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Throttlejockey 07-30-2004 11:10 AM

Need help to remove the bulb from the 3rd brake light
 
I have the spoiler on mine and want to remove the bulb from the third brake light. Any suggestions? The manual says to have the dealer replace the bulb if there's a problem. It looks like you have to remove the entire upper back panel to get to it, there's no access from underneath. It seems like you have to remover the back seat (upper) to get the panel out.

*Jedimaster* 07-30-2004 01:30 PM

I'm betting you go in through the trunk...

powbmps 07-30-2004 02:14 PM

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I've attached a photo I just took of the inside of the trunk. The green ellipse is directly underneath the third brake light. The black tab that protrudes through has an arrow (highlighted in green) on it that points towards the rear seat. It looks like the rear seat back needs to be removed so that whole back shelf can be pulled forward, up and out.

Chris S.

Throttlejockey 07-30-2004 02:43 PM

Yes, I found the tab before, but like I figured the upper part of the back seat must need to come out. What a pain just to get to a bulb. There's no wires accesible to unplug either.

*Jedimaster* 07-30-2004 07:23 PM

Well that's overly complicated. Maybe see if one of the guys who downloaded the service manuals can help you out.

eamiller 07-30-2004 08:30 PM

A possible solution, although not having a Legacy I can't guarantee success. On Camrys and other newer cars, the highmount housing is held in by two clips on either side. Basically, you squeeze the plastic housing on the left and right to disengage the clips and pull up. Perhaps this might work.

I can't believe Subaru would make this an overly complicated procedure. Seems unlike them.

brady_bunch 07-31-2004 12:13 AM

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Originally Posted by eamiller
A possible solution, although not having a Legacy I can't guarantee success. On Camrys and other newer cars, the highmount housing is held in by two clips on either side. Basically, you squeeze the plastic housing on the left and right to disengage the clips and pull up. Perhaps this might work.

I can't believe Subaru would make this an overly complicated procedure. Seems unlike them.

Close... Subaru went fore and aft instead of side to side. Here is the access method:

Stick your thumbnail under the lip of the brake light and lift. Mine had a bit of hot glue (or something) to keep it attached but I pulled firmly and it came up.

IwannaSportSedan 07-31-2004 06:25 AM

At least ya don't have to take out the rear deck.

Those holes kinda suck, though. I wonder if someone could fab up some sort of plastic plate, and mount an XM/Sirius antenna there, or find some other something to mount over top of those holes, and keep the CHMSL somewhere else, such as in the spoiler...

Throttlejockey 07-31-2004 06:45 AM

Thanks brady_bunch! You are the man! :D

Euclid 08-02-2004 02:55 PM

Sweet. I noticed the 3rd brake light was still functional, and wondered how to remove the bulb. I know what I'm doing tonight!

eamiller 08-02-2004 03:45 PM

On the silver GT Lim that I drove, it had a spoiler installed at the factory. They make a flat filler plate that covers those holes in the deck. Might check with the parts counter for one.

TLS 08-02-2004 03:51 PM

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Originally Posted by eamiller
On the silver GT Lim that I drove, it had a spoiler installed at the factory. They make a flat filler plate that covers those holes in the deck. Might check with the parts counter for one.

Aren't they all installed at the factory?

Every GT sedan I saw at the dealers lots had spoilers and all had the 4th stoplight intact.

brady_bunch 08-02-2004 06:59 PM

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Originally Posted by eamiller
On the silver GT Lim that I drove, it had a spoiler installed at the factory. They make a flat filler plate that covers those holes in the deck. Might check with the parts counter for one.

Don't happen to have a part number for that do ya? My parts guy hasn't heard of one. TIA!

Throttlejockey 08-03-2004 11:14 AM

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Originally Posted by eamiller
On the silver GT Lim that I drove, it had a spoiler installed at the factory. They make a flat filler plate that covers those holes in the deck. Might check with the parts counter for one.

Aren't they all installed at the factory?

Every GT sedan I saw at the dealers lots had spoilers and all had the 4th stoplight intact.

No. I had the dealer install my spoiler.

TLS 08-03-2004 11:20 AM

Interesting....

I thought they were a factory option only.

I see mention of a "lip spoiler", yet never saw a picture of one until I just looked at the top of THIS page as I type now. There is a silver or white Legacy with different wheels on it.....it has a nice low spoiler on it, and....a rear wiper??? CooL!


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