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Kia Sportage Cargo Area Light Bulb Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out cargo area light bulb in a 4th generation 2017 to 2022 Kia Sportage with the part number.

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Paul B. Michaels
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Auto Mechanic Since 1989

2018 Sportage Cargo Area
Pry Out Light Housing
Light Housing Removed
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the fourth generation (2017, 2018, 2019 and possibly also the refreshed 2020, 2021 and 2022) Kia Sportage SUV in changing a burnt out cargo area (or "trunk") light bulb located near the tailgate door.

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

The compatible replacement festoon style light bulb is part number 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 flathead screwdriver or a plastic pry bar tool.

Insert the blade of your screwdriver or plastic pry bar tool into the notch at the top edge of the light housing.

Gently pry out the light housing from the plastic cargo area interior panel.


Push In Release Tab
Power Plug Disconnected
Pry Off Lens Cover
Gently push in the release tab on the white plastic electrical connector before sliding it straight out of its socket.

Use the small flathead screwdriver to gently pry off the translucent plastic lens cover from the black plastic bulb housing.

Lens Cover Removed
Pry Out Old Light Bulb
Old Light Bulb Removed
Set the lens cover aside in a safe place.

Gently pry out the old light bulb from the socket.

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

The original OEM festoon style light bulb was marked as part number KHA12V10W 17F12C.

Push In New Light Bulb
Pop On Lens Cover
Push In Power Plug
Push a new 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.

Gently snap the lens cover back into place over the light housing.

Push the electrical connector straight into its socket.

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

Re-Insert Wires First
Pop In Retaining Clip
Cargo Light Bulb Replaced
First, re-insert the wires and bottom edge of the light housing into the cargo area interior panel.

Then snap in the retaining clip on the top edge to secure the housing in place.

If the new cargo area light bulb didn't turn on immediately when you pushed in the power plug, re-activate the interior lights by pressing the "Unlock" button on the key fob or close and open the tailgate door.

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

Please check out all of my 2017-2022 Kia Sportage DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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