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Old 04-23-2012, 03:00 AM   #1
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replacing third brake light

Ok so the third brake light doesn't work on ly 97 xlt. How do i go about changing it? I looked and can't seem to figure out how the darn thing comes out. Can anyone help me with this?




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Old 04-23-2012, 07:56 AM   #2
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There's a thread with a how to in lighting. If not google will lead you to one on e how.com




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Old 04-23-2012, 10:04 AM   #3
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Make sure it's the light before you change it. Check and see if there's power to the light with someone stepping on the brake peddle.
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Ive already checked. Thats how i know it dont work. And i cant find crap this site thats why i posted a new thread and asked. So someone that can answer my question without telling me to go somewhere else please help..




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3 sec search How to fix 3rd brake light




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Ive already checked. Thats how i know it dont work. And i cant find crap this site thats why i posted a new thread and asked. So someone that can answer my question without telling me to go somewhere else please help..




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So am I to assume there is power there? When you ask for help it's best to answer people questions as we don't know what has or hasn't been done.
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Ive already checked. Thats how i know it dont work. And i cant find crap this site thats why i posted a new thread and asked. So someone that can answer my question without telling me to go somewhere else please help..
1st Try and listen to what people are asking you before you shoot back short answers. There are a LOT of great people on here with TONS of experiance and info. When someone asked if it was your light or if you had power They were asking great questions just needed a little more info.

Your vehicle has the neon light $$$ which has a ballast $$ that makes it work. It is not as simple as replacing a tail light bulb.

You have to remove the rear hatch pannel to access the cover over the ballast and you have to drill the pop rivits and temove the trim molding.


There is a fuse in the fuse pannel, an inline fuse link before the Ballast. So if you look at this link
http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/...d.php?t=221741

and look at #10 you can see how it is tested before the ballast. If you have power there then it is either the ballast or the neon bulb. Can't test the bulb without a good ballast. if you have no power there then you need to trouble shoot before that point.




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Old 04-24-2012, 03:28 AM   #9
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I havent figured this site out quite yet. I searched beforehand i posted and couldnt figure it out. And when you said to test it, i didnt realize what you were saying. Thanks for the info. I will check fuses and try to test and make sure there is power going to my ballast. I will let you know my results.. thanks!




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It seems from my reading that more people have a problem with the power than they do a bad light. Another way to test is to take a battery lead and go directly to the light. If I remember you have to pop off the interior moulding in the back to access the wires and the light is on with rivets.
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My 3rd brake light LED conversion:
http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/...1&postcount=68

This thread looks like it has better removal pictures:
http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/...d.php?t=237636




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Old 04-24-2012, 11:42 PM   #12
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Ok so i looked at the link DaExplorer posted. Thanks for that by the way, i cleaned the trailer connector as the thread you sent me to said. But still have no third brake light. The fuse in the dash is good. I dont have a tester to test and see if there is power. Im going to ask around and hopefully somebody i know has one i can use cuz im flat broke lol.. anybody know about how much the LED strip costs and where i can get one? Thinking it might be cheaper in the long run to do the conversion..lol




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Even if you only buy a 2 dollar light up tester you can check for voltage. I wouldn't go buying a light yet. If you have a spare battery take it back there, take a couple strips of wire and wire directly to the light. That will tell you if the light works or not.

If it is bad I knew a guy a while back that had one for a hundred dollars. I know they can be expensive so I don't know if thats a good price or not.
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I found one for $50 at a boneyard. But if it has to be replaced id rather just do the conversion...




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Old 04-25-2012, 08:56 AM   #15
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You got "no money" but you are willing to spend it before you following the suggestions about checking out the existing lamp by basically spending nothing. Take your battery out, carry to the back of your truck, get some lamp cord / cut an old extension cord / use jumper cables and see if your light will work directly BEFORE you spend your "no money".
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I think I converted my 3rd brake light to LED for $20ish. And now the light should never go out again.




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Old 04-25-2012, 02:14 PM   #17
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Budwich. Im sure if you had a baby on the way you would say you have no money also. We are trying to spend the least amount possible cuz we need it for baby stuff. Im trying to find a cord i can use to test and see if the light works or if it might be the ballast.. i finally figured out how to get the light out but one of the nuts is rusted and wont come out lol.. this has become a huge headache. It has to go to inspections soon therefore hopefully i can figure it out before then or im screwed lol..




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Ok so i was ajle to borrow a tester. Theres power going into the ballast but i have no power comong out of it. Havent tested the bulb yet. Ill get to that soon.




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Old 04-26-2012, 09:00 AM   #19
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Keep in mind that is a florecent bulb (as in high voltage) thats why it has a ballast, it can't be tested with 12v. The problem is more likely to be the ballast than the bulb but....
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Tested the light and nothing. Either its the light or drbenz is right about the battery not being aboe to push it. Looks like im doing a conversion..lol




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