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3rd brake light

I can't figure out how to change my 3rd brake light in my 2006 Hyundai Sonata. Can you help??

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  • westhampton Oct 01, 2008

    How do you replace the 3rd brake light on a 2006 Sonata

  • Anonymous Jan 30, 2009

    I've read your directions, and completely understand it, however, in my Sonata (2006) the 2nd small "screw driver sized hole" is not straight to the screw. It is at about a 45 degree angle (give or take) which does not allow for a screw driver to get in there so I am unable to loosen the screw and have to take it to the dealer. Thats ridiculous for something like this, all there needs to be is a hole that lines up straight with this.

  • Anonymous Mar 21, 2014

    bulb out in 3rd brake light

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This is how i did it on my 2006 Sonata

1.) unplug the connector in the trunk (its a small white plug running up to the third light, there should be a small clip you squeeze).

2.) remove the 2 gold-colored screws from inside the trunk. They can be seen from the trunk. 1 is thru the larger square opening where the wire connects to the 3rd brake light. The 2nd is on the right side thru a small (screwdriver width) hole covered by a piece of foam tape stuff I had to punch me screwdriver through the foam to get to it.

3.) after removing the 2 screws, go inside the cabin and the brake light housing pops up.

4.) disconnect the bulb from the housing while inside the cabin (I had to do this with me two forefingers since the housing only pops up and inch or two).

5.) in the trunk remove the wire and bulb. (it's about 5 inches long. the wire from the connector to the bulb socket)

6.) reverse steps to install.

It is a pain and reqiuires a bit of time only because there isn't a lot of room to move around, but it beats taking it to the dealershio!

Posted on Oct 29, 2008

  • Mike ondik Nov 20, 2011

    Worked perfectly.....that was a real pain though. What a poor design.

  • Mike ondik Nov 20, 2011

    I also want to recommend that you buy an LED replacement for this bulb. They cost 3.95 and like 7 bucks with shipping from a site likehttp://www.superbrightleds.com/ and this ensures you never have to lay in your trunk to replace that bulb again since an LED lasts pretty much forever. And no I do not work for an LED company or anything but that bulb is a real pain to replace.

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This worked exactly as described above. I would like to add some details:
Once you have the 2 screws removed from within the trunk & you go back inside the car to the rear deck where the brake light is now loose, you can use a pair of needle nose pliers to give the light socket hanging underneath the brake light housing a quarter turn counter clockwise to remove the socket from the brakelight housing. Once loose, Pull the light socket (with connecter on other end of the wire) up through the rear deck & replace the bulb. the bulb is # 921. Use a good american bulb like Sylvania or GE Long LIfe so you wont have to do it for a while.
Also, on the bulb socket itself it has a long plastic 'tail' on it that looks like it was meant to be changed with a special tool from inside the trunk. I cut that plastic tail piece off so it looked like a normal light socket. be carefull not to damage the wires while doing this. then the replace the light socket with the new bulb back into the rear brake light housing. then you can easily shove the wire & connecter down the hole in the rear deck, & reposition the rear brake light housing back on the deck into the mathcing grooves. then go back into the trunk & put the 2 screws back in & reattach the connecter. that way next time you replace the light, all you have to do is remove the 2 screws from underneath & the light housing will pop right up inside car on the rear deck.
One other note: another solution I read on the FixYa forum suggested prying on the sides of the rear brake light housing from inside the car to remove the cover & expose the light. DO NOT DO THIS!! it is designed as one piece made of ridgid plastic & does not come appart. any kind of prying or twisting will brake the housing & cost even more to repair.

Posted on Jan 13, 2009

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Figured out a very simple way to replace the third brake light. Will also be easy the next time. In the trunk, locate the electrical plug for the light and unplug, unscrew the screw holding the lighting fixture you just unplugged. Next, locate the hole next to the area you just worked on. You will need to cut the foam in order to see a brass screw. Unscrew the brass screw. Now, Head to the back seat. Press the back middle molding containing the 3rd brake light. Wiggle out of its seating. The bulb will still be in place but go ahead and lift it and jerk it slightly. The non-working bulb will break but not break the housing or bulb holder. Next, go ahead and replace the bulb and reseat the plastic member into the case. Now, take a simple saw like a utility knife or small hack saw and cut two vertical 2inch slits dow from where the center of the third brake assembly originally sat on the packing tray. Now, simply put the assembly back in while pressing down on the area you make the cut. This will allow the bulb housing to easily go back in place while the housing clips back into place securely. Reassemble the two screws in the trunk after. This will allow you to easily replace the bulb again if needed. The two cut slits will not show. This method gives you a very durable flap you can push down and have come back into place since the package tray material is so tough. I tried the two main methods on the web (take out the package tray and "simply twist the bulb with a screw driver"). One might certainly cost you a new package tray and other only works if you have seven inch fingers that are very very slim and flexible. I like the post I read about simply drilling a hole in the metal of the trunk from underneath to get to the bulb assembly. I would have done this if I have the drill at home instead of at the office. If you do cut the metal, be sure to do the extra work to properly seal the cut metal so it does not start a rust rich area. Another way I make this job easier was by shaving the bulb holder down a bit. There is a lot of extra plaster on it that has no function.

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