires First
Push the power plug straight on to the light housing until it clicks securely in to place.

Re-insert the wires and electrical connector in to the headliner first.

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Pop In Left Side of Housing
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Test Bulb - "On/Off" Switch
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Vanity Bulb Replaced
Then gently pop in the other side of the housing.

Test the new vanity mirror light bulb by flipping the rocker switch to the "On" position.

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

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