Question about 2006 Hyundai Sonata
How do you replace the bulb in the third brake light (one in back window) in a 2006 Hyundai Sonata?
You need a philips screwdriver and a flashlight, and a telescoping magnet is recommended.
the best way to do this would be to empty your trunk, and lay in the trunk on your back with your legs hanging out and your flashlight pointed up at your work.
inside the trunk directly under the stoplamp you should see a connector, disconnect that and you should see a philips screw. remove the screw.
this part is a little tricky, shine the light up and to the left so that you can see the fastener that holds the bulb into the lamp. take your screwdriver, and place the tip on the flat part that sticks off of the bulb socket and press, so that you can turn it. once the socket is released, remove the bulb socket & bulb with its wire completely.
next, about 2-3 inches to the left of the rectangle where you removed the bulb & socket you should see a hole that is covered with a black foam. remove the foam from the hole, look straight up and you will see another philips screw. remove it, i recommend using a magnet to pull it from its hole after you've loosened it almost all the way, but whatever you do, do NOT do NOT drop that screw. it is almost impossible to retrieve and if you dont, it will rattle.
once you have both screws removed, get out of the trunk and go into the backseat and lift the 3rd brakelamp assembly off of the package tray; it may need a little negotiation, but be patient, it will come out.
once you have the stoplamp assembly out of the car, take the bulb socket, it should have a long flat tip at the bottom. take a pair of dikes and cut that tip completely off. replace the bulb, and install the bulb & socket into the lamp assembly, and re-install the lamp from inside the car, slowly and carefully slding it back into place. (hint, the more of the flat tip that you cut off, the easier it will slide into place).
once the lamp is back in place, hook up the connector, and re-install the screws, and you're done.
Posted on May 17, 2009
Unplug the connector in the trunk.
Remove the 2 gold-colored screws from inside the trunk. They can be seen from the trunk. One of them is thru the larger square opening where the wire connects to the high-mount brake light. The second is on the right side thru a small (screwdriver width) hole covered by a piece of foam tape.
After removing the 2 screws, go inside the cabin and the brake light housing pops right up.
Disconnect the bulb from the housing while inside the cabin.
Back in the trunk, remove the wire and bulb. The wire from the connector to the bulb socket should be about 5 inches long.
Reverse steps to install.
Posted on May 12, 2009
Here's what I did. I fixed it in about 3 minutes. Didn't even need a tool. You can access it through the holes in the trunk. If you're lying on your back in the trunk, there's a "wide" opening about 1.5"x1.5" on the right of the light, and a very small, 3/4" hole on the left. If you can fit a finger in the left hole, this will work. I was able to fit my ring finger in. Putting a finger in each hole (sounds dirty!), you can reach the bulb. Give it a twist and it pops out. Putting it back in requires a little more patience, but it can be done with the same method.
Posted on Nov 19, 2010
Here's a brilliant idea that my boyfriend came up with and it WORKED! The part the hold the bulb in (black piece) is what's keep it from being able to slip the compartment back in. If you cut it or shave it down right before you hit the wire, you will be able to slip it back in with no problems. If you can't understand my explanation, feel free to email me: email@example.com.
Posted on Aug 11, 2010
I had the same issue. It's pretty much impossible to fix it as a consumer. My mechanic didn't even know how to do it, so I was forced to take it the the dealership. They do it and it takes them about 40min. If I can recall right, it took them this long because they said it's a pain to get to and I believe had to unassemble the top part of the trunk. It cost about $10-$15.
Posted on Oct 08, 2008
We also cut off the plastic tip before the wire because it is not easy to get the bulb in the hole after you have taking it apart its imposable to get it back the way it came out , big screw up on there part .
Posted on Sep 07, 2010
I trilled a hole with a hole saw to get access. Huge pain.
