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Kia Soul Headlight Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change the low beam, high beam, turn signal & side marker light bulbs in the headlights of a 2009-2013 Kia Soul.

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2013 Soul Headlight
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Low Beam - High - Turn Signal
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Low Beam Outer Corner

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 low beam, high beam, turn signal or front side marker light bulb in the headlights.

Owners of other Kia and Hyundai vehicles with similar headlight assemblies 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.

Replacement bulbs for the 2009, 2010 and 2011 Kia Soul are as follows: Low / High Beam # 9003, Turn Signal # 64136 and Side Marker # 168.

Replacement bulbs for the 2012 & 2013 Kia Soul with their part numbers are as follows: Low Beam # H11B, High Beam # H7, Turn Signal # 2357A or 2357NA and Front Side Marker Light # 168.

No tools are needed to change any of the headlight bulbs.

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Black Plastic Dust Cap
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1/4 Turn Counter Clockwise
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Plastic Cover Removed
The approximate locations of each bulb in the headlight housing are indicated on Picture # 2 above.

The Low Beam bulb is located near the center of the headlight assembly closer to the outer edge.

Reach in behind the headlight and rotate the black plastic dust cover 1/4 turn counter clockwise before removing it. Set the cap aside in a safe place.

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Low Beam Bulb Exposed
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1/4 Turn Counter Clockwise
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Remove Old Low Beam Bulb
Rotate the base of the old low beam bulb 1/4 turn counter clockwise and pull it straight out of the housing.
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Osram H11B Bulb
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Empty Bulb Socket
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Insert New Low Beam Bulb
Try to avoid touching the glass part of the new halogen low beam bulb with your fingers or anything greasy in the engine bay.

If you do get the new bulb dirty, wipe it clean with an alcohol moistened paper towel.

Insert the new # H11B bulb in to the socket and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

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1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
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Twist On Dust Cap Clockwise
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High Beam - Inner Corner
Replace the black plastic dust cover by twisting it on in the clockwise direction.

The High Beam bulb is located near the inner corner of the headlight housing.

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Twist Off Dust Cover
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1/4 Turn Counter Clockwise
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High Beam Bulb Exposed
Reach in behind the headlight assembly and twist off the black plastic dust cap in the counter clockwise direction.
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Pull Off Power Plug
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Electrical Connector Removed
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Push In & Lift Up
Pull the black plastic power plug straight off the back of the old high beam bulb.

The old high beam bulb is held in place by a hinged metal retaining arm.

Slightly push in the right side of the retaining arm towards the front of the car to release the hook.

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Metal Arm Released
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Pull Out Old High Beam
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Philips H7 12V 55W
Swing open the retaining arm to the left side to release the old high beam bulb.

Pull the old bulb straight out of the housing.



 

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Empty Bulb Socket
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Insert New H7 Bulb
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Swing Closed Retaining Arm
Try to avoid touching the glass part of the new halogen high beam bulb with your fingers or anything greasy in the engine bay. If you do get the bulb dirty, wipe it clean with an alcohol moistened paper towel.

Insert the new H7 high beam bulb in to the socket.

Swing the metal retaining arm closed from the left side over to the right and secure it to the hook.

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Push On Power Plug
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Twist On Plastic Cover
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Turn Signal - Bottom Edge
Push the power plug on to the base of the new high beam bulb.

Replace the plastic dust cap by twisting it on in the clockwise direction.

The Turn Signal bulb is located at the bottom of the headlight housing near the outer edge.

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Turn Signal Bulb Socket
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1/4 Turn Counter Clockwise
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Remove Bulb Socket
Rotate the black plastic tab on the base of the turn signal light bulb socket 1/4 turn counter clockwise and pull it straight out of the housing.
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Push Down & 1/4 Turn CC
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1/4 Turn Clockwise
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Side Marker - Outer Edge
To remove the old turn signal light bulb, push it down in to the socket and rotate it 1/4 turn counter clockwise before pulling it straight out of the socket.

Insert a new # 2357A bulb ( down in to the socket and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to lock it in place.

(The 2010 and 2011 Kia Soul requires a # 64136 turn signal light bulb.)

The Front Side Marker light bulb is located at the outer edge of the headlight housing.

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Black Plastic Bulb Socket
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1/4 Turn Counter Clockwise
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Bulb Socket Removed
Reach in behind the headlight and rotate the small black plastic bulb socket 1/4 turn counter clockwise before pulling it straight out.

Pull the old side marker bulb straight out of the socket and push in a new # 168 bulb.

You may also use any other compatible miniature wedge base bulbs such as the # 194, W5W, 2825 or a brighter LED unit.

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Pull Out # 168 Bulb
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Test New Headlight Bulbs
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Test High Beam Bulb
Re-insert the socket in to the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

Test the new bulbs by turning on the headlights, flashing the high beams and activating the hazard signals.

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

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