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Kia Soul Fog Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out fog light bulb in the front bumper cover of a 2nd generation 2014 to 2019 Kia Soul.

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2019 Soul Fog Light
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Under Bumper Cover
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Locate Fasteners
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 fog light bulb located in the housing attached to the front bumper cover.

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 halogen light bulb part number is H8.

If you would like to have brighter fog lights, install some H8 LED bulbs.

The tools needed to access and replace the bulbs include a small flat head screwdriver, a plastic pry bar tool and a Phillips head screwdriver or a 10mm socket with a 1/4" drive ratchet.



 

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Two Plastic Pop Rivets
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Pry Out Center of Fastener
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Remove Base of Fastener
The first step is to turn the steering wheel all the way in the opposite direction of the burnt out fog light bulb.

Turning the front wheels will help create more working room in the wheel well to access the bulb socket through the black plastic wheel well liner.

Look under the front bumper cover below the fog light housing.

There are two round black plastic pop rivet fasteners that secure the front edge of the cover below the bumper cover.

Use the flat head screwdriver or a plastic pry bar tool to gently pull out the smaller round button in the center of the fastener.

Then pull out the base of the pop rivet.

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Release 2nd Pop Rivet
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Two Pop Rivets Removed
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Pull Down Lower Cover
Repeat the process to remove the second pop rivet.

Set the two pop rivet fasteners aside in a safe place.

Gently pull down the front edge of the cover located under the front bumper cover and below the fog light bulb housing.

Unfortunately, the light bulb can not be accessed through the underside of the front bumper cover.

Removing the two pop rivets will make it easier to access the bulb through the wheel well liner since this plastic panel under the bumper cover is attached to the wheel well liner.

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Turn Front Wheels
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Wheel Well Liner
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Pop Rivet & Metal Screw
Move to the wheel well liner located just in front of the tire closest to the burnt out fog light bulb.

Locate the round black plastic pop rivet fastener and the metal screw in front of the tire as shown in the pictures above.

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Pry Out Pop Rivet
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Plastic Fastener Removed
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Pry Out Wheel Well Liner
Pry out the round button in the center of the pop rivet to unlock the fastener.

Then pull out the base of the fastener to remove it from the wheel well liner.

I prematurely tried to pry open the wheel well liner before discovering that the screw near the top should also be removed for easier access to the bulb.



 

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Metal Screw - Top
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Loosen Counterclockwise
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Metal Screw Removed
Remove the metal screw located situated closer to the top of the wheel well liner by turning it in the counterclockwise direction with a 10mm socket and a 1/4" drive ratchet.

You could also use a short or "stubby" Phillips head screwdriver.

Set the screw aside with the two pop rivets.

Use the plastic pry bar tool to carefully pull back the wheel well liner.

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1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
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Old Light Bulb Removed
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Pinch Two Release Tabs
Reach in past the wheel well liner and grasp the base of the old fog light bulb.

Rotate the base of the old bulb 1/4 turn in the counterclockwise direction to release it from the housing.

Pinch or "squeeze" together the two release tabs on the sides of the electrical connector before sliding it straight off the base of the old light bulb.

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Power Plug Disconnected
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Power Plug On New Bulb
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1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
The OEM (original equipment manufacturer) light bulb was marked as part number Excelite H8 LL 12V 35W.

Try to avoid touching the glass part of the new halogen bulb with your fingers or anything dirty in the wheel well.

If you do get the new bulb dirty, wipe it clean with a paper towel and some rubbing alcohol.

Push the electrical connector straight on to the base of the new H8 halogen light bulb.

You should feel or hear the power plug "click" securely into place.

If you would like to have brighter fog lights that will also last a lot longer before burning out, install some compatible replacement H8 LED bulbs.

Insert the new bulb into the socket on the rear of the light housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it into place.

I recommend testing the new light bulb before replacing all of the fasteners for the wheel well liner and under cover.

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Replace Metal Screw
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Re-Insert Pop Rivets
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Push In Center of Fastener
Push the wheel well liner back into place.

Replace the screw near the top part of the liner by rotating it in the clockwise direction with the 10mm socket and a 1/4" drive ratchet or a Phillips head screwdriver.

Re-insert the plastic pop rivet and then push in the button in the center of it to lock the fastener in place.

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Two Pop Rivets Replaced
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Bottom Cover Secured
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Test New Fog Light Bulb
Then move to the area under the front bumper cover and push the plastic panel back into place.

Re-insert the two pop rivets and push in the center pieces to secure them in place.

To test the new light bulbs, turn on the headlights and then activate the fog lights.

Be sure 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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