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Kia Sportage Glove Box Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out glove box light bulb in a 4th generation 2017 to 2022 Kia Sportage SUV with the part number.

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Paul B. Michaels
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Auto Mechanic Since 1989

2018 Sportage Glove Box
Open Glove Box - Light
Light Housing At Top
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the fourth generation (2017, 2018, 2019 and probably also the refreshed 2020, 2021 and 2022) Kia Sportage SUV in changing a burnt out light bulb located in the housing attached to the ceiling of the glove box or upgrading it to a brighter LED bulb.

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 miniature wedge base light bulb part number is 2825 (also known as W5W).

If you would like to have a brighter glove box light, install a 2825 LED bulb.

The only tool needed to pry out the housing and access the bulb is a small flathead screwdriver or a plastic pry bar tool.

The first two steps are to open the glove box and empty out the contents.


Glove Box Light Housing
Pry Out Light Housing
Push In Release Tab
Insert the blade of your screwdriver or plastic pry bar tool into the notch at the right (passenger) side of the light housing.

Gently pry out the light housing from the ceiling of the glove box.

Push in the release tab on the black plastic electrical connector before sliding it straight off the light housing.

Disconnect Power Plug
Pry Off Back Cover
Black Plastic Rear Cover
Use the flathead screwdriver or plastic pry bar tool to gently remove the black plastic cover on the back side of the light housing.
Push Out Old Light Bulb
Old Light Bulb Removed
New Light Bulb
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.

Use the small flathead screwdriver to gently push the bottom of the old light bulb out of the socket.

Install New Light Bulb
Pop On Rear Cover
Push In Connector
Push a new number 2825 light bulb straight into the socket.

If you would like to have a brighter glove box light bulb that will also last a lot longer, choose a compatible replacement 2825 LED bulb.

Snap the black plastic cover back on to the back side of the light housing.

Push the power plug straight into its socket.

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.

Re-Insert Wires First
Snap In Retaining Clip
Test New Glove Box Light
Re-insert the wires and the left (driver) side of the housing back into the opening first.

Then gently pop in the retaining clip on the right (passenger) side of the housing.

The new light bulb should have turned on immediately when you pushed in the electrical connector. If it didn't, test the new light bulb by opening and closing the glove box or push the "Unlock" button on the key fob to re-activate the interior lights.

Be sure to write down 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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