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Kia Sedona License Plate Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out license plate light bulb on the tailgate of a 3rd generation 2015 to 2018 Kia Sedona.

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2015 Sedona License Plate
Two License Plate Lights
Left Light Housing
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the third generation (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and perhaps also the updated 2019 and 2020 model years) Kia Sedona minivan in changing a burnt out license plate light bulb or upgrading them both to brighter LED units.

Owners of other Kia or Hyundai models such as the Grand Carnival, Sorento, Sportage, Niro, Soul, K900, Stinger, Cadenza, Optima, Rio, Forte, Genesis, Sonata, Ioniq, Santa Fe, Tucson, Elantra and Accent may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The compatible replacement miniature wedge base light bulb part number is 2825 (W5W).

You could also use a brighter compatible 2825 LED unit.

The only tool needed to access and replace the light bulbs is a standard Phillips head screwdriver.

Loosen Counterclockwise
Remove Second Screw
Two Screws Removed
Remove the two screws that secure the license plate light bulb housing to the underside of the tailgate door by turning them counterclockwise with a Phillips head screwdriver.

Set the two screws aside in a safe place.

Pull Out Light Housing
1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
Bulb Socket Removed
Gently pull the light housing out of the underside of the tailgate.

Rotate the black plastic bulb socket 1/4 turn counterclockwise before pulling it straight out of the housing.


Pull Out Old Light Bulb
Push In New Light Bulb
1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
Carefully pull the old light bulb straight out of the socket.

Push a new number 2825 miniature wedge base light bulb straight into the socket.

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

Re-Insert Light Housing
Bulb Housing Replaced
Tighten Clockwise
Re-insert the light housing into the opening in the tailgate.

The more rounded corners of the light housing should be pointing out towards yourself.

Replace Second Screw
Light Housing Re-Installed
Test New Light Bulb
Replace the two screws by turning them in the clockwise direction with the Phillips head screwdriver until they are snug.

Avoid over tightening the screws to prevent from cracking the plastic light housing.

To test the new license plate light bulbs, turn on the headlights or parking lights. Or you can press the "Unlock" button on the key fob to activate the exterior lights.

For more, please check out all of my Kia Sedona DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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