2007 Hyundai Sonata How to replace rear window stop light

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JKRYSTON
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2007 Hyundai Sonata

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How do I gain access to the bulb on the rear window for the brake stop light? --
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Tuesday, August 31st, 2010 AT 12:19 PM

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BLUELIGHTNIN6
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1.) Unplug the connector in the trunk.

2.) Remove the 2 gold-colored screws with a phillips head screwdriver from inside the trunk. They can be seen from the trunk. 1 is thru the larger square opening where the wire connects to the 3rd brake light. The 2nd is on the right side thru a small (screwdriver width) hole covered by a piece of foam tape stuff.

3.) After removing the 2 screws, go inside the cabin and the brake light housing pops right up.

4.) Disconnect the bulb from the housing while inside the cabin.

5.) In the trunk remove the wire and bulb. (It's about 5 inches long. The wire from the connector to the bulb socket)

6.) Reverse steps to install.
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Tuesday, August 31st, 2010 AT 3:00 PM
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JKRYSTON
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There is not enough room to disconnect the bulb from the housing inside the car. The housing is so close to th rear window that you can bearly get your
pinky finger between the housing and the rear window shelf--Also inside the trunk you cannot see the bulb nor the connection because the small opening is not directly under the bulb--it is off to the side. You have to have extremely tinny finger to get inside the space to reach the bulb in the trunk.
I think that they made a mistake with the opening in the trunk and did not line it up properly. All other replacements for bulbs shows a diagram on how to do the job. For this particular bulb it only gives you the replacement number but no diagram in the manual.
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Tuesday, September 7th, 2010 AT 1:11 PM
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KHLOW2008
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Hi jkryston,

You are correct about very little space to work with and mostly you would not be able to perform it as per instructions from the manual.

Many mechanics have cursed and swear at the design and here is how some have managed to get it replaced.

1. Open trunk and disconnect extension cord from socket.
2. Fold both rear seats down and disconnect the center shoulder belt from base.
3. Remove 6 screws from plastic trim panle.
4. Partially remove both rear door seals to aid step 5.
5. Remove both rear window trim panels, one screw hides behind the SRS button.
6. Pop the two push clips at center of pakage tray and approx 5 inches from each side.
7. Slide the package tray forward to clear clips for baby seat.
8. Lift front of tray up and slide forward and out.
9. Change the single 3rd brake light bulb ( p/n 912)
10. Reverse removal procedure for instalation.

Job should be 1/2 to an hour dpending on skill level.
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Wednesday, September 8th, 2010 AT 1:00 PM
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ANON2
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Bluelightnin6's instructions worked. Sort of. You can lift the housing just enough to see the end of the bulb's connection, but there's not enough room to lift it out and remove the bulb. A real struggle, but you can rotate the wings on the bulb's connection (using either fingers or screwdriver) to release the bulb. Then let the bulb slip down into the trunk.

It's putting back together that was next to impossible. The bulb has to come up from the trunk and get rotated to lock it in position. Only there's no way to reach the bulb to turn it. I kept trying different approaches and somewhere along the line I did it, but I'm not sure how.
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Monday, October 31st, 2016 AT 4:58 PM
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ANON2
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Jkryston may be right about the whole being in offset in the wrong direction. A mechanic said he just drills a hole in the right place to access the bulb.
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Monday, October 31st, 2016 AT 5:25 PM

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