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Kia Sportage Rear Parking Light Bulb Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out rear parking light bulb in the tailgate 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 Parking Light
Open Tailgate Door
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the fourth generation (2017, 2018, 2019 and maybe also the updated 2020, 2021 and 2022) Kia Sportage SUV in changing a burnt out rear parking light bulb located in the separate housing attached to the tailgate door for the cargo area.

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 bayonet style rear parking light bulb is part number 2357.

If you would like to have brighter rear parking lights, install some 2357 LED bulbs.

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

The first two steps are to open the tailgate and move to the side of the vehicle with the burnt out rear parking light bulb.


Insert Flathead Screwdriver
Pry Out Access Cover
Locate the somewhat square shaped plastic access cover in the interior tailgate panel.

Insert the blade of a flathead screwdriver or a plastic pry bar tool into the notch at the top edge of the access cover.

Gently pry out the access cover.

Set the access cover aside in a safe place.

Access Cover Removed
1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
Once the cover is out of the way, you'll be able to see the black plastic bulb socket and the red plastic back side of the light housing.

Rotate the base of the bulb socket 1/4 turn in the counterclockwise direction before pulling it straight out of the housing.

Pull Out Bulb Socket
Push Down & 1/4 Turn CC
Push the old light bulb down into the socket and rotate it 1/4 turn in the counterclockwise direction before pulling it straight out.

Try to avoid using excessive force.

The old light bulb should rotate and be able to be removed from the socket relatively easily.

Old Light Bulb Removed
Push In & 1/4 Turn Cl.
Push a new number 2357 bayonet style light bulb 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 rear parking lights, install some compatible replacement 2357 LED bulbs.

(The LED bulbs will also last a lot longer than the traditional incandescent style light bulbs.)


1/4 Turn Clockwise
Bulb Socket Installed
Clean off the new bulb with a paper towel and some rubbing alcohol.

If there is any grease or dirt on the new bulb from your fingers, it could create hot spots and shorten the useful life of the bulb.

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

Line Up Hooks - Bottom
Pop In Access Cover
Line up the access cover with the opening in the tailgate interior panel.

First, re-insert the hooks at the bottom of the panel.

Then firmly snap in the retaining clips at the top of the cover.

Access Cover Secured
Test New Parking Light
Double check that the access cover is securely in place.

To test the new light bulbs, turn on the parking lights or switch on the headlights.

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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