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Replacing third brake light assembly

I need help removing the third brake light assembly from a 1997 Ford Explorer.

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  • pizzakfb Mar 18, 2009

    My high-mount stop light does not work most of the time. When it does come on, it looks normal (no burned-out bulbs). I think it has a short somewhere. Do I need to replace it?



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I dont think my third light has a bulb it looks like its conected to a black power supply i need to whats the name of it so I can get another one

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You need to pull down the headliner to get at the light asssembly

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check all your grounds, fuses, just all the obvious things. If that doesn't solve it I think the third brake light is ran through your turn signal switch.

I would use a test light to see if you are getting any power back there at all first.

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