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How do I access the third brakelight bulb of a 2007 Toyota 4Runner. There is no spoiler. Brakelight is mounted at top center of the rear-facing door.


Look on both sides of the

Look on both sides of the high mount light. You'll see a screw on either side. Remove both of those screws. The top of the light will come off. From there you can replace the bulb easily.

I don't see any screws. I

I don't see any screws. I see only the red lens flush with the surface of the door. Is it possible that the lens is held in place with clips and must be pried out then snapped back in after the bulb is replaced?

Somethin is not adding up

Somethin is not adding up here. You're there and I'm here. I don't have your 4-Runner in front of me, so I gotta believe what you're tellin me. If what you are sayin is accurate, then you gotta pull the inner door panel to get to the screws that are holdin the base of the light to the panel. Once you got the screws out and the light off, you can (carefully and slowly) pry away the red lens at the corners. Once the lens is off you can access the bulb.

i can send the pics for this

i can send the pics for this info to a email ad. if needed, let me know.

Service and Repair

High Mounted Stop Light Assembly

HIGH MOUNTED STOP LIGHT ASSEMBLY

REMOVAL

REMOVE CENTER STOP LIGHT ASSEMBLