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Kia Soul Cargo Area Light Bulb Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out cargo area light bulb in a 2nd generation 2014 to 2019 Kia Soul with the part number.

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2019 Soul Cargo Area
Pry Out Light Housing
Light Housing Removed
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the 2nd generation (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019 model years) Kia Soul in changing a burnt out cargo area light bulb.

Owners of other Kia, Hyundai or Genesis vehicles such as the Niro, Sportage, Sedona, Telluride, Sorento, Rio, Forte, Optima, K900, Cadenza, Stinger, Tucson, Santa Fe, Kona, Palisade, Elantra, Sonata, Accent, Veloster, Ioniq, Nexo, Venue, G70, G80 and G90 may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The compatible replacement festoon style light bulb part number is DE3175.

If you would like to have a brighter cargo area light, install a DE3175 LED bulb.

The only tool needed to access and replace the bulb is a small flat head screwdriver or a plastic pry bar tool.

The first two steps are to open the tailgate and then move to the right (passenger) side of the cargo area.

The cargo area light housing is located in between the storage pocket and the 12V power outlet.

Insert a small flat head screwdriver or the plastic pry bar tool in between the top edge of the light housing and the black plastic cargo area interior body panel.

Gently pry out the light housing.

Try to avoid using excessive force to prevent from cracking the plastic lens cover. The light housing should pop out relatively easily.


Push In Release Tab
Disconnect Power Plug
Pry off Lens Cover
Push in the release tab on the black plastic electrical connector before sliding it straight out of its socket.

Use the flat head screwdriver or plastic pry bar tool to gently pop the translucent plastic lens off the front of the light housing.

Old Light Bulb Exposed
Pull Bulb Out of Socket
OEM Light Bulb Removed
Set the lens cover aside in a safe place.

If the old light bulb was recently turned on, be careful when you remove it since the bulb might still be hot enough to burn your fingers.

Pull the old light bulb straight out of the socket.

The OEM (original equipment manufacturer) light bulb was marked as part number KHA12V10W (12 volts 10 watts).

Push In New Light Bulb
Pop On Lens Cover
Slide In Power Plug
Push a new number DE3175 light bulb straight into the socket.

If you would like to have a brighter cargo area light, install a compatible replacement DE3175 LED bulb.

Slide the electrical connector straight into its socket on the side of the light housing.

Re-Insert Wires First
Snap In Retaining Clip
Light Housing Secured
Re-insert the wires and the bottom of the light housing back into place first.

Then gently pop in the retaining clip on the top edge of the housing.

The new light bulb should have turned on immediately when you pushed in the power plug. If not, press the "Unlock" button on the key fob to re-activate the interior lights.

Tip - If you installed an LED bulb and it doesn't work, try removing it from the socket, rotating it 180 degrees and pushing it back into the socket. Some LED bulbs are polarized and will only work when the "+" positive and "-" negative electrical contacts are in the correct orientation.

Don't forget to write down the bulb change in your vehicle's service records.

For more, please check out all of my 2014-2019 Kia Soul DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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