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How does one replace the brake light in the back window on a Hyundi Sonata 2006?

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  • k2wdg Feb 23, 2009

    i was told by my dealer that the whole back tray wuld have to be removed to get to that bulb and that they would do that at a great cost.

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If you pull on each side of the plastic cover covering light it may seem tight but will un-clip so persevere. You will then see how it clips onto two posts. Once removed the bulb is in a holder in center of lamp this holder is bayonet fitting ie turn holder anti c/wise and pull out. The actual bulb is what is known as cap-less (it just pushes in and pulls out ) now you request the correct bulb which is 12volt -18watt do not fit any higher wattage as it will melt. Lamp lens bulbs can be obtained from most motor stores.

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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.

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Do not force the cover off. There are access holes in the trunk to loosen the phillips head screws that hold the whole assembly down. Lay on your back in the trunk and look up. Use a flashlight and look for the two gold screws. Once you have loosened these, go in the back seat and pull the assembly up and back. You will have to remove the bulb holder from the assembly before the unit will come completly out. Reverse steps to re-install.

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