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Old 02-13-2009, 10:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I know that there has been a number of postings on this topic, but none of them seemed to offer a simple solution.

I just wanted to let you all know that my dealer has offered a solution to the difficult change out of burned out bulbs in the High Mount (or 3rd) Brake light on NF Sonata's.

When mine burned out in 7 months and only 8000miles(12,000KMs) I called about getting it replaced on warranty. They not only changed the bulb (normally requires 1 hour of shop time) but they cored a larger opening and modified the bulb mount so no I can do it myself.

In fact it is now easier than most of the other bulbs, as long as you don't mind laying down in your trunk.

It would seem this is a fairly simple modification and all dealers should be able to do this. They need a steel hole saw to widen the opening below the light housing and then you can access the bulb without removing the package shelf cover and undoing the trim, wiring etc, etc.

Once it warms up - it's -25C tonight - I will try to take some pic's of the mod so you can see how they did this.

My dealer rocks!
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Old 02-13-2009, 10:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Here in the U.S. the Dealer will not make modifications. Of course I can't speak for all Dealers,

but as a rule Dealers are very unwilling to make any modifications under Warranty. Glad they fixed you!
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QUOTE (MiamiLX @ Feb 13 2009, 08:41 PM)
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Here in the U.S. the Dealer will not make modifications. Of course I can't speak for all Dealers,

but as a rule Dealers are very unwilling to make any modifications under Warranty. Glad they fixed you!
Good cop-out but this is not an unauthorized mod. Hyundai Canada has allowed this so I wouldn't see this being an issue with Hyundai US. More likely the dealers don't want to be bothered.

The other possibility is my interest in the Genesis Coupe that just arrived! Who knows???
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Old 02-14-2009, 01:57 AM   #4 (permalink)
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After replacing my stock brake light with LEDs and seeing this firsthand it doesn't make sense why they designed it this way.
Making a hole underneath to access is the way to go....
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Old 02-14-2009, 06:42 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Here in the UK dealers are not paid or authorised to carry out un authorised mods,
Not a case of cant be bothered ! it just has other implications if things go wrong etc
If another failure is found and can be attributed to having carried out an unauthorised mod Warranty will refuse payment
and as such customer would be liable for costs.
And as we all no no one likes paying for repairs when there cars in warranty.
Hope this helps
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Please post pics eddie. I haven't had to change mine but when I do I'll do the mod.

Thanks!
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Ours haven't gone out yet, but I've seen quite a few Sonata's with the third brake light out. That's great that your Dealer came up with a mod to facilitate easy bulb changes. Does anybody know if there's an aftermarket long life bulb available for our third brake lights? I agree, we need some pics!

Okay, I searched, I can't take credit for this though, thanks gewb!


921 LL (long life) bulb for the third brake light.
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All it is, is snipping the little tail/knob. I did it with my hands outside the auto parts store. I couldn't wait to get home, so I changed the bulb in the parking lot. I didn't get the entire tail off, about a 1/4 was still left on, but it helps while screwing the socket into and out of the lens assembly.
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Here is a helpful video

Third Brake Light Bulb Change Hyundai Sonata (2006-2010) - 2009 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4L 4 Cyl.
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The Video is great but I could not get the socket to close from the top. It tells you how to find the 2nd screw on the left ( smallest opening with foam to the left of the large opening where you see the white electrical connectors. I spent hours and finally had to cut out the upper deck a bit ( BAD IDEA DONT DO IT), even then I had to shorten the black socket. The problem for me was that the bulb kept coming out of the housing while i tried to twist the bulb housing to close it. Better idea is shorten the black socket by cutting all the excess pointed portion at the bottom until it slides through because the deck holds the light in place with the clip. All around bad design. In another place someone said maybe drill another hole just below the socket using some kind of metal drill so you can get to the socket without moving around. Even after i tightened the screw that holds the electrical connectors (white ones) they were loose and I had to jiggle the wires to make the bulb light up.
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