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Kia Rio Dome Light Bulb Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out overhead dome light bulb in the headliner of a 3rd generation 2012 to 2016 Kia Rio.

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2014 Kia Rio Dome Light
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Insert Flathead Screwdriver
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Pry Out Lens Cover

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the third generation (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and also the refreshed 2016) Kia Rio in changing a burnt out overhead dome light bulb in the headliner.

Owners of other Kia and Hyundai vehicles such as the Optima, Forte, Cadenza, K900, Sorento, Sportage, Sedona, Soul, Elantra, Veloster, Sonata, Azera, Tucson, Santa Fe, Genesis and Equus may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A replacement "festoon" or "fuse" style dome light bulb is part number DE3175 (31mm in length) which is available from manufacturers such as Sylvania, Osram, GE, Philips, Eiko and PIAA.

You may also use the # 6418 (35mm) or the slightly longer # 6411 (41mm). There are also brighter LED bulbs.

The only tool needed to change the bulb is a small flathead screwdriver used to pry out the translucent plastic lens cover.

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Lens Cover Removed
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Old Bulb Exposed
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Pull Out Old Bulb
To avoid scratching the plastic surfaces, you may want to cover the tip of your flathead screwdriver with a thin micro fiber cloth.

Carefully insert the blade of the small flathead screwdriver in between the lens cover and the dome light housing at one of the two small notches along the front edge.

Gently pry out the plastic lens cover and set it aside in a safe place.

You may need to re-insert the screwdriver in to the other notch in order to pry out the cover.

The cover should pop out relatively easily so avoid using excessive force.

If the old bulb was recently turned on, be careful since it might still be hot enough to burn your fingers.

Grasp the old bulb with your thumb and forefinger before pulling it straight out of the socket.

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Old # DE3175 Bulb
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Empty Bulb Socket
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Push In New # DE 3175
Push a new "festoon" or "fuse" style number DE3175 bulb straight in to the socket.

If you use a larger # 6418 (35mm), 6423 (36mm) or 6411 (41mm) bulb, you might need to bend back the metal electrical contacts until they securely hold the metal end caps on the new bulb.

You may also use a brighter LED unit.

(Tip: If the LED bulb doesn't work at first, try removing it and flipping it around in the socket.)



 

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New Bulb Installed
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Slide Switch To "On"
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Line Up Lens Cover
Slide the "On / Door / Off" switch to the "On" position to test the new dome light bulb.

Re-insert the two tabs on the rear edge of the lens cover in to the dome light housing first.

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Gently Snap In Lens Cover
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Lens Cover Replaced
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Slide Switch To "Door"
Then gently pop in the front edge of the lens cover in to place.

Test the new bulb again by moving the rocker switch to the "On" position.

Set the "On / Door / Off" switch to the "Door" position so that the dome light will illuminate whenever a passenger door is open.

For more, check out my other 2012-2016 Kia Rio DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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