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Since I have an extra projector out of the car, thought it would be worthwhile to show how to get the D1S HID bulb out while it's in the car.

Some pics of the bulb retention clip.







You can see that the clip is held on with tension



You have to press down on the top tab in order to overcome the tab in the rear

1. Using a screwdriver, relieve tension on one side of the clip by bending up on the top tab



I found it easiest that once you have the screwdriver under the tab, twist the screwdriver. You are trying to get that tab higher, so you have more clearance to press down on the clip to get the clip free of the back tab.



2. Once you've moved the tab some, push down on the corner of the retention clip with your thumb, while using the screwdriver to pry the rear of clip away from the rear tab. Don't be afraid to push down with your thumb, it takes some force.

If you can't get it off, try bending the tab (step 1) some more



Once off it's easy to slide out the other side.

Hope this helps somebody, wish Kia had provided some directions in the manual.
 

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I want to replace it, but I still cannot get off that stupid clip :(
it is easy to do it when you got it like you, but when it is inside the whole assembly, almost impossible. I went today to Peep Boys. They told me before that they can do it, but when pone man checked the car, he said, sorry we cannot do it! Super professionals are working there!
 

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I want to replace it, but I still cannot get off that stupid clip :(
it is easy to do it when you got it like you, but when it is inside the whole assembly, almost impossible. I went today to Peep Boys. They told me before that they can do it, but when pone man checked the car, he said, sorry we cannot do it! Super professionals are working there!
I've changed it before in the headlight - if it won't come off, keep bending the top tab as depicted is step one. This helps to relieve some tension so you can get it off. If you're having trouble, try the opposite side tabs to see if it's any easier. Good luck!
 

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Since I have an extra projector out of the car, thought it would be worthwhile to show how to get the D1S HID bulb out while it's in the car.

Some pics of the bulb retention clip.








You can see that the clip is held on with tension



You have to press down on the top tab in order to overcome the tab in the rear

1. Using a screwdriver, relieve tension on one side of the clip by bending up on the top tab



I found it easiest that once you have the screwdriver under the tab, twist the screwdriver. You are trying to get that tab higher, so you have more clearance to press down on the clip to get the clip free of the back tab.



2. Once you've moved the tab some, push down on the corner of the retention clip with your thumb, while using the screwdriver to pry the rear of clip away from the rear tab. Don't be afraid to push down with your thumb, it takes some force.

If you can't get it off, try bending the tab (step 1) some more



Once off it's easy to slide out the other side.

Hope this helps somebody, wish Kia had provided some directions in the manual.
 

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Thanks so much. I couldn't find anything on youtube and I tried a few times. I have an Optima and just started searching HID bulbs and found this thread. I almost broke the whole housing trying to change it. I tried pushing on it but seeing the screw driver on the side really helped. Was able to change the bulb and it popped right back on. Thanks for the great pics, it really helped. You should make a youtube video too.
 

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Since I have an extra projector out of the car, thought it would be worthwhile to show how to get the D1S HID bulb out while it's in the car.

Some pics of the bulb retention clip.








You can see that the clip is held on with tension



You have to press down on the top tab in order to overcome the tab in the rear

1. Using a screwdriver, relieve tension on one side of the clip by bending up on the top tab



I found it easiest that once you have the screwdriver under the tab, twist the screwdriver. You are trying to get that tab higher, so you have more clearance to press down on the clip to get the clip free of the back tab.



2. Once you've moved the tab some, push down on the corner of the retention clip with your thumb, while using the screwdriver to pry the rear of clip away from the rear tab. Don't be afraid to push down with your thumb, it takes some force.

If you can't get it off, try bending the tab (step 1) some more



Once off it's easy to slide out the other side.

Hope this helps somebody, wish Kia had provided some directions in the manual.
Since I have an extra projector out of the car, thought it would be worthwhile to show how to get the D1S HID bulb out while it's in the car.

Some pics of the bulb retention clip.








You can see that the clip is held on with tension



You have to press down on the top tab in order to overcome the tab in the rear

1. Using a screwdriver, relieve tension on one side of the clip by bending up on the top tab



I found it easiest that once you have the screwdriver under the tab, twist the screwdriver. You are trying to get that tab higher, so you have more clearance to press down on the clip to get the clip free of the back tab.



2. Once you've moved the tab some, push down on the corner of the retention clip with your thumb, while using the screwdriver to pry the rear of clip away from the rear tab. Don't be afraid to push down with your thumb, it takes some force.

If you can't get it off, try bending the tab (step 1) some more



Once off it's easy to slide out the other side.

Hope this helps somebody, wish Kia had provided some directions in the manual.
Thanks so much. I couldn't find anything on youtube and I tried a few times. I have an Optima and just started searching HID bulbs and found this thread. I almost broke the whole housing trying to change it. I tried pushing on it but seeing the screw driver on the side really helped. Was able to change the bulb and it popped right back on. Thanks for the great pics, it really helped. You should make a youtube video too.
 

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Thanks for all the help on this page!! Man that is such a tight fit to get the light in but also that clamp.

I did modify the clamp before putting it back in. I flared the ends a little bit, just enough so I'd be able to push the edges down. This made it much easier to push down without having to use a flat head or a tool to get over the locking edge.
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Thanks so much. I couldn't find anything on youtube and I tried a few times. I have an Optima and just started searching HID bulbs and found this thread. I almost broke the whole housing trying to change it. I tried pushing on it but seeing the screw driver on the side really helped. Was able to change the bulb and it popped right back on. Thanks for the great pics, it really helped. You should make a youtube video too.
 

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Thanks for all the help on this page!! Man that is such a tight fit to get the light in but also that clamp.

I did modify the clamp before putting it back in. I flared the ends a little bit, just enough so I'd be able to push the edges down. This made it much easier to push down without having to use a flat head or a tool to get over the locking edge. View attachment 7863
Great idea, thanks for sharing!
 
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