Originally Posted by ozzy
Hi can anyone tell me how to remove the headlight on a 2005 kia sportage to change the side light bulb
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After removing the front bumper cover to install my air horn, I discovered I forgot to reconnect the fog lights after it was all back together (insert Sam Kinison scream - Oh! Oh! Oooooooooooohhh!!!)
I wanted to use the "Just remove the headlight" method instead of pulling the bumper cover again, and came across an extra step needed for headlight removal that no one else has mentioned:
First, you will need to remove the 10mm bolt on top, and the plastic shroud over the radiator. THEN, lookie here:
Pull this bar straight up and out. A shot of WD40 will help. Here it is when removed:
And the bracket it came out of:
Insert a big flat-blade screwdriver into the gap to release those tabs from the bracket.
NOW wiggle the headlight out and disconnect the harness. I don't know if they are all like this, but mine is a North America (USA) '07 model.
I will also use this method now if I need to replace a headlamp bulb. It saves a lot of contorting and foul language.
Re-installation is just the reverse. I did need to use needle nose pliers to squeeze the bracket together when I put the bar back in.