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Third brake light does not work

I don't know if it is a wiring problem or if the bulb should just be replaced ... and if so is it hard to replace the bulb

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They're easy to swap out. I recommend looking at your library for a "Chilton Manual" (or any other brand of after-market repair manual.)
You can remove the bulb first to look for burns or a broken filament, and test it with an ohmmeter (or at auto-parts store)

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SOURCE: both rear brake lights don't work, the third

i had the same problem with a 99 acura cl turns out the rear drivers side tail light was removed and there was a plug on the housing that didnt get plugged in prior

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