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Kia Soul Dome Light Bulb Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out overhead dome light bulb in a first generation 2009 to 2013 Kia Soul with pictures.

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2013 Soul Dome Light
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Screwdriver In Notch
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Gently Pry Out Lens Cover

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the 1st generation (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013) Kia Soul in changing a burnt out overhead dome light bulb above the rear passenger seats.

Owners of other Kia and Hyundai vehicles with similar dome light housings such as the Forte, Cadenza, Rio, Optima, 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 various manufacturers such as Sylvania, Osram, GE, PIAA and Eiko.

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

The only tool needed to replace the bulb is a small flathead screwdriver or a plastic panel pry tool used to remove 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 prevent from scratching the plastic surfaces, you may choose to either wrap the tip of your screwdriver with a thin micro fiber cloth or use a plastic automotive panel pry tool.

Insert the blade of your small flathead screwdriver in to one of the two small notches on the front edge of the translucent plastic lens cover.

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

If the old bulb was recently illuminated, be careful since it may still be hot enough to burn your skin.

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 # DE3175 Bulb
Push a new # DE3175 bulb straight in to the socket.

You might also be able to use any other festoon style bulb that is close to 31mm in size such as the # 6418 (35mm), 6423 (36mm), 6411 (41mm) and DE3022 (29mm).

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

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Slide Switch To "On"
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Re-Insert Tabs On Rear Edge
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Gently Snap In Front Edge
Test the new dome light bulb by sliding the "Off - Door - On" switch to the "On" position.

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

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Lens Cover Replaced
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Move Switch To "Door"
Gently pop in the front edge of the lens cover.

Slide the switch to the "Door" position so the dome light will turn on whenever a passenger door is opened.

For more, check out my other Kia Soul DIY Maintenance Guides.
 

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