Contributed by: Jeffrey W. Chan
Difficulty: On a scale of 1 (easiest) to 10 (hardest) this DIY is ranked 2.
Step 1: Remove the cover of the 3rd brake light. Gently pull upwards. No tools needed.
Step 2: Remove the 2 nuts with the use of a 10mm socket wrench
Step 3: Remove the 3rd brake light housing.
Step 4: Disconnect the two electrical wires.
Step 5: Remove the two Phillips screws on the bottom, which hold the entire light assembly in place.
Step 6: Remove the entire light stick from the car.
Step 7: There are 4 phillips screws on the back of the light stick. Remove those screws and take off the back cover. Disconnect the two wires that hold the back plate to the circuit board.
Step 8: Gently pry away the circuit board from the light stick housing. Start at one end and pull gently. There is nothing holding the circuit board to the housing except friction.
Step 9: You can look at the bulbs and see which ones are blown. You can see in this picture that some blubs are darker than others.
Here is another shot of two bulbs, the one on the left is new, the one on the right is blown.
Step 10: Using your soldering iron, remove of the old bulbs. Each bulb has two contacts that are soldered in. It works best if you heat up one side and then wiggle that side out. Heat up the other side and wiggle it out as much as you can. Eventually, the bulb will come right out.
Note: When you are using your soldering
iron, be sure that you do not create a solder bridge between the two metal
rows that run lengthwise down the circuit board. This would short out something
when you reinstalled everything.
If you feel the bulbs are getting too hot, then solder one side, and then let that cool before doing the other side.
After you have replaced all the bulbs, it will look like this:
Step 12: Reinstallation is pretty much the reverse of what you did to take everything apart:
Here is a picture of the finished work!