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How to Replace 3rd Brake Light Bulbs 97-05 Lexus GS300

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  1. step : Removing the 3rd Brake Light Bulbs (0:07)
    • Press on the front facing side of the 3rd brake unit to release the locking tabs and lift up and away
    • Disconnect the electrical connector
    • Press in the locking tabs on either side of the gray bulb bar
    • Remove any bulbs that require replacing from the bulb sockets
  2. step : Replacing the 3rd Brake Light Bulbs (1:32)
    • Replace any removed bulbs with identical 194 type bulbs
    • Insert the bulbs into the sockets
    • Replace the bulb bar on the light assembly
    • Reconnect the electrical connector
    • Insert the rearward facing mounting tabs
    • Lock in the front facing side of the light assembly

Hi, everyone. Sue here from 1A Auto. Today, on our 2001 Lexus GS300, I'm going to show you how to remove the third brake light, AKA center light, and replace the bulbs. If you need any parts for your car click on the link below and head on over to

You're going to go in your back seat, and you're going to access the rear deck. This is the cover to the third brake light. It has a plastic hook going this way underneath and two going that way. So I'm going to push forward and lift up, and then pull it towards me and slide the other two out. Now, there's the electrical connector. Let's see if I can access that so that way I can take the whole light out. There's a little clip right there. Push in on that clip. And then I have the whole light with me.

Now, with the third brake light itself sitting on a steady surface, get this tab here and one there. We're going to push the tabs in and lift up on the electrical light bar. There, you'll see all the bulbs. They look like 194 bulbs, and they are. So you have five 194 bulbs. If any of them are out, you'll pull the bulb out. Examine the socket. Make sure there's no heated or melted wire. Looks good. It looks like the filament's gone. Then just replace the bulb with a 194. Click the bar back in. Then we can reinstall this.

Now, we're back here in the rear deck of the car. Going to grab the electrical connector, plug it in, turn my light around. You see those forks that are in the front. Put them right underneath the cardboard of the deck. Slide them forward and then bring it back towards you. It's all set.

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