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2005 kia rio brake light

Nobody can fix my brake light, they say they don't know how to get it out without breaking it. I called the dealer and they said it would be 20 to 30 dollars to fix it. That's bogus. I can't find anywhere online that explains how to do it. Please help.

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  • crnn_brown Aug 06, 2008

    I realize you go through the trunk but we can't get the bulb unscrewed.

  • loons4u Aug 25, 2008

    I cn't remove the tail light assembly to change the brake light in my 2005 RIO. I have followed the manual directions of removing the three nuts located in the trunk behind the trunk liner that holds the tail light assembly. But it won't slide out. It's as if there is something stopping it.

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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!

Posted on Sep 19, 2008

  • dianewadeco Sep 19, 2008

    I figured I'd have to replace the other one soon anyway, so I did the right side too. No way will I pay someone to change a light bulb!! It's not that hard. Just feels a little like you'll break the assembly, but it just popped out with a little persuading.

    Good luck,
    Diane


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    kpareo May 17, 2012

    Thank you my sister. You are the only one who actually knew how to do it and able to explain it to others. I got the blub out now just need to buy another blub to put in it.

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After removing the 3 nuts on the back that held the light assembly on I used a pair of pliers and pushed the white plastic retainer nubby thing through the hole. By squeezing it with the pliers it also pushed in the tabs somewhat so that it was easier to push the nubby back out through the hole. I found this a lot easier then yanking on the light assembly trying to pull it out. It felt less likely I would break it.

Posted on Jan 15, 2009

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    che space Oct 24, 2013

    followed your directions and changed both of my bulbs with no problem! Love and blessings to you and yours.

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Light hit with a hammer on white plastic retainer did the trick

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To replace bulb in Kia Rio Rx V tail light. you need a phillip screw driver some called it cross tip screw driver and a hammer.
1. open hatch, you will see two screw, on the right side of the tail light assembly, take that screw out and put that aside.
2. behind the tail light there is a pocket hole. using a pointed steel or flat screw driver take out the two screw cover and unscrew it.Then inside that pocket box there are 2 plastic screw, take that out and full the whole box out to expose the back portion of the t/light assembly.
3. At the back of the assembly there is a 10mm nut, take the nut out using a socket or small wrench. Set the nut aside.
4. Then hold the tail light assembly, try to wiggle it, then hold it and lean at the back of the tail light assembly looking on the white plug and hit it several times with the handle of the hammer to make it loose.
5. So thats it, the rest of the procedure where so easy. Good luck!!!

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I looked at one that we have around here and the bulb is accessible through the trunk area on this one.

Posted on Aug 05, 2008

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