Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: United Kingdom
third brake light - bulb replacement
I noticed yesterday one of the bulbs in the third brake light strip on the rear parcel shelf of my 159 2.4 jtdm saloon was not lighting up. Went to the manual to get the replacement info and it said return car to dealer for bulb replacement! WHAT!
So got to - job was simple -although access was a bit of a pig.
Gently push the housing rearwards towards the back rear window to be able to lift off the housing. It has 2 spring clips and several hooked tabs that locate into holes in the parcel shelf.
Gently manouver the housing including the strip light assembly around until you get access to the wiring loom connector into the strip, the plug is held with a central tag that need to be depressed so that the plug can be removed. Housing and light unit can then be removed.
The strip is held into the plastichousing with 2 cross head screws, remove these.
The strip can then be opened by pressing the location clips on the rer sideways and the red lens can be removed to show the row of liliput bulbs underneath located in 2 parallel metal strips. All the bulbs are connected in parallel.
I had no blown bulb, jus a bad connection (they are those loose wires that make a connection just through insertion.
Checked they now all lit with brake depressed and then hey presto refitting is the reversal of removal.
Only problem was fiddling the housing to rotate it to gain access to the electrical connection as the power supply wire is quite short, guess the dealer takes the rear window out!!! JOKING