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Kia Sorento Headlight Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out low beam, high beam and front turn signal light bulb in a 2016 to 2020 Kia Sorento.

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2019 Sorento Headlights
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Rear of Headlight Housing
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1/4 Turn Counterclockwise

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the third generation (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020) Kia Sorento SUV in changing a burnt out low beam, high beam and front turn signal light bulb located in the headlight housings.

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

The compatible replacement bulb part numbers for this 2019 Sorento are as follows: Low Beam # H7, High Beam # 9005 and Front Turn Signal # 2357A (or 2357NA).

Please double check the part numbers on your old light bulbs before purchasing new ones.

Earlier 2016, 2017 and 2018 Sorento models are equipped with H7 bulbs for both the low and high beam.

If you would like to have brighter lights, install some H7 LED, 9005 LED and 2357A LED bulbs.

No tools are required to access and replace any of the bulbs.

The first two steps are to open the hood and then move to the side of the vehicle with the burnt out headlight bulb.

The low beam light bulb is situated at the center of the headlight housing.

Reach in the engine bay behind the headlight assembly and remove the round black plastic dust cap by rotating it 1/4 turn in the counterclockwise direction.



 

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Remove Dust Cap
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Base of Old Low Beam
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Set the dust cover aside in a safe place.

Rotate the base of the old low beam light bulb 1/4 turn in the counterclockwise direction before pulling it straight out of the housing.

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Low Beam Bulb Removed
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Pull Bulb Out of Socket
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Philips H7 Low Beam
Carefully pull the old low beam light bulb straight out of the black plastic socket.

If you have trouble removing the old light bulb, try gently wiggling it back and forth while pulling it straight out.

The OEM (original equipment manufacturer) low beam light bulb in this 2019 Sorento was a Philips H7.

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Push New Bulb In Socket
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Low Beam Bulb Housing
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Push a new number H7 light bulb straight into the socket.

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

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

If you would like to have brighter low beam headlights, install some H7 LED light bulbs.

Install the new low beam bulb into the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn in the clockwise direction to secure it into place.

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New Low Beam Installed
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Plastic Debris Cover
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1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
Line up the round black plastic dust cover with the rear of the housing.

You'll notice that the cover is equipped with a white desiccant pouch used to absorb moisture from the low beam housing.

Replace the cover by rotating it 1/4 turn in the clockwise direction.

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High Beam - Inner Corner
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Round Plastic Dust Cap
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The high beam light bulb is situated close to the inner corner of the headlight housing.

Reach in behind the headlight housing and twist off the round black plastic dust cover 1/4 turn in the counterclockwise direction.

Set the cover aside in a safe place.

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High Beam Bulb Exposed
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Pull Back Retaining Clip
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Power Plug Disconnected
Gently pull back the retaining clip on the black plastic electrical connector and slide the power plug down off the base of the old high beam light bulb.
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1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
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Old Light Bulb Removed
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Sylvania Part # 9005
Rotate the base of the old high beam light bulb 1/4 turn in the counterclockwise direction before pulling it straight out of the housing.

The OEM high beam light bulb in this 2019 Sorento was a Sylvania 9005.

If you would like to have brighter high beam lights that will also last much longer before burning out, install some compatible replacement 9005 LED bulbs.

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Empty Bulb Housing
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Install New High Beam
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Push On Power Plug
Avoid touching the glass part of the new halogen light bulb with your fingers or anything greasy in the engine bay.

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

Any grease or dirt on the glass part of the new halogen bulb may cause a hot spot and lead to premature failure.

Install the new high beam bulb into the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn in the clockwise direction to secure it into place.

Slide the electrical connector on to the base of the new light bulb.

You should feel or hear the electrical connector's retaining clip "click" securely into place.

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Replace Access Cover
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Turn Signal - Outer Corner
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Base of Bulb Socket
Line up the access cover with the rear of the high beam housing.

Replace the cover by rotating it 1/4 turn in the clockwise direction.

The front turn signal light bulb is situated at the outer corner of the headlight assembly.

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1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
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Remove Old Light Bulb
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Install New Light Bulb
Reach in behind the headlight assembly and rotate the small black plastic tab on the rear end of the front turn signal bulb socket 1/4 turn in the counterclockwise direction before pulling it straight out of the housing.

Push the old light bulb down into the socket and rotate it 1/4 turn in the counterclockwise direction before pulling it straight out of the socket.

Push a new bayonet style number 2357A (or 2357NA "natural amber") light bulb down into the socket and rotate it 1/4 turn in the clockwise direction to secure it into place.

If you would like to have brighter front turn signal lights that will also last much longer before burning out, install some compatible replacement 2357A LED light bulbs.

(The front side marker lights are comprised of LED bulbs that should last the life time of the vehicle.)

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Turn Signal Bulb Housing
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Test New Headlight Bulbs
Clean off any grease, oil or dust from the new halogen front turn signal light bulb with a paper towel and some rubbing alcohol.

Re-insert the bulb socket into the opening and rotate it 1/4 turn in the clockwise direction to secure it into place.

To test the new light bulbs, turn on the headlights, flash the high beams and activate the hazard signals.

Tip - If you installed any LED bulbs and they don't work, try unplugging the electrical connector, rotating it 180 degrees and pushing it back on to the base of the bulb. Some LED bulbs are polarized and will only work when the "+" positive and "-" negative electrical contacts are in the correct orientation.

Be sure to write down the bulb change in your vehicle's service records.

Please take a look at all of my 2016-2020 Kia Sorento DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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