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Kia Soul License Plate Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out license plate light bulb in the tail gate of a 1st generation 2009-2013 Kia Soul with photos.

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2013 Soul License Lights
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Left License Plate Light
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Push In Release Tab

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 license plate light bulb in the cargo tail gate.

Owners of other Kia and Hyundai vehicles with similar license plate light bulb 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 light bulb is part number 168 from various manufacturers such as Sylvania, GE, Eiko and PIAA.

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

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

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Retaining Clip Released
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Pull Out Light Housing
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1/4 Turn Counter Clockwise
The first step is to gently push in one of the release tabs on the sides of the license plate light housing with a small flathead screwdriver.

Gently pull the light housing out of the tail gate.

Rotate the black plastic light bulb socket 1/4 turn counter clockwise and pull it straight out of the housing.

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Remove Bulb Socket
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Pull Out Old Bulb
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# 168 Mini Wedge Base Bulb
Pull the old bulb straight out of the socket.
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Push In New # 168 Bulb
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Re-Insert Bulb Socket
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1/4 Turn Clockwise
Push a new # 168 bulb straight in to the socket.

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

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Re-Insert Wires First
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Pop In Light Housing
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Test New Light Bulb
Re-insert the wires in to the tail gate first and then gently pop in the two retaining clips on the light housing.

Test the new license plate light bulbs by turning on the headlights.

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

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