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Kia Sportage Fog Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out fog light bulb in the front bumper cover of a 4th generation 2017 to 2022 Kia Sportage.

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Paul B. Michaels
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Auto Mechanic Since 1989

2018 Sportage Fog Light
Front Wheel & Tire
Wheel Well Liner
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the fourth generation (2017, 2018, 2019 and probably also the revised 2020, 2021 and 2022 model years) Kia Sportage SUV in changing a burnt out fog light bulb located in the housing attached to the lower part of the front bumper cover.

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, Rondo, Carens, Veloster, Ioniq, Nexo, Palisade, G70, G80 and G90 may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The compatible replacement halogen light bulb is part number 9006.

If you would like to have brighter fog lights, install some 9006 LED bulbs.

The tools needed to access and replace the bulbs include a small flathead screwdriver and a plastic pry bar tool.

To create more working room in the wheel well, turn the steering wheel all the way in the opposite direction of the burnt out fog light bulb.


Pry Out Center of Fastener
Remove Base of Fastener
Remove Second Pop Rivet
Move to the side of the SUV with the burnt out fog light bulb.

Locate the four round black plastic pop rivet fasteners along the front outer edge of the wheel well liner or "splash guard".

Use a small flathead screwdriver or a plastic pry bar tool to lift out the smaller round center pin of each fastener.

Then pull out the base of the pop rivets.

Remove 3rd Fastener
Remove 4th Fastener
Four Pop Rivets Removed
Set the four pop rivets aside in a safe place.
Pry Open Wheel Well Liner
Pull Back Plastic Liner
Base of Old Light Bulb
Use the plastic pry bar tool to gently pull back the wheel well liner.

You may be able to wedge the wheel well liner against the front tire to hold it in place.

Look inside the wheel well and locate the rear of the old light bulb and the housing.

Press Release Tab
Power Plug Removed
1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
Push in the release tab on the grey plastic electrical connector before sliding it straight off the base of the old light bulb.

Rotate the old light bulb 1/4 turn in the counterclockwise direction until it is past the black plastic tab that prevented the bulb from rotating while the power plug while still attached.


Old Light Bulb Removed
Sylvania 9006 Bulb
Install New Light Bulb
Pull the old light bulb straight out of the housing.

The original OEM light bulb was a Sylvania 9006.

Avoid touching the glass part of the new halogen bulb with your fingers or anything greasy in the wheel well.

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

(Having grease, oil or dirt on the new bulb can cause hot spots and possibly shorten its useful life.)

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

New Bulb In Housing
1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
Push On Power Plug
Push the power plug straight into the socket on the bottom of the new light bulb.

You should feel or hear the electrical connector "click" securely into place.

Replace Splash Guard
Re-Insert Pop Rivets
Pop In Middle Button
Push the wheel well liner back into place.

Make sure the smaller pin in the center of the fasteners are in the up and fully released position.

Replace Other Pop Rivets
Plastic Liner Secured
Fog Light Bulb Replaced
Re-insert the four pop rivets and push in the pins to lock them into place.

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

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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