How to change low beam bulb? - Kia Forum
User Tag List

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
#1 (permalink) Old 12-15-2009, 01:41 AM
Full Member
 
palebeachbum's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Georgia
Posts: 98
Drives: 2006.5 Kia Optima LX 2.4L 4cyl 5-spd man.
Gallery: 5
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

(Thread Starter)
Question How to change low beam bulb?

My low beam burned out on a rainy, foggy night. Worst possible timing. The next day, I drove to Autozone to buy a new bulb, thinking I could change it real quick and easy before heading into work. WRONG. I figured I had to remove the cap that covers over the back of the bulb on the headlight housing. This was kind of a pain because hand room is extremely limited under the hood at the driver's side headlight housing. After scraping my knuckles all up getting the cap off, I unplugged the bulb to find a weird situation I've never encountered before. HOW do you remove the bulb? It seemed overly (stupidly) complicated and I had no tools to help me. Can someone please explain to me the proper way to remove the low beam bulb? I got the impression I was supposed to remove the entire headlight housing, but that seems kind of insane. I don't have an owner's manual to reference. I'm driving every night home from work in the dark with only one eyeball. Help!
palebeachbum is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
#2 (permalink) Old 12-15-2009, 09:28 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 241
Gallery: 0
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

Default

From the info I can find, the headlight assembly is to be removed. 2 bolts inside and one at the top, and there a clip at the fender. Probably the unit just pulls out of the clip.
Removing the bulb:
When turning the bulb grip counterclockwise, the bulb and connector are removed at the same time.
turbonut is offline  
#3 (permalink) Old 12-16-2009, 12:00 AM
Full Member
 
palebeachbum's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Georgia
Posts: 98
Drives: 2006.5 Kia Optima LX 2.4L 4cyl 5-spd man.
Gallery: 5
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

(Thread Starter)
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by turbonut View Post
From the info I can find, the headlight assembly is to be removed. 2 bolts inside and one at the top, and there a clip at the fender. Probably the unit just pulls out of the clip.
Removing the bulb:
When turning the bulb grip counterclockwise, the bulb and connector are removed at the same time.
I was afraid I'd have to go through the trouble of removing the whole headlight housing. Darn it! I did notice the two bolts on the back of the headlight housing and one on top. I was hoping I could simply remove the one on top and then pull the headlight housing out. Of course that'd be too easy though. The owner's manual I pulled up on kiatechinfo.com was utterly useless. The instructions for removing the low beam bulb went something like 1) Open the hood. 2) Turn the low beam bulb cover counter clockwise. 3) Remove the bulb. 4) Install new bulb. 5) Replace bulb cover. Humorously bad instructions. The instructions for replacing the turn signal bulbs is even worse, which basically state to bring the car to a Kia dealership for replacement! I was cursing the Kia Gods when I attempted it myself. I won't have access to my socket wrenches until this weekend, so I'll give it a shot then. Thanks so much for your help!
palebeachbum is offline  
#4 (permalink) Old 12-28-2009, 08:39 AM
Newbie
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 1
Gallery: 0
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

Default 2008 Sedona headlight bulb replacement

this info helped me remove and change the pass side headlight bulb. only diff was the 2008 only has 2-10mm bolts both up top then pop the assembly off the plastic clip on the lower left bottom of the assembly.,
tm53chev is offline  
#5 (permalink) Old 12-28-2009, 01:06 PM
Member
 
fastlerner's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Jackson, MS
Posts: 26
Gallery: 0
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

Default

You don't have to remove the whole headlight assembly, though that's what I also ended up doing the first time I changed them.

Once you unscrew the cap on the back of the lamp assembly, there is a metal tab that pushes in (towards the front of the car) to release it from the catch. Once that's done the bulb comes right out.

As I said, the first time I couldn't figure it out and pulled the whole assembly loose. The plus side to that was that I was able to see clearly how the whole thing worked. Now that I know, changing the bulbs is no big deal even with the limited space.

