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About a week ago, I was randomly surfing on eBay when i found a 3rd Brake Light, the newer LED style. Since I had the neon version of the light, I figured I would bid on this and see if I would get it. I won it for $9 with S/H included. Talk about a great find. The new one does have a scuff mark as it is off an 06 trailblazer, but is still in great shape.

During the swap, I took enough pictures to write a How-to on it to help those individuals who are visual learners such as myself. It is a very easy job and not hard to do at all!

Right after opening the package, i decided to put a coat of turtle wax just for the hell of it to get that glossy look.



Step 1: Open the lift gate and look up at the top and pull the wire out until you see the connector and disconnect it.


Step 2: If you purchased a used one or just want to see if the new one works, now would be a good time to test it. Just connect the new light and have someone press on the brakes. All of the LEDs in mine fired up nicely and so should yours.


Step 3: Carefully close the lift gate and open the glass portion about halfway, and open the lift gate to try to pull the wire to the top. I found it easiest to keep the wire as closest as you can to the hinge and it will come right out. Sorry, no pic for this.

Step 4: There are 2 (sometimes 3 depending on your model) philip screws holding the light to the top of the lift gate. They are on each side of the light and on top if you have a third screw. They can be accessed by having only the glass portion of the lift gate open.


Step 5: After unscrewing them, go ahead and pull out the light assembly.


I put them next to each other to compare the wear and fading. New one looks much better in my opinion:thumbsup:


Step 6: Go ahead and insert the new assembly and screw it into place.

Step 7: Run the wiring down through the lift gate and connect it back to the harness.

Don't Forget to shove the wire in there until the rubber "grommet" is securely covering the whole. If not, you will get water in your headliner next time it rains or you go for a car wash!!


And now you're done! Enjoy!

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Thanks! hopefully some members here will find this helpful for them! i'll try to keep an eye out for deals like that again!
 

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Good job, very helpful

Finally found the old neon chmsl on ebay for $75(new part!). Delivered and i installed yesterday, passed inspection today! Sweet...and saved about $600 vs the dealer LED retrofit!! And no tickets!!!!!
 

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wow i never noticed that they updated the tailight. i got to keep a eye on the road now to see it. i have a 2005 so i have the older version?

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wow i never noticed that they updated the tailight. i got to keep a eye on the road now to see it. i have a 2005 so i have the older version?
I believe it was the early Trailvoys that had a neon 3rd brake light. Somewhere around 2003-2004 I believe they went to the led version for expense and reliability reasons.

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IMO opinion the LED is much more brighter and looks a lot better than the old neon one. And for those with the neon tubes, they do burn out where LED's are basically forever.
 

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Thanks for the Great step by step replacement guide wardak33!!! I found the original neon new on ebay and just installed with ease - works perfect!:thumbsup:
 

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Am I correct in assuming the only part you guys used was part #15201921? The actual LED bar itself?

GMPartsDirect.com shows a description accompanying that part... that says:
HIGH STOP LAMP
(LED lighting system)(if used on 2003 and prior the bezel molding must be replaced to use new design lamp)

Check with customer service to obtain correct bezel lamp molding.


Did any of you experience this or know what this means? I have an '02 Envoy and I'm looking to replace my 3rd brake light with the newer LED style, but I'm hoping it's just easy...
 

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3rd brake light...

I just spoke to a Chevy dealer and the light itself was $207 and the new molding was around that same price. They guy said it might be necessary to buy both in my case.... yeah, I'll do that.
 

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Hey Guys, thanks for posting these step by step instructions. :hail:

I received my 3rd brake light from GMPartDirect today and installed it within a half hour... looks good and it's the LED light too !! :thumbsup:

Thanks for being the best of the best with honors ! lol

Val
 

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03 molding needed ? I don't think so....

Am I correct in assuming the only part you guys used was part #15201921? The actual LED bar itself?

GMPartsDirect.com shows a description accompanying that part... that says:
HIGH STOP LAMP
(LED lighting system)(if used on 2003 and prior the bezel molding must be replaced to use new design lamp)

Check with customer service to obtain correct bezel lamp molding.


Did any of you experience this or know what this means? I have an '02 Envoy and I'm looking to replace my 3rd brake light with the newer LED style, but I'm hoping it's just easy...
Hey McFly, I'm going to confirm the part number I received today. I have an '03 and I didn't need to change anything and it fit fine (as it appears to be to me anyway). I don't see anything out of the norm, it fit perfectly. Tomorrow morning I'll let you know.

ttyl, Val
 

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Hey McFly, I'm going to confirm the part number I received today. I have an '03 and I didn't need to change anything and it fit fine (as it appears to be to me anyway). I don't see anything out of the norm, it fit perfectly. Tomorrow morning I'll let you know.

ttyl, Val
Thought I didn't get the part number yet...I did notice that it isn't quite flush against the edges as I recall the original one being. Even so, it's not loose and it has rained here and I didn't see any leaks or anything...
I still don't think the replacement molding that the dealer suggested is really necessary. IMHO anyway...

what do the rest of you think ?

Val
 
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