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Kia Rio Glove Box Light Bulb Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out light bulb in the glove box of a 3rd generation 2012 to 2016 Kia Rio with pictures.

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2014 Rio Glove Box
Glove Box Light Housing
Pry Out At Notch
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the third generation (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and also the face lifted 2016 model year) Kia Rio in changing a burnt out light bulb in the glove box.

Owners of other Kia and Hyundai vehicles such as the Optima, Forte, Cadenza, K900, Sorento, Sportage, Sedona, Soul, Elantra, Veloster, Sonata, Azera, Tucson, Santa Fe, Genesis and Equus may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The replacement bulb for this 2014 Rio sedan is part number 2825 (W5W). You can also use a brighter LED.

Earlier model years may use a "festoon" or "fuse" style bulb which is part number 6418.

The only tool needed to replace the bulb is a small flathead screwdriver used to pry out the light housing.

Light Housing Removed
Slide Off Power Plug
Pop Off Rear Cover
Insert the blade of the small flathead screwdriver in to the notch at the front edge of the glove box light housing (closest to you).

Gently pry out the front edge of the light housing and remove it from the glove box.

Pull the white plastic electrical connector straight off the base of the housing.

(The connector on this 2014 Rio didn't have a release tab or button. So it just slides right off.)

Gently pop off the black plastic rear cover on the light housing.

Old Bulb Exposed
Push Out Old Bulb
Bulb Removed From Socket
If the old bulb was recently turned on, be careful since it might still be hot enough to burn your fingers.

Either pull out the old bulb with your fingers or carefully push it out of the socket with the small flathead screwdriver.


Old # W5W Bulb
Push In New W5W or 168
New Bulb Installed
Push a new # 2825 (or W5W) 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, 168, 194 or a compatible LED unit.

Pop On Rear Cover
Rear Cover Replaced
Push On Electrical Connector
Gently pop on the black plastic rear cover on the light housing.

Push on the white plastic electrical connector.

Re-Insert Wires First
Pop In Retaining Clip
New Glove Box Bulb Installed
Re-insert the wires and the rear edge of the light housing in to the opening in the roof of the glove box.

Then gently pop in the retaining clip on the front edge of the housing.

Replace the contents of the glove box and close it to complete the job.

For more, check out my other 2012-2016 Kia Rio DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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