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I need to replace the brake light on a Kia Rio 2003. I have the crapet cover off and the bolts out of the plastic cover but cannot find a way to remove the cover to get to the light.

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  • consciouslad Apr 21, 2009

    I don't know what comes off. The whole outside brake cover housing? It's wiggling but I don't know how to remove it. Thaks for any help you can give me.

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Replacing tail lights on Kia is quite tricky.

Follow instructions on this website, starting from point 4 onward (you already did points 1 to 3).

Instructions are for Kia Sportage , but the procedure is the same as on a Kia Rio.



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Hi consciouslad,
1. Remove 2 plugs attaching liner to body to right/left of left/right light assembly. 2. Gently pull back liner to expose rear of light assembly. 3. Remove three 10mm nuts from exposed bolts. 4. Assembly now held in place by a plug in assembly that goes into a white plastic plug that extends into trunk under single bolt. 5. Pull to rear with wiggle movement to pull out plug. Takes a little while. 

If you want a detailed solution :- ( Already posted on Fixya by an expert )
I did it!!! To change the left brakelight, you open the hatch and remove the two screws on the right side of the light assembly. Then remove the cubby hole inside the left side of the hatch. Inside you will see 3 hex nuts. You only have to remove the one in the center (closest to you) not the ones down and inside. Once you remove that nut, pull the light assembly off (from the outside). There is a plug that will be holding it on. I carefully **** a straight screwdriver in the narrow side just to get it to move out a little, then you grab the whole thing and pull it out, you may have to wiggle it some. It seems like it will break, but it won't. It's just a metal thing sticking into a plug. The whole assembly will pull out (not too hard so you don't break any wires or connectors) then you follow the instructions to replace the bulb. Once the bulb is replaced, you simply line up the metal thing as you push the assembly back on. You might have to smack (open bare handed please) to get it back in. Replace all screws and stuff and that's it! 

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