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Boy that thing is hard to get to..

has anybody any tips on how the techs do it @ your local dealer?

I'm OK with remove panels but with my large mitts its very hard to change it out going through the trunk side..

Thanks In advance!
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There is a very good thread floating around here that talks about this. I have the page saved at home and when I get there I will paste the link for you.
 

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Funny but true, dealer wanted half an hour of labor to change it out, I scoffed at that idea. So, I bought an LED bulb on ebay, not one of the best but works.

Loosened the screws for the package tray, couldn't get it out....soooo I went to plan B. I took a flat head screw driver, pryed the plastic cover off breaking the clips. I got it out. I had to use a spade bit to drill a hole, and break some plastic pieces on the bulb holder to get it back in, also had to superglue the socket onto the assembly. It was a disaster.

Other's have claimed to do some deep horizon type exploration lying in the trunk and removing the third brake light. Until I see some video I don't think it can be done.

I'd just let the dealer do it and look for a high qaulity LED bulb with 360 coverage, the one I bought the LED's point up so it doesn't reflect, it lights up but not as bright as previously.
 

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Amateurs....

Inside the trunk, remove the 2 screws from underneath, 1 is silver, the other is gold color... you will need to pull the hole covering from 1 side to gain access to the screw. Unplug the connector.

Go inside the cabin, start to remove the lamp,, get it up enough that you can reach in and twist the wings on the socket to release it from the lamp housing, drop the bulb and socket down out of way so you can finishe removing the lamp housing.

Grab the socket with short pigtail, replace bulb.. Take a pair of side cutter and cut them wings off at the base of the socket.

Install bulb and socket into housing, install lamp assembly back onto the deck panel

re-install the 2 screws, and plug in the connector..... all done

Word of caution, be carefull getting socket out of the lamp, co-worker cut his fingers pretty good doing 1, it was the used car fella, he not come ask for directions..
 

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QUOTE (sbr711 @ May 25 2010, 08:38 PM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=326337
Amateurs....

Inside the trunk, remove the 2 screws from underneath, 1 is silver, the other is gold color... you will need to pull the hole covering from 1 side to gain access to the screw. Unplug the connector.

Go inside the cabin, start to remove the lamp,, get it up enough that you can reach in and twist the wings on the socket to release it from the lamp housing, drop the bulb and socket down out of way so you can finishe removing the lamp housing.

Grab the socket with short pigtail, replace bulb.. Take a pair of side cutter and cut them wings off at the base of the socket.

Install bulb and socket into housing, install lamp assembly back onto the deck panel

re-install the 2 screws, and plug in the connector..... all done

Word of caution, be carefull getting socket out of the lamp, co-worker cut his fingers pretty good doing 1, it was the used car fella, he not come ask for directions..
Show some video I want to see this done.
 

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I just recently replaced mine. I just used force to push it back in. If I was replacing it though I would just buy the LED piece on ebay for about $30 I think. It saves so much time and hassle from trying to force it in. It took me a couple hours just to try and figure out how to get the dam thing back in.
 
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