I ended up taking the car to an auto mechanic which does electrical troubleshooting. the issue was a turn signal switch even though the turn signals work. Thought the resolution would help someone else out before paying $200 to fix.
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I believe you are referring to the "Elevated Brake Light". These lights are mounted in various places depending on the vehicle. Most cars have them mounted on the back deck but it appears yours is mounted inside the trunk lid. In most states, a car must have all lights(including the elevated brake light) functioning to pass vehicle inspection.
Try having someone push on brake pedal at the same time thay move the turn signal lever up and down slightly to see if your brake lights work this would tell me that you have a faulty turn signal switch because GM runs the brake lights thru the turn signal switch so they work if you are driving with your 4way flashers on.
The brake light in the rear window and the main brake lights are on a different circuit. After the signal leaves the activating switch on the brake pedal arm, it splits. One circuit goes straight to the high mount brake light, the other goes into the turn signal switch. If the rear turn signals work but the brake lights don't, suspect the turn signal switch, not the bulbs and wires. Better to check this before removing and checking bulbs, wires and fuses.
It is a common problem with the W-body cars like Lumina, Monte Carlo, Buick Regal, Olds Cutlass and Pontiac Grand Prix. (Approx 94-99 models). Part number is GM 190005031 (w/o radio accessory control) or 19005032 (with radio controls)
If you mean the blinker bulb, they are either set in behind the front bumper, where you see the orange/white colored glass (directly beneath the headlights)....OR the side blinkers, which are accessed by opening the hood and reaching in from the inside.
The rear blinkers are able to be accessed by opening the hood, and removing a small (phillips head) screw on the top of the vertical tail light housing. These lights serve as blinkers and brake lights, and there are two in each housing. Hope that helps! :)