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Kia Sportage Cargo Area Light Bulb Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out cargo area or "trunk" light bulb in a 3rd generation 2011 to 2016 Kia Sportage with pictures.

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2014 Sportage Cargo Light
Gently Pry Out Housing
Small Flathead Screwdriver
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the third generation (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016) Kia Sportage SUV in changing a burnt out cargo area or "trunk" light bulb or upgrading it to a brighter LED unit.

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

A replacement bulb for this 2014 Sportage was a miniature wedge base such as the number 2825, W5W, 168, 194, 158 or a compatible LED bulb.

Previous model years may have a festoon or "fuse" style bulb which should be replaced with a # 6418. (For more info, see my Hyundai Tucson Cargo Area Light Bulb Change Guide.)

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

Pull Out Light Housing
Press Release Tab
Disconnect Power Plug
To prevent from scratching the plastic surfaces, you could cover the tip of your screwdriver with a thin micro fiber cloth.

Insert the blade of the small flathead screwdriver under the front edge of the light housing.

Gently pry out the light housing from the cargo area side panel.

Press the release tab on the electrical connector and slide off the power plug.

Pry Off Rear Cover
Old Bulb Exposed
Pry Out Old Bulb
Pry off the black plastic cover from the rear of the light housing.

Gently push out the old bulb from the socket with the small screwdriver or pull it out with your fingers.

If the old bulb was recently turned on, be careful since it might still be hot enough to burn your skin.


Old 168 or W5W Bulb
Push In New # 168 Bulb
Pop On Black Plastic Cover
Push a new # 2825 light bulb in to the socket.

You may also use any other miniature wedge base bulbs such as the # W5W, 168, 158, 194 or a compatible LED unit.

(If your Sportage is equipped with a "festoon" style bulb, push in a new # 6418 bulb.)

Gently pop the black plastic rear cover in to place.

Rear Cover Replaced
Push On Electrical Connector
Re-Insert Wires First
Push the power plug straight on to the base of the housing.

Re-insert the wires in to the cargo area side panel first.

Pop In Front Edge
Light Housing Replaced
Test New Cargo Light Bulb
Gently pop in the retaining clip on the front edge of the housing.

Test the new cargo area light bulb by pressing the unlock button on the key fob.

Check out my other 2011-2015 Kia Sportage DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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