Posted on Feb 11, 2010
I'm not sure if this will apply for later models, but for my 2001 Sonata open the trunk, look under the rear deck and you will see a socket like that of the other brake lights. Rotate it 1/4 turn counter-clockwise and the socket will drop out. Replace the bulb, place the socket back in place and tighten with 1/4 turn clockwise. No need to remove the housing.
Posted on Dec 04, 2010
I performed the same technique, but I did have to cut a small piece out of the
bottom of the package carrier, saved it and glued it back into place can't even tell that it was cut. Hint, when removing the screws put some rope caulk on the end of the screwdriver and the screw will stick to the caulk and it will not fall. Same thing when replacing the screws.
My dealer wanted to charge me $79.00, cost me $2.00 instead. I agree lousy engineering on this third light, maybe on purpose maybe not, who knows.
Posted on May 07, 2012
Thanks for all your help. I didn't quite understand that the first goal is to get the light socket out of the way so the light assembly could be easily removed and second to modify the light socket to make it easier to reassemble and in the future to make the whole operation much easier. I think the problem is that Hyundai forgot to put a proper 1 inch access hole under to light socket as suggested above.
I changed the order a little and first undid the two screws using a magnet tipped Philips screw driver. Then went inside the car and propped the light assembly up with a couple of 3/4 wooden blocks. The light socket then was easy to see and I used a screw driver to turn the socket by pushing on the right side tab. The light and socket fell our that the light assembly came our easily.
You need about 3/4 inch to replace the light and socket in place so I cut the tang on the light socket right back to the fat portion of the socket. This expose the end of the connectors so I put a little bit of tape on them for appearance sake. Then pushed the light assembly back in place. I fished the connector back in place and replaced the screws. This mod made the reassemble real easy and simple for getting it apart again. Thanks again All. Alan
Posted on Jul 27, 2012
I have a 2010 Sonata. You are so right!! This is an engineering NIGHTMARE!!! I took my dikes and snipped the scoket piece completely OFF! Thanks for your input. You're right too, that the socket--that sticks out has NO PURPOSE whatsoever!
Thanks for your help! By the way, my 2005 Accent is nothing like this 2010 Sonata. Should have bought a new Accent 2 1/2 yrs ago instead of this.
Posted on Jun 18, 2012
Solution #2 works but you might not be able to get the assembly back in with the new bulb unless the rear dash is removed. Very difficult fit. Or you could trim the dash a little or cut off the plastic socket tail if you think you can, then it should slide back. PS: use an LL long life bulb this time!! Design flaw!!!!
Posted on Jun 09, 2010
I did something different. i drilled a pilot hole thru the two layers of metal. then i use a metal hole saw and drilled a1.25" hole thru both pieces of metal. now i can reach up and replace the bulb anytime with and no problems this was a 2008 sonata i also did it to my 2007. there is a flat square area where i drilled the hole.
Posted on Sep 28, 2015
I Changing this bulb can be a nightmare so I did what Hyundai should have done, I cut a 2 inch hole in the sheet metal directly under the bulb socket. This took me over an hour because there are two separate sheet metal sections to cut through but now it is unbelievably simple to change the bulb especially if it burns out again. It was well worth the effort and I saved $75 (dealer price).
Posted on May 22, 2014
The inside light come on win
Posted on Aug 30, 2011
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Posted on Oct 12, 2010
SOURCE: My high level brake light has bruned out,(third brake light). I was informed by the dealer the back window panel has to be removed to replace the 3.00 dollar bulb, total cost 75.00 dollars. With some
replace the bulb...??? This requires you remove the rear package deck (to access the bulb & socket). to do this, remove the seat bottom (two bolts hold the rear seat bottom to the chassis, then remove the bolts which hold the shoulder cushions (LH & RH - 12mm bolts) then remove the cosmetic molding around the trunk access (7 to 8 screws) then remove the "C" pillar covers (SRS curtain airbag LH & RH) to access the rear deck package & access the third brake lamp bulb. replace it, then reassemble.
Posted on May 26, 2009
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