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Kia Sorento Map Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out map light bulb in the overhead console of a 3rd generation 2016 to 2020 Kia Sorento.

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2019 Sorento Map Lights
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Pry Out Near Front
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Lens Cover Removed

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 map light bulb in the overhead console or upgrading both of the bulbs to brighter LED units.

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 festoon style light bulb part number is DE3175 which is available from various manufacturers such as Sylvania, GE, Bosch, Philips, Eiko and PIAA.

If you would like to have brighter map lights, install some DE3175 LED bulbs.

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

To prevent from scratching the plastic surfaces, I recommend either using a plastic trim panel removal tool or cover the tip of your screwdriver with a thin micro fiber cloth.

Carefully insert the blade of your screwdriver or plastic tool in between the edge of the lens cover and the overhead console close to the front of the car (near the windshield).

Gently pry out the lens cover to release the two "C" shaped retaining clips.

Only pry near the front edge of the lens cover (closer to the windshield).

Do NOT pry out the rear edge of the lens cover (closer to the back of the SUV) since there are two plastic tabs that might break off.

Pull out the lens cover and remove the two tabs on the rear edge from the light housing.



 
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Tabs Rear - C Clips Front
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Close Up Tabs & Clips
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Old Light Bulb Exposed
Set the lens cover aside in a safe place.

If the old light bulb was recently turned on, allow it to cool off for at least few minutes.

Be careful when you remove the old light bulb, it might still be hot enough to burn your fingers.

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Pry Back Metal Contact
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Pull Out Old Light Bulb
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Old Light Bulb Removed
Gently pry back the flexible metal electrical contact to release the old light bulb from the socket.

Pull the old light bulb out of the socket.

The OEM (original equipment manufacturer) light bulb in this 2019 Sorento was marked as part number KHA12V10W 18A17C.

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Empty Bulb Socket
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Push In New Light Bulb
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New Bulb Installed
Push the new number DE3175 festoon style light bulb into the socket.

Make sure it is securely seated between the two electrical contacts.

If you would like to have brighter map lights, install some compatible replacement DE3175 LED light bulbs.

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Press On / Off Button
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Line Up Lens Cover
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Insert Tabs - Rear Edge
I recommend testing the new light bulb before replacing the lens cover.

Press the round clear plastic "On / Off" button.

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.

Line up the lens cover with the light housing.

First, re-insert the two tabs on the rear edge of the lens cover into the light housing.

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Pop "C" Clips On Pegs
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Lens Cover Secured
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Test New Map Lights
Then swing closed the front edge (closer to the windshield) and gently snap in the two "C" shaped retaining clips over their mounting bars.

Double check that the lens cover is securely in place.

To test the new map light bulbs, press on the rear area of the lens cover to activate the "On / Off" switches.

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

Check out all of my 2016-2020 Kia Sorento DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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