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HOW TO: Changing Third Brake Light

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by TheTacoManChach, Feb 23, 2009.

  1. Feb 23, 2009 at 5:45 PM
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    TheTacoManChach

    TheTacoManChach [OP] I AM THE GREAT CHACHOLIO!!!

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    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.

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

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    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!
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    Now its out unclip the harness.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.
     
  2. Feb 23, 2009 at 6:08 PM
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    Packman73

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    Cool! I may do this sometime. :)
     
  3. Feb 23, 2009 at 6:32 PM
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    TheSchwartz

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    Where did you get that light?
     
  4. Feb 23, 2009 at 6:40 PM
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    TheTacoManChach

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    Its the Bermuda 3rd brake light...
     
  5. Feb 23, 2009 at 6:50 PM
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    cbcs1987

    cbcs1987 Redneck from the hills

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    cool. you got any night pics?
     
  6. Feb 23, 2009 at 7:46 PM
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    Okkine

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    Good to know, Thanks!! Now I just need to find a cargo light that fits there :)
     
  7. Feb 23, 2009 at 7:51 PM
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    wildjerseyfirefighter

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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..
     
  8. Feb 23, 2009 at 8:11 PM
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    tacoholic

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    Awesome. It's on the list!
     
  9. Feb 24, 2009 at 6:21 PM
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    TheTacoManChach

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    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
     
  10. Mar 18, 2009 at 5:41 PM
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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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  11. Mar 18, 2009 at 5:50 PM
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    thanks for the info
     
  12. Apr 3, 2009 at 1:38 PM
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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?
     
  13. Apr 3, 2009 at 4:16 PM
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    TheTacoManChach

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    well if the bulbs look burned out thats possible...
    but its probably a blown fuse
     
  14. Apr 3, 2009 at 4:26 PM
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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.
     
  15. Apr 3, 2009 at 11:41 PM
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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...:confused:
     
  16. Apr 4, 2009 at 8:45 AM
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    Please take some pic to us

    i don undertand you does have a third ligth!!!!
     
  17. Jun 23, 2009 at 6:26 PM
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    JHAirForce05

    JHAirForce05 Im kinda a big deal

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  18. Jun 23, 2009 at 6:37 PM
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    Nice write up Chach...... I wanna see some night shots of the lights too. :thumbsup:
     
  19. Nov 25, 2009 at 6:03 PM
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    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?
     
  20. Nov 26, 2009 at 9:21 AM
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    You're mistaken. If it isn't illuminating it is broken.
     
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