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Kia Rio 3rd Brake Light Bulb Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out high mount third brake light bulb in a 3rd generation 2012-2016 Kia Rio with photos.

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2014 Kia Rio 3rd Brake Light
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Bulb Socket In Trunk Roof
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1/4 Turn Counterclockwise

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the third generation (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and also the updated 2016 model year) Kia Rio sedan in changing a burnt out high mount third brake light located on the rear deck above the trunk.

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 bulb is part number 921 or W16W which is available from various manufacturers such as Sylvania, GE, Eiko and PIAA.

You can also use a brighter LED unit.

No tools are needed to replace the high mount third brake light bulb.

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Bulb Socket Removed
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Pull Out Old Bulb
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Push In New # 921 Bulb
The first two steps are to open the trunk lid and then locate the grey bulb socket below the third brake light housing.

Rotate the bulb socket 1/4 turn counterclockwise and pull it straight out of the housing.

Pull the old bulb straight out of the socket and push in a new # 921 or W16W bulb.

If you'd like a brighter third brake light, choose a 921 LED bulb.

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Bulb Housing In Trunk Roof
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1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
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Test New Brake Light Bulb
Re-insert the socket in to the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

To test the new bulb, have someone step on the brake pedal.

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

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