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Kia Rio Trunk Light Bulb Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out cargo area light bulb in the trunk of a 3rd generation 2012 to 2016 Kia Rio with photos.

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2014 Kia Rio Trunk Light
Press In Release Tab
Remove Light Housing
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the third generation (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and also the updated 2016 model year) Kia Rio in changing a burnt out cargo area bulb in the trunk light housing.

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.

A replacement festoon or "fuse" style bulb is part number 6418 which is available from various manufacturers such as Sylvania, GE, Eiko and PIAA.

You can also use a brighter 6418 LED bulb.

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

Press Release Button
Pull Off Power Plug
Pry Off Rear Cover
Press in the small black release tab on the right side of the trunk light bulb housing.

Gently pull the housing out of the metal panel.

Press the release tab on the electrical connector before sliding it straight off the base of the housing.

Gently pry off the black plastic cover on the housing.

Old Bulb Exposed
Pull Old Bulb Out of Socket
Old 6418 Bulb Removed
Pull the old bulb out of the socket.

Insert a new # 6418 bulb in to the socket.

Tip - If you install an LED bulb and it doesn't work at first, try flipping it around in the socket.


Insert New 6418 Bulb
Replace Black Plastic Cover
Push On Power Plug
Pop the black plastic cover back in to place over the housing.

Push the power plug straight on to the base of the housing.

Re-Insert Wires First
Pop In Retaining Clip
Test New Trunk Light Bulb
First re-insert the wires and the left side of the housing.

Gently pop in the retaining clip on the right side of the housing.

Test the new trunk light bulb by pressing the "Unlock" button on the key fob or by closing and opening the trunk.

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

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