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Hyundai Santa Fe Cargo Area Light Bulb Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out cargo area light bulb in the tailgate of a 3rd generation 2013-2016 Hyundai Santa Fe.

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2014 Santa Fe Tailgate Door
Cargo Area Light Housing
Screwdriver In Notch
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the third generation (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and perhaps also the face lifted 2017 model year) Hyundai Santa Fe in changing a burnt out cargo area light bulb in the tailgate door.

Owners of other Hyundai or Kia vehicles such as the Optima, Cadenza, K900, Sorento, Sportage, Sedona, Soul, Elantra, Veloster, Sonata, Azera, Tucson, Forte, Genesis, Cerato, Spectra, Accent, Sephia, i20, i30, ix35, i40 and Equus may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A replacement festoon or "fuse" style light bulb is part number DE3022.

You may also use a brighter LED bulb or the similar DE3175.

The only tool needed to access and replace the bulb is a small flathead screwdriver used to pry out the lens cover.

Pry Out Lens Cover
Lens Cover Removed
Old Light Bulb Exposed
To prevent from scratching the plastic surfaces, you may choose to cover the tip of your screwdriver with a thin micro fiber cloth or instead use a plastic pry bar tool.

Insert the blade of the flathead screwdriver in to the notch on the left (passenger) side of the lens cover near the "On / Off / Door" switch.

Gently pry out the lens cover and set it aside in a safe place.

Try to avoid using excessive force. The lens cover should pop out relatively easily.

Pull Out Old Light Bulb
Old # DE3022 Bulb
Empty Bulb Socket
If the old bulb was recently turned on, be careful since it might still be hot enough to burn your fingers.

Pull the old bulb straight out of the socket.


Push In New DE 3022
Test New Light Bulb
Re-Insert Plastic Tabs
Push a new number DE3022 light bulb straight in to the socket.

If you are installing an LED bulb and it doesn't work, try flipping it around in the socket.

Re-insert the plastic tabs on the right (driver) side of the lens cover.

Gently Pop In Lens Cover
Lens Cover Re-Installed
Move Switch To "Door"
Gently snap in the left (passenger) side of the lens cover back in to the housing.

I recommend sliding the "On / Off / Door" switch to the "Door" position so that the cargo light will turn on when ever you open the tailgate.

For more, check out all of my 2013-2016 Hyundai Santa Fe DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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