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    Changing brake light bulb

    My right rear brake light went out... I bought the bulb from the dealer and tried to replace it myself but have no idea how. I removed the plastic cover in the trunk. Can anyone please shed some light? Thank you.


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    Can anyone please shed some light? Thank you.

    I replaced mine 2 weeks ago, it's easy. The electrical connection is removed by squeezing the 2 side tabs while pulling the connector out. There is a tab 1/2" below the electrical connector. Push this tab up by squeezing the tab and electrical connector with your thumb and forefinger. The plastic housing is now easily pulled out. The stop light bulb is a bayonet mount. Push in, while twisting. Reverse procedure to assemble. Hope this helps.

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    Re: Can anyone please shed some light? Thank you.

    Quote Originally Posted by Cayman Cabriolet View Post
    I replaced mine 2 weeks ago, it's easy. The electrical connection is removed by squeezing the 2 side tabs while pulling the connector out. There is a tab 1/2" below the electrical connector. Push this tab up by squeezing the tab and electrical connector with your thumb and forefinger. The plastic housing is now easily pulled out. The stop light bulb is a bayonet mount. Push in, while twisting. Reverse procedure to assemble. Hope this helps.
    Thanks a whole lot! It does help. I'm able to dislodge the housing but as I pull it out, i can't seem to take out the entire thing out. It seems like I need to remove something else. The housing is dislodge but i can't take it out... I tried to wiggle it out but am afraid that I'll bust the other light bulbs in the process if i hit them against the side. Am I just an idiot?

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    Re: Changing brake light bulb

    I changed mine two days ago. If you lose one stop light bulb, it is usually a good practice to change both. The plastic assembly containing all of the bulbs takes a bit of effort to get out of the receptacle. The owners maunal recommends tipping the receptacle downward after you have gotten it partway out and that worked for me. Make sure you use the 2775 LL bulbs (marked 4W). Good luck!

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    Re: Changing brake light bulb

    As others have stated once you move the housing 1/4-1/2 inch you must angle it down to slide it out completely. Can be tricky at first but once you find the right angle it does slide right out.

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    Re: Changing brake light bulb

    Thank you guys for everything, Patrick and Tido too. I finally changed it and just as you guys have explained, it wasn't so bad when I angled it. Another minor fix accomplished! I know that changing a light bulb is as hard as scratching a nose... but it feels oddly satisfying (and useful) that I can say that I fix the stuff in my own car :-).

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    Re: Changing brake light bulb

    I just got back from AutoZone and they punch make, model and year into a computer and gave me Sylvania 7528LL bulbs for my brake lights. But the package says they are 6W and not the 4W in the manual. The guy says the information in the computer are according to the manufacturer's specs. Should I trust him? Would it hurt to use the 6W?

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    Re: Changing brake light bulb

    You should replace it with the same size and wattage that was already in there. I was fed the same baloney and while the light bulb worked the fault message wouldn't clear until I put the correct bulb in. Your owners manual has all the correct info.

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    Re: Changing brake light bulb

    You're right. It didn't work. Stupid Autozone. where is a good place to get 2775 LL bulbs? Suncoasticon doesn't have them.
    Last edited by stromo; 09-04-2010 at 10:43 PM.

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    Re: Changing brake light bulb

    Not sure where you are but I found a 2 pack that was the correct watt rating at my local Pep Boys outside of Philadelphia, PA.

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    I have had to replace a brake light bulb. I bought them at the dealership parts counter for $7. Next time I went back I was talking to our mechanic and he said it should have been covered under warranty. They refunded me the price of the bulb on my next annual service.
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    Re: Changing brake light bulb

    The drivers side rear lightbulb aparatus is much easier to get out then the passenger side. The passenger side one is a lot tighter and trickier. I actually had to remove a little section of carpet to get in at it.

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    Re: Changing brake light bulb

    The bulb is 7225 NOT 2775 (two of you typo'ed it above). I found this after driving to Four stores looking for 2775 and finally pulling the old bulb out and reading 7225 on it.

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    Re: Changing brake light bulb

    There are three (3) 2-filament bulbs in the taillight assembly. Two (2) are the 7225 bulbs (one for the brake), and the other is a 7528 bulb. After replacing the brake light bulb (7225), I turned the ignition on, depressed the brake pedal, and saw I had brake lights. I turned the ignition off, and removed the key. The "brake light out" message then disappeared when the ignition was turned on again.

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    Re: Changing brake light bulb

    New member and first post. Just wanted to share that I changed the brake light bulbs in my 2006 CaymanS today based on information provided in this post. It took less than 5 min and I am by no means a "car guy". Just wanted to point this out in case anyone is thinking they need to take it into the dealer. If I can do it, just about anyone can.

    Thanks to Jeff G for providing the right bulb sizes (7225 and 7528). I found both made by Sylvania at my local Pep Boys. They sell them in packs of two for about $5 each.

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