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Old 02-23-2009, 05:45 PM   #1
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HOW TO: Changing Third Brake Light

Ok So What it takes to Change your Third Brake light!

You Need:
A towel or cushion of some sort
A number 3 Torx Bit
A Chizel

So this is a little more difficult then your tail lights... because its sticky...

Only 2 Torx screws hold the light in.




Now use your Torx bit and screw driver to remove them torx screws.



Now that the screws are out the red face plate will just come off easily.
Remove it so it doesnt fall off during the next step.

You now need the towel(cushion) and chizel.
You have to get the chizel behind the light and wedge it out all the way around. Its stuck on their pretty good so work it all the way around. Make sure you keep the towel in between the chizel and the truck!



Now its out unclip the harness.




Now that the old brake light is out. Remove all the sticky stuff that was holding it on. I just peeled most of it off with my fingers, the foam is the main part you want off so that it doesnt get in the way of the new foam on your new light.

Now connect your new light.



Remove all wrapping and that is on your light. And remove the backing that was keeping your new foam from sticking to stuff prematurely.
Line the holes up with the old screw holes. And put the old screws back in.



Make sure the screws are tight. You won't have to worry about over tightening them due to what they sit in. If you over tighen it just slips back. So if it does happen just re tighten to just before that point.

Hopefully this helps anyone worried it might be to difficult. Or didn't wanna risk starting something that they weren't sure how to finish.
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Where did you get that light?
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Old 02-23-2009, 06:40 PM   #4
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Where did you get that light?
wooddashexperts.com

Its the Bermuda 3rd brake light...
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cool. you got any night pics?
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Good to know, Thanks!! Now I just need to find a cargo light that fits there
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damnit! the new trucks are so easy to work on! My 96 i tried to take the 3rd brake light out, and i didnt know it had 2 bolts holding it on(that you have to drop the headliner to get to) so it broke..I had to use this stuff thats like a silicone, but it hardens up to put my light back in..It looks ok, but I know otherwise..
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Awesome. It's on the list!
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Old 02-24-2009, 06:21 PM   #9
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damnit! the new trucks are so easy to work on! My 96 i tried to take the 3rd brake light out, and i didnt know it had 2 bolts holding it on(that you have to drop the headliner to get to) so it broke..I had to use this stuff thats like a silicone, but it hardens up to put my light back in..It looks ok, but I know otherwise..
I have a guide for how to do it in a 96 also...
It takes new screws and new clips that were provided to me with the light... Thumbs up to bermuda
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hi my name is mauricio from chihuahua, mexico.


i got mine, clear red led, please see some pictures, ( on, off) and the procedure to install
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so my TRD access cab only reflects it never lit up does that mean i can buy a bulb and put it in place or do i need to buy a whole new box/piece that fits into the slot as well as the bulb itself?
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so my TRD access cab only reflects it never lit up does that mean i can buy a bulb and put it in place or do i need to buy a whole new box/piece that fits into the slot as well as the bulb itself?
well if the bulbs look burned out thats possible...
but its probably a blown fuse
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When reinstalling the two(2) torx screws make sure the rubber washers are
installed also. They were supplied with the 3rd brake light kit. Otherwise
the light will fill with water.
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well if the bulbs look burned out thats possible...
but its probably a blown fuse
im pretty sure that my model (access cab trd off road) doesnt come with a third brake light its just a reflector unless im mistaken...
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Please take some pic to us

i don undertand you does have a third ligth!!!!
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Good to know, Thanks!! Now I just need to find a cargo light that fits there
Yeah, really! Some Fords have the cargo/bed lights built into the 3rd brake light, someone has to have made this by now for our Tacos, right?
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im pretty sure that my model (access cab trd off road) doesnt come with a third brake light its just a reflector unless im mistaken...
You're mistaken. If it isn't illuminating it is broken.
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