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License Plate Light Bulb Replacement Kia Optima 2016-2020

Step-by-step instructions on how to replace the license plate light bulb of the 2016-2020 Kia Optima.

License Plate Light Bulb Replacement Kia Optima 2016-2020
ESTIMATED TIME 5 mins
DIY COST $ 3 - 10
DIFFICULTY Very Easy

What you will need

Procedure

  1. Unlock the vehicle and open the trunk.Opening the trunk of the Kia Optima.

     

  2. Locate the metal clip on the cover of the light bulb and unlock it by pushing the clip using a pick tool or a screwdriver.Unlocking the metal clip of the license plate light bulb.

    Make sure to wrap the cloth around the screwdriver or pick tool to prevent the paint from being scratched.

  3. Twist the cover of the light bulb counterclockwise to remove the cover from the light bulb.Removing the cover of the license plate light bulb.

     

  4. Remove the light bulb from the socket by pulling the light bulb out.Removing the light bulb from the socket.

     

  5. Line up the new light bulb to the socket and push it inside to lock the light bulb on the socket.Installing the new light bulb of the license plate light.

     

  6. Insert the cover back into the socket and twist it clockwise to lock in its place.Reinstalling the cover back to the license plate light bulb.

     

  7. Reinstall the cover back onto the trunk. Line up the top piece of the cover first and push the metal clip back to the trunk.Reinstalling the light bulb cover back to the trunk.

     

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Notes

  • Do not touch light bulbs with bare hands as that can shorten the life of the light bulb. 
  • Installing LED bulbs:
    • If you are upgrading to LED light bulbs, and the bulb doesn't turn on when you install it simply remove the LED bulb and rotate it 180 degrees and reinstall it. 
    • Certain vehicles may trigger a fault message stating faulty or burned light bulb when the original bulb has been upgraded to LED. If that is the case, use halogen bulb or get an Error Free LED bulb
License Plate Light Bulb Replacement Kia Optima 2016-2020 Step-by-step instructions on how to replace the license plate light bulb of the 2016-2020 Kia Optima.