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Kia Sedona Tail Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out brake, rear turn signal, reverse or side marker light bulb in a 2015 to 2018 Kia Sedona.

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2015 Sedona Tail Lights
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Open Tailgate Door
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Black Plastic Trim Cover

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the third generation (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and perhaps also the updated 2019 and 2020 model years) Kia Sedona minivan in replacing a burnt out brake, rear turn signal, reverse or side marker light bulb in the tail light housings.

Owners of other Kia or Hyundai models such as the Grand Carnival, Sorento, Sportage, Niro, Soul, K900, Stinger, Cadenza, Optima, Rio, Forte, Genesis, Sonata, Ioniq, Santa Fe, Tucson, Elantra and Accent may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The compatible replacement light bulb part numbers are as follows: Brake # 2357 (or P21W), Rear Turn Signal # 2357, Reverse # 921 (or W16W), Rear Side Marker # 168 (or W5W) and Parking Light # 2357.

The tools needed to access and replace the tail light bulbs are either a standard Phillips head screwdriver or a 10mm socket with a 1/4" drive ratchet and a flathead screwdriver or a plastic automotive panel pry bar tool.

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Insert Screwdriver In Notch
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Pry Off Trim Piece
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Trim Cover Removed
The first two steps are to move to the side of the minivan with the burnt out tail light bulb and then open the tailgate door for the cargo area.

Locate the two small notches on the black plastic trim cover on the inner edge of the tail light housing.

Insert either a flathead screwdriver or a plastic pry bar tool to into the two notches on the rear edge of the black plastic trim piece and gently pry it out.

Set the trim cover aside in a safe place.

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Two Screws Exposed
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Loosen Counterclockwise
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Remove Lower Screw
Remove the two screws on the inner edge of the tail light housing by turning them in the counterclockwise direction with the 10mm socket and a 1/4" drive ratchet or a standard Phillips head screwdriver.
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Two Screws Removed
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Pull Off Tail Light Housing
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Two Metal Pegs & Holes
Set the two screws aside in a safe place.

Gently pull the tail light housing straight off the rear corner of the vehicle.

The tail light housing is still held in place by two metal pegs or "spikes" that are inserted into plastic grommets on the rear corner of the metal body panel.

If you have trouble removing the tail light housing, try gently wiggling it back and forth while pulling. You may also need to use the plastic pry bar tool to gently pry along the front outer edge of the housing to dislodge the metal peg friction fasteners.

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Turn Over - Access Sockets
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1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
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Turn Signal Bulb Socket
Carefully turn over the tail light housing to access the bulb sockets.

You may choose to place a towel on the rear bumper cover to protect the plastic lens and prevent it or the paint from being scratched.

The rear turn signal light bulb socket is located at the bottom of the housing.

Rotate the light grey plastic turn signal bulb socket 1/4 turn in the counterclockwise direction before pulling it straight out.

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Remove Old Light Bulb
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Install New Light Bulb
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1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
Push the old turn signal bulb straight down into the socket and rotate it 1/4 turn in the counterclockwise direction before pulling it straight out.

Push a new number 2357 (also known as part # P21W in Europe) light bulb down into the socket and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

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

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1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
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Brake Light Bulb Socket
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Old Light Bulb Removed
The brake light bulb socket is located closer to the top of the tail light housing.

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

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

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1/4 Turn Clockwise - Install
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1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
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Rear Side Marker Socket
Push a new number 2357 bayonet style light bulb straight down into the socket and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it into place.

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

The side marker light bulb socket is located near the outer edge of the tail light housing.

Rotate the small black plastic bulb socket 1/4 turn in the counterclockwise direction before pulling it straight out of the housing.



 

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1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
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Pull Out Old Light Bulb
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Push In New Light Bulb
Pull the old light bulb straight out of the socket.

Push a new number 168 (also known as part # W5W) miniature wedge base light bulb straight into the socket.

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

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1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
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Line Up Spikes & Grommets
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Push On Tail Light Housing
I had trouble rotating the rear side marker bulb socket back into place, so I used a pair of needle nose pliers to help apply some extra torque.

Once you are done replacing any burnt out tail light bulbs, line up the housing with the rear corner of the vehicle.

Push the two metal pegs or "spikes" into the holes in the plastic grommets attached to the rear corner of the vehicle.

Slide the tail light housing back into place.

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Replace Lower Screw
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Tighten Top Screw
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Plastic Trim Piece Cover
Replace the two screws at the inner edge of the tail light housing by turning them in the clockwise direction with the Phillips head screwdriver or the 10mm socket with a 1/4" drive ratchet until they are snug.

Try to avoid over tightening the screws to prevent from cracking the plastic inner edge of the tail light housing.

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Pop On Trim Cover
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Reverse & Parking Light
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Pry Out Plastic Cover
Line up the black plastic trim cover over the inner edge of the tail light housing and gently snap it back into place over the two screws.

The reverse and parking light bulbs are contained in a separate housing attached to the tailgate door.

Open the tailgate door and locate the plastic access cover and the small notch on the inner edge of the cover.

Use a flathead screwdriver or a plastic pry bar tool to gently pry out the plastic access cover.

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Access Cover Removed
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Reverse & Parking Lights
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1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
Set the access panel aside in a safe place.

The reverse light bulb socket is located at the bottom of the housing.

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

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Reverse Light Bulb Socket
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Pull Out Old Light Bulb
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Push In New Light Bulb
Pull the old reverse light bulb straight out of the socket.

Push a new number 921 (also known as part # W16W) miniature wedge base light bulb straight into the socket.

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

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1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
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Parking Light Bulb Socket
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1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
Re-insert the reverse light bulb socket straight into the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it into place.

The inner parking light bulb socket is located at the top of the tailgate light housing.

Rotate the larger grey plastic bulb socket 1/4 turn in the counterclockwise direction before pulling it straight out of the housing.

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Remove Old Light Bulb
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Install New Light Bulb
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1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
Push the old parking light bulb straight into the socket and rotate it 1/4 turn counterclockwise before pulling it straight out.

Push a new # 2357 light bulb straight into the socket and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it into place.

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

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Re-Insert Outer Edge
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Pop In Access Cover
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Test New Tail Light Bulbs
Line up the plastic access cover and gently snap it back into place.

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

Be sure to record the tail light bulb change in your vehicle's service records.

For more, please check out all of my Kia Sedona DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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