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Kia Optima Map Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out overhead map light bulb in the overhead console of a 3rd generation 2011-2015 Kia Optima.

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Paul B. Michaels
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Auto Mechanic Since 1989

2013 Optima Map Lights
Pry Out Lens Cover
Lens Cover Removed
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the third generation (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015) Kia Optima in changing a burnt out map light bulb in the overhead console.

Owners of other Kia and Hyundai vehicles with similar map light housings such as the Forte, Cadenza, Rio, Soul, Sedona, Sorento, Sportage, Sonata, Accent, Elantra, Veloster, Azera, Tucson, Santa Fe and Genesis may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The OEM (original equipment manufacturer) bulb in this 2013 Optima was a Toshiba W10W.

You can purchase the bulbs at your dealership or online (Kia / Hyundai part # 1864310009N or 18643-10009-N). But they seem to be difficult to find.

I recommend buying the Satco S4553 bulb which is 11 watts, so it will be slightly brighter.

You may be able to use other miniature wedge base bulbs. The easiest one to find in auto parts stores is part number 912.

Other similar bulbs are the 168, W5W, 175, 194, 2825 or a brighter LED unit.

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

Map Light Bulb Exposed
Pull Old Bulb From Socket
Toshiba W10W Bulb
To prevent from scratching the plastic surfaces, you may choose to cover the tip of your flathead screwdriver with a thin micro fiber cloth.

Carefully insert the blade of the small flathead screwdriver in between the lens cover and the overhead console near the front of the outer edge.

Gently pry out the front part of the lens cover and then pull out the tab on the rear edge.

Set the cover aside in a safe place.

Grasp the old bulb with your thumb and forefinger before pulling it straight out of the socket.

Push In New Bulb
Re-Insert Tab At Rear
Pop In Front Edge of Cover
Push a new Satco S4553 bulb straight in to the socket.

The OEM Toshiba bulb is 10 watts and the Satco is 11 watts so it will be slightly brighter.

You might be able to use other miniature wedge base bulbs such as the 168, 175, 194, W5W, 2825 or a compatible LED unit.

Re-insert the tab on the rear edge of the lens cover in to the overhead console first and then gently pop in the friction fasteners near the front edge.

Push "On/Off" Switch
Test Map Light Bulbs
Set To "Door" Position
Push the indentation near the rear of the lens cover to activate the "On/Off" button and test the new map light bulbs.

Switch the "Door" button to the "On" position so that the map lights will automatically illuminate when a passenger door is opened.

For more, check out my other Kia Optima Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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