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How to Replace Third Brake Light 98-10 Volkswagen Beetle

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  1. step : Removing the Third Brake Light (0:35)
    • Open the trunk
    • Remove the Phillips head screw from each inside trunk handle
    • Use a putty knife to pry off the interior trunk panel
    • Remove the three Phillips screws from the third brake light
    • Pull the brake light out from the outside of the trunk
    • Disconnect the brake light wiring harness
  2. step : Installing the New Third Brake Light (1:31)
    • Connect the wiring harness to the new third brake light
    • Push the new brake light into place
    • Insert the three Phillips screws into the brake light
    • Lift the trunk panel into place, starting at the front
    • Push in the trunk panel clips
    • Insert the Phillips screw into each trunk handle

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Hi, I'm Don from 1A Auto. I hope this how-to video helps you out, and next time you need parts for your vehicle, think of Thanks.

In this video, we're going to show you how to replace the third brake light on this 2001 Volkswagen Beetle, and it's the same part and similar process on these Beetles from '98 to 2010.The items you'll need for this are a new third brake light from, a putty knife, and a Phillips screwdriver.

Open up your trunk and then on the inside of it, in these handles, you'll see two Phillips screws. Just go ahead and remove those. Now, use a putty knife to pry out on the panel and just pull out the clips around the panel and it will pull down and off. Now remove these three Phillips screws and we'll fast forward as Don does this. Now, from the outside, pull the third brake light out. You can see ours is broken, just push the tab on the harness and disconnect it.

On the left is the old third brake light, on the right is the new one from 1A Auto. You can see they're identical and they'll fit exactly the same. Connect the harness to your new third brake light and set it down into place. Now on the inside, replace those three Phillips screws. Put the top of the panel on first, sliding it into that windowsill and then line up the clips and push them into place. Now, replace those two Phillips screws and you're all set.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Putty Knife

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Phillips Head Screwdriver

1998 - 2010  Volkswagen  Beetle
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