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Kia Sportage Dome Light Bulb Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out overhead dome light bulb in a 3rd generation 2011 to 2016 Kia Sportage SUV with photos.

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2014 Sportage Dome Light
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Notch In Front Edge
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Insert Flathead Screwdriver

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the third generation (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016) Kia Sportage SUV in changing a burnt out dome light bulb above the rear passenger seats.

Owners of other Kia and Hyundai vehicles such as the Optima, Forte, Cadenza, K900, Rio, Sorento, 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" type light bulb is part number 6461 which is about 35mm to 36mm (1.38") in length.

You can also use a brighter LED bulb.

The bulbs are available from a variety of manufacturers such as Sylvania, Osram, PIAA, Eiko, Wagner, Pilot and AGT.

The only tool needed to change the bulb is a small flathead screwdriver used to pry out the translucent plastic lens cover.

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Front Edge Removed
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Lens Cover Removed
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Old Dome Bulb Exposed
To prevent from scratching the plastic surfaces, you may choose to cover the tip of your screwdriver with a thin micro fiber cloth.

Insert the blade of the small flathead screwdriver in to the notch on the front edge of the lens cover.

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

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Pull Out Old Bulb
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Old # 6461 Bulb
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Empty Bulb Socket
If the old light bulb was recently turned on, be careful since it might still be hot enough to burn your fingers.

Grasp the old bulb with your thumb and forefinger before pulling it straight out of the socket.

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Push In New 6461 Bulb
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Slide Switch To "On"
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Insert Tabs On Rear Edge
Push a new # 6461 festoon bulb straight in to the socket.

If necessary, you may also be able to use a # 6418 (35mm) or the 6411 (41mm) bulbs.

(Tip - If you are installing an LED bulb and it doesn't work at first, try flipping it around in the socket.)

Test the new dome light bulb by moving the switch to the "On" position.

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Tabs Inserted
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Pop In Front Edge
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Switch Switch To "Door"
First re-insert the tabs on the rear edge of the lens cover in to the housing first.

Then gently snap in the front edge of the lens cover.

Move the "On/Off/Door" switch to the "Door" position so that the dome light will turn on when ever a passenger door is opened.

Check out my other 2011-2015 Kia Sportage DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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