How do I Install Fog Lamps on a KIA Sorento?

Written by leonardo r. grabkowski
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The process of installing fog lights is usually simple and straightforward; however, on the Kia Sorento, the factory fog lights are inaccessible unless the front bumper cover is removed from the vehicle. For this reason, an assistant may be necessary to install the fog lights. Kia recommends reserving fog light installation for a professional, but you can do it yourself in about an hour if you are an experienced home mechanic.

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Things you need

  • Gloves
  • Pliers
  • Socket wrench
  • Assistant (recommended)
  • H8 fog light bulb

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  1. 1

    Shut the engine off. Open the bonnet. Disconnect the Sorento's negative battery cable with a pair of pliers and wait 15 minutes before proceeding with the repair. This deactivates the Sorento's airbag sensors, which is necessary when removing the front bumper cover.

  2. 2

    Remove the six bolts from the underside of the front bumper cover. These bolts hold the underbrush cover in place. Remove the underbrush cover.

  3. 3

    Remove the six bolts from the top edge of the Sorento's grille. Inspect the area above each front wheel and remove the bolt from each edge of the bumper cover.

  4. 4

    Grasp the bumper cover and pull it toward you. Unplug the wiring harness from the back of each fog light to separate the bumper cover from the Sorento. For best results, have an assistant pull on one side while you pull on another.

  5. 5

    Bring the bumper cover to a large workbench or table and turn it over. Now you'll see the fog light lens and the bulb inside.

  6. 6

    Grasp the bulb's rear connector and turn it counterclockwise to release it. Repeat for the other fog light.

  7. 7

    Insert the new fog light bulb and turn it clockwise. Repeat for the other fog light.

  8. 8

    Bring the bumper cover back to the Sorento. Position it near the bumper and plug the wiring harnesses into each fog light connection.

  9. 9

    Push the bumper cover back into place. Go over the ends with your hands and push firmly to snap in the plastic rivets. The bumper cover is now partially attached.

  10. 10

    Replace the bolts above the front wheels, and then replace the six bolts on top of the grille. Replace the underbrush cover and its six bolts. Reconnect the negative battery cable.

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