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2006 Kia Sorento - How to replace the top brake light bulbs

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2006 Kia Sorento - How to replace the top brake light bulbs? Don't want to break something but can't figure out how to access the bulbs for that 5th door light assy.

Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Car
Expert:  Ron Z. replied 6 years ago.



  • Remove tailgate upper trim.Remove upper trim fastener.graphic
  • Remove the two mounting bolts.graphic
  • Disconnect the connector and then remove the lamp assembly.
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Ok - so removing that top trim piece.... how does it come off/apart?
Expert:  Ron Z. replied 6 years ago.


There are fasteners holding it in place. See the 1st image above for the locations. CLick "View Image" to get a nice, close-up view.


Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Okay - did that, and they seem to be philips plastic screws, but unscrewing them goes nowhere... they don't thread out....
Expert:  Ron Z. replied 6 years ago.


Actually they are threading out, they just do not come out of the trim panel. Once they are all loose, carefully pull it off. There are clips that hold it in as well. Start from a corner, and work your way around.


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Customer: replied 6 years ago.

Hey - I got it..... the inserts just needed a small straight screwdriver to "help" them unthread then popped the rest out... then started on one side and worked way around and popped it out... I was just real gun shy since 2 yrs ago when removing the passenger side taillight assy, I broke one of the retaining clips (plastic crap) trying to get that off to replace the brake lamp...


all better now. thanks!!

Expert:  Ron Z. replied 6 years ago.


Glad I could help! Have a great day!