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Kia Sportage Glove Box Light Bulb Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out glove box light bulb in a 3rd generation 2011 to 2016 Kia Sportage SUV with pictures.

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Paul B. Michaels
Author & Photographer
Auto Mechanic Since 1989

2014 Sportage Glove Box
Glove Box Light Housing
Pry Out Light Housing
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the third generation (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016) Kia Sportage SUV in changing a burnt out glove box light bulb.

Owners of other Kia and Hyundai vehicles such as the Optima, Forte, Cadenza, K900, Rio, Sorento, Sedona, Soul, Elantra, Veloster, Sonata, Azera, Tucson, Santa Fe, Genesis and Equus may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A replacement glove box light bulb is part number 2825 or W5W.

If necessary, you may also use any other miniature wedge base bulbs such as the # 158, 168, 194 or a compatible LED unit.

(Sylvania lists the replacement bulb as a festoon type # 6418.)

The only tool needed to replace the bulb is a small flathead screwdriver used to pry out the light housing.

Remove Light Housing
Press Release Tab
Power Plug Disconnected
Open the glove box and locate the small notch on the left side of the light housing.

To keep from scratching the plastic surfaces, you may choose to cover the tip of your screwdriver with a thin micro fiber cloth.

Insert the blade of the small flathead screwdriver in to the notch on the left side and gently pry out the housing.

Press the release button on the black plastic electrical connector and pull the plug off the housing.

Black Plastic Cover
Pry Off Rear Cover
Old Light Bulb Exposed
Gently pry off the black plastic cover on the rear of the light housing.
Gently Push Out Old Bulb
Old Bulb Removed
Push In New # 168 Bulb


Either pull out the old bulb with your fingers or gently push it out from the rear with the small flathead screwdriver.

Push a new # 2825 or W5W miniature wedge base bulb in to the socket.

(If your Sportage is equipped with a festoon or "fuse" type light bulb, install a new # 6418 bulb in to the socket.)

Push On Black Plastic Cover
Housing Re-Assembled
Push On Electrical Connector
Push the black plastic cover on to the rear of the light housing.

Push the power plug on until it clicks securely in to place.

Re-Insert Wires First
Pop In Retaining Clip
Test New Glove Box Bulb
Re-insert the wires first and then gently snap in the retaining clip on the left side of the light bulb housing.

Test the new light bulb by closing and opening the glove box or by pressing the unlock button on the key fob.

Check out my other 2011-2015 Kia Sportage DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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