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Hyundai Tucson License Plate Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out license plate light bulb in the tailgate of a 2nd generation 2010 to 2015 Hyundai Tucson.

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2014 Tucson License Lights
Left License Plate Light Housing
Remove Phillips Head Screw
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the 2nd generation (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015) Hyundai Tucson SUV in changing a burnt out license plate light bulb in the tailgate door.

Owners of other Hyundai and Kia vehicles such as the Accent, Elantra, Sonata, Azera, Veloster, Tiburon, Genesis, Lavita, Veracruz, Santa Fe, ix35, Equus, Cadenza, Forte, Optima, Rio, Soul, Sedona, Sorento, Spectra and Sportage may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A replacement bulb is part number 168 which is available from various manufacturers such as Sylvania, GE, Eiko and PIAA.

You may also be able to use any other miniature wedge base bulbs such as the # 158, W5W, 2825, 194 or a compatible LED unit.

The tools needed to replace the bulbs include a Phillips head screwdriver and a small flathead screwdriver.

Phillips Screw Removed
Pry Out Light Housing
Remove Housing From Tailgate
Loosen the single screw at the outer edge of the license plate light bulb housing by turning it counterclockwise with a Phillips head screwdriver.

Set the screw aside in a safe place.

If the bulb housing doesn't fall down by itself, gently pry it out of the tailgate door with a small flathead screwdriver.

1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
Bulb Socket Removed
Pull Out Old Light Bulb

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

Pull the old bulb straight out of the socket.

Old # 168 Light Bulb
Push In New # 168 Bulb
1/4 Turn Clockwise
Push a new # 168 bulb straight in to the socket.

If necessary, you may also be able to use any other miniature wedge base bulbs such as the # 158, W5W, 2825, 194 or a brighter LED unit.

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

Re-Insert Wires First
Tighten Phillips Head Screw
Test New License Plate Bulb
Re-insert the wires and bulb socket at the inner edge of the housing in to the tailgate.

Then gently push in the outer edge and tighten the Phillips head screw in the clockwise direction.

Test the new license plate light bulbs by turning on the headlights.

For more, check out my other Hyundai Tucson DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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