2006.5 Optima LX 2.7L V6
fastlerner is offline  
#6 (permalink) Old 01-05-2010, 01:40 PM
Full Member
 
palebeachbum's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Georgia
Posts: 98
Drives: 2006.5 Kia Optima LX 2.4L 4cyl 5-spd man.
Gallery: 5
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

(Thread Starter)
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by fastlerner View Post
You don't have to remove the whole headlight assembly, though that's what I also ended up doing the first time I changed them.

Once you unscrew the cap on the back of the lamp assembly, there is a metal tab that pushes in (towards the front of the car) to release it from the catch. Once that's done the bulb comes right out.

As I said, the first time I couldn't figure it out and pulled the whole assembly loose. The plus side to that was that I was able to see clearly how the whole thing worked. Now that I know, changing the bulbs is no big deal even with the limited space.
Well once I came back into possession of my socket wrenches, I just removed the whole darn headlight to gain access. It helped me see how it all works to get the bulb out, like you said in your case. It actually wasn't that bad, just way more involved than it should be to change a head light bulb. Now I know for next time how to take the bulb out and I can leave the headlight housing in place. Thanks for your help!
palebeachbum is offline  
#7 (permalink) Old 02-19-2011, 05:48 PM
Newbie
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 1
Gallery: 0
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by fastlerner View Post
You don't have to remove the whole headlight assembly, though that's what I also ended up doing the first time I changed them.

Once you unscrew the cap on the back of the lamp assembly, there is a metal tab that pushes in (towards the front of the car) to release it from the catch. Once that's done the bulb comes right out.

As I said, the first time I couldn't figure it out and pulled the whole assembly loose. The plus side to that was that I was able to see clearly how the whole thing worked. Now that I know, changing the bulbs is no big deal even with the limited space.
Interesting..just like you, I ended up taking the whole assembly out only to find out that I just had to get a little firmer to unscrew the bulb. The contacts on the bulb just slide in and out of the receptical as you screw it in or out. Easy peasy too bad I had to take it out to find out.
Qovpatlh is offline  
#8 (permalink) Old 11-30-2011, 06:20 PM
Newbie
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 1
Gallery: 0
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

Default

Thanks fastlerner, once you mentioned the clips and I saw them, you are right it was quick and easy. Appreciate you guys all taking the time to be on here helping out with better answers then the owners manual.
CarrieG is offline  
#9 (permalink) Old 06-25-2012, 03:11 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Encino, CA
Posts: 54
Drives: 07 kia optima ex
Gallery: 0
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

Default Bad owner's manual

Quote:
Originally Posted by palebeachbum View Post
My low beam burned out on a rainy, foggy night. Worst possible timing. The next day, I drove to Autozone to buy a new bulb, thinking I could change it real quick and easy before heading into work. WRONG. I figured I had to remove the cap that covers over the back of the bulb on the headlight housing. This was kind of a pain because hand room is extremely limited under the hood at the driver's side headlight housing. After scraping my knuckles all up getting the cap off, I unplugged the bulb to find a weird situation I've never encountered before. HOW do you remove the bulb? It seemed overly (stupidly) complicated and I had no tools to help me. Can someone please explain to me the proper way to remove the low beam bulb? I got the impression I was supposed to remove the entire headlight housing, but that seems kind of insane. I don't have an owner's manual to reference. I'm driving every night home from work in the dark with only one eyeball. Help!
>>> Probably good that you don't have the owner's manual. If it's like mine, it will FAIL to tell you the most significant part - pulling the light assembly to change the bulb!
here's my post about my bulb drama: http://www.kia-forums.com/do-yoursel...tml#post427966
good luck
jimrich is offline  
Reply

  Kia Forum > KIA Models > Kia Magentis & Optima Forum > 3G (2006.5+) Magentis & Optima


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On