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Hyundai Tucson Fog Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out fog light bulb in the front bumper cover of a 3rd generation 2016 to 2018 Hyundai Tucson.

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2018 Tucson Fog Light
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Turn Front Wheels
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Pry Out Center of Fastener
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the third generation (2016, 2017, 2018 plus the refreshed 2019 & 2020 model years) Hyundai Tucson SUV in changing a burnt out fog light bulb located in the front bumper cover.

Owners of other Hyundai, Kia and Genesis vehicles such as the Santa Fe, Kona, Elantra, Sonata, Accent, Veloster, Ioniq, Nexo, G80, G90, Stinger, Rio, Forte, Optima, Cadenza, K900, Soul, Niro, Sportage, Sorento and Sedona may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The compatible replacement halogen fog light bulb part number is H8. You could also install a brighter H8 LED bulb.

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



 
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Remove Pop Rivet
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Release Second Fastener
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Pop Rivet Removed
The first step is to turn the steering wheel all the way in the opposite direction of the burnt out fog light bulb.

Turning the front wheels will create more working room in the wheel well to access the rear of the light housing and the old bulb.

Locate the three round black plastic pop rivet fasteners on the outer edge of the wheel well liner or "splash guard" located in front of the tire.

Carefully pry out the smaller center piece of the pop rivet with the flathead screwdriver or a plastic pry bar tool.

Then pry out the base of the fastener and remove it from the wheel well liner.

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Remove 3rd Pop Rivet
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Three Pop Rivet Fasteners
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Pull Back Wheel Well Liner
Remove the three pop rivets along the front outer edge of the wheel well liner.

Set the pop rivets aside in a safe place.

Carefully pull back the wheel well liner to access the fog light housing and the old bulb.

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Plastic Splash Guard
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Fog Light Bulb Housing
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Base of Old Light Bulb
The passenger side fog light housing is located just in front of the windshield window wiper fluid reservoir tank.

There are two retaining clips on the black plastic electrical connector attached to the bottom of the old light bulb.

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Squeeze Bottom of Connector
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Pull Off Power Plug
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1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
Pinch the two tabs on the bottom of the electrical connector to release the retaining clips.

Pull the power plug straight off the base of the old light bulb.

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



 

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Pull Out Old Light Bulb
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BioLight H8 LL Light Bulb
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Empty Bulb Housing
The OEM light bulb was a BioLight H8 LL (long life) 12V 35W.

Try to avoid touching the glass part of the new halogen light bulb with your fingers or anything greasy in the wheel well.

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

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Rubber O-Ring Stuck
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Push Down O-Ring
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If the orange rubber o-ring gasket from the old light bulb remained attached to the light housing, pull it off.

Make sure that the o-ring gasket on the new bulb is fully seated at the base of the bulb.

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Install New Light Bulb
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1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
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Push On Power Plug
Insert a new number H8 halogen light bulb into the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn in the clockwise direction to secure it into place.

If you would like to have brighter fog lights that will last longer than the traditional halogen bulbs, install some compatible replacement H8 LED bulbs.

Push the electrical connector straight on to the base of the new light bulb until the two retaining clips "click" securely into place over the tabs on the sides of the bulb.

Double check that the power plug is securely in place.

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Replace Wheel Well Liner
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Re-Insert Pop Rivets
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Push In Center - Secure
Push the black plastic wheel well liner back into place.

Re-insert the three pop rivets and push in their center pieces to secure the fasteners in place.

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Replace 3 Pop Rivets
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Wheel Well Liner Secured
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Test New Fog Light Bulb

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

Be sure to record the bulb change in your vehicle's service records.

For more, check out all of my 2016-2018 Hyundai Tucson DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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