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Kia Sorento Vanity Mirror Light Bulb Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out vanity mirror light bulb above the sun visor in a 2nd generation 2010-2015 Kia Sorento.

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2014 Sorento Sun Visor
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Vanity Mirror Light Housing

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the second generation (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015) Kia Sorento SUV in changing a burnt out vanity mirror light bulb in the headliner above the sun visor.

Owners of other Kia and Hyundai vehicles such as the Optima, Forte, Cadenza, K900, Rio, 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 bulb is part number DE3175 (31mm in length).

You may also be able to use the slightly longer 6418 (35mm), 6423 (36mm), 6411 (41mm) bulbs or a brighter LED bulb.

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

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Pry Out Left Side of Housing
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Pull Housing Out of Headliner
To prevent from scratching the plastic surfaces, you may want to cover the tip of your screwdriver with a thin micro fiber cloth.

Insert the blade of the small flathead screwdriver in between the light housing and the headliner at the edge near the "On/Off" rocker switch.

Gently pry out the light housing and remove it from the headliner.

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Old Bulb Exposed
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Disconnect Power Plug
An optional step is to press the release tab on the black plastic electrical connector and slide it off the end of the housing.
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Remove Old Bulb
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Old # DE3175 Bulb
Gently pull back the curved metal electrical contact to release the old bulb from the socket.



 

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Push In New # DE 3175 Bulb
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Push On Power Plug
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.

Tip - If you install an LED bulb and it doesn't work at first, try removing it and flipping it around in the socket.

Push the power plug straight on to the light housing until it clicks securely in to place.

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Re-Insert Bulb Housing
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Pop In Retaining Clip On Left
Re-insert the wires and electrical connector in to the opening in the headliner first.

Gently pop in the retaining clip on the left side.

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Housing Re-Installed
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Test New Vanity Mirror Bulb
Test the new vanity mirror light bulb by flipping the rocker switch to the "On" position.

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

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