How to Install a Kia Headlight
How are you going to get a clear view of the road ahead if your Kia headlight is burned out or busted? It's not worth the risk. You have to change the broken headlight of your vehicle right away. Don't wait till a highway patrol police has to pull you over to tell you that your headlight is shot. Before you replace the headlight that isn't working, first check the fuse/s, electrical wiring and connection, the switch, and the bulb/s. If you have to replace the headlight, we can guide you through the entire thing. It will take just a few minutes. This headlight installation guide is specific to the Kia Optima (2011 to 2015 models) and may be used as a guide for other models with similar headlight configuration.
Required skill level: Novice to Intermediate
Needed tools and materials
- New headlight
- Ratcheting wrench
- Alcohol wipes
Always check your vehicle manual before you get any work done. Get acquainted with the headlight design and placement since there could be slight differences among vehicle models. This will get you better prepped up for the task. For your safety, disconnect the car battery cable/s.
As you pop the hood, check whatever gets in the way of your headlight access. For instance, a radiator cover on the front will make it difficult for you to easily reach into the headlight assembly or housing. You may have to unfasten this.
Removing the old headlight
Reach in behind the headlight assembly. You have to turn the plastic dust cap counter clockwise to unlock it and pull it out. Be careful not to ruin any part or connection as you do this. Also use the right tool. Make sure that you have the right low beam/high beam bulbs.
To get the bulb out, you have to twist the plastic base of the bulb counter clockwise. Pull this right out of the socket. Make sure that you won't be pulling out other stuff along the way. Do this as safely as possible. If extra room is needed to reach through the bulbs, you may have to remove the overflow coolant bottle on the side or any other component that limits access. You usually just have to unbolt them. Once the bulbs are out, get ready to put in the new ones.
Installing the new headlight
Install the new bulbs. Don't touch the glass of the bulbs with your bare fingers. Oil from your skin may boil into the glass, and as a result, the bulbs may burn out faster. You may wear gloves or use a rag to handle the new bulbs. Just make sure that they're not greasy or oily. If the bulbs got dirty, you can wipe these clean with alcohol wipes.
Plug the new bulbs for the low beam/high beam into their sockets. Turn these bulbs clockwise to seal them in. It usually takes just a quarter turn. Put back the dust cap or cover and turn this clockwise to secure it in place. Re-install or re-attach any component that you had to remove to get access inside the headlight housing. Re-connect the car battery and see how the headlights work.