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Hyundai Sonata License Plate Light Bulb Replacement Guide
How to replace a burnt out license plate light bulb in a 6th gen. (2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014) Hyundai Sonata with pictures.

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Sonata License Plate Light
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Remove Two Screws
This automotive "how-to" guide was specifically written to assist owners of the 6th generation (2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014) Hyundai Sonata in replacing a burnt out license plate light bulb or to install brighter aftermarket LED bulbs.

Owners of other Hyundai or Kia vehicles such as the Elantra, Accent, Veloster, Tucson, Santa Fe, Veracruz, Genesis, Forte, Optima, Rio, Soul, Sedona, Sorento, Tiburon and Sportage may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A replacement bulb for the license plate lights is part # 168 from various manufacturers such as Sylvania, Eiko, Philips, GE and PIAA.

You can also use a brighter 168 LED bulb.

The only tool needed to replace the license plate light bulbs is a standard Phillips head screwdriver. Use the screwdriver to remove the two screws holding the bulb housing in place.

Bulb Housing Removed
1/4 Turn Counter Clockwise
Pull Out Light Bulb Socket
Once the two Phillips head screws are removed, the license plate light bulb housing should drop out by itself or you may need to gently pry it out.

Rotate the light grey bulb socket 1/4 turn counter clockwise and pull it straight out of the housing.

Pull Bulb Straight Out
Push In New #168 Bulb
1/4 Turn Clockwise


Pull the old # 168 light bulb straight out of the socket and push in a new bulb.

(Other T3 1/4 miniature wedge base bulbs such as the 194, 2825 or an LED will also work in the license plate light bulb socket.)

Insert the bulb and socket back into the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

Re-Insert Bulb Housing
Light Housing Installed
Tighten Two Screws
Line up the license plate light bulb housing and re-insert it back into the underside of the trunk lid.

Tighten the two Phillips head screws with the screwdriver.

For more, check out my Hyundai Sonata Repair & Maintenance Guides page.

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