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How to Replace 3rd Brake Light Assembly 07-14 Toyota FJ Cruiser

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How to Replace 3rd Brake Light Assembly 07-14 Toyota FJ Cruiser

Created on: 2019-08-06

Learn how to replace the 3rd brake light assembly on your 07-14 Toyota FJ Cruiser. 1A Auto shows you how to do it yourself in this video!

  1. step 1 :Removing the 3rd Brake Light
    • To open the tailgate glass, insert the key into the tailgate lock, turn the key to the right and hold it until the glass unlatches
    • Lift the glass up
    • Pry off the inner plastic trim
    • Disconnect the brake light electrical connector
    • Pry the defroster electrical connector retaining clip out
    • Remove the two 8 mm screws
    • Push the brake light assembly out
  2. step 2 :Installing the 3rd Brake Light
    • Insert the brake light assembly into position
    • Install the two 8 mm screws
    • Reconnect the 3rd brake light electrical connector
    • Reposition the defroster electrical connector
    • Reinstall the inside trim onto the two panel clips

Tools needed for replacement

  • Ratchets & Related


  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Pocket Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

    8mm Socket

  • Specialty Tools

    Plastic Fastener Remover

Installation Video
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Hey friends, it's Len here at 1A Auto. Today we're working on our 2007 Toyota FJ cruiser and I want to show you how to replace the third brake lamp assembly. It's going to be super easy. I want to show you how to do it. If you need any parts, you can always check us out at Thanks.

Okay, so first thing we need to do is pop the glass. So you just take your key inside the door lock here, turn to the right and hold it for a few seconds. There we are. Now we have a clear view of what's going on. We can move to the next step.

Next thing we're going to want to do is remove this plastic right here. There's going to be a little clip right about here and possibly one right about there. Essentially there's two clips under here. It's going to feel like this piece is really stuck on there pretty good, but it'll pop off. You can use something like this, a little trim tool, if that makes it better for you. Just try to sneak it in there.

Here we are. Push clip, push clip. Those go right into these holes. We'll set those, this aside. We can move ahead to the next step.

Okay, so now let's start disconnecting our electrical connectors here. This right here is a push button. You can push in with your finger and then just kind of grip it and pull it straight down. We always take a look at our electrical connectors. Make sure there is no funny colors. Rainbow colors inside electrical connectors are no good. So if you see green, blue, red, pretty much anything aside from metal, you're going to want to service that. This one looks great. I'll set it aside.

We'll move over here. This has a little push right here. That's going to help pop this out. The backside should have one too, but of course that one's a little harder to get to, so you're just going to have to use a little bit of brute force and see if you can get it to wiggle out of here. Here we are. So you got one push there, one there. We're going to remove this eight-millimeter head bolt. And this eight-millimeter head bolt. Once those are off, our LED assembly should be ready to come out.

That's what our bolt looks like. Second bolt, same as the first. Bring our glass down a little bit here. See if I can, let's see. I want to be able to push up on, there we go. Okay, so all I did was reach under and I pushed up right here and that lifted this up for me. All right, let's move on to the next step.

Okay, so let's go ahead and put in our third brake light assembly. You can that the brake light assembly is curved along the bottom and pretty flat across the top. Flat across the top here, curved along the bottom there. Okay, it should just go right up in, drop in nice and easy. We'll lift this up. Okay, now we can continue.

We'll grab our screws. We have two. They're both the same exact screws. I'm just going to take it, get it started in there. Do the same thing to the other one. If you push up too hard, you're just going to push the assembly up and out. So just kind of push enough just to feel like it's grabbing on. Both of them are started now, so I'm going to go ahead and snug them up. I'm just screwing into plastic here, so you want to make sure that you don't go ahead and torque it down too much. I'm talking minimal torque. Just get it so it's bottomed out. And then maybe just a little baby hair more. Okay, bottomed. There it is. Bottomed. Just a little bit tight. Tight.

Grab this third brake light pigtail. And you listen for the click. Give it a nice, gentle tug. That feels great. Okay, so we've got our two holes and our two clips. Just put your fingers near the holes so you know where to line them up with the clips and then press. Presses right in. Push these up and out of the way so they can't get caught on anything.

Let's give it a little test. Very nice. Easy peasy.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    Ratchets & Related

  • Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Pocket Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 8mm Socket

  • Specialty Tools

  • Plastic Fastener Remover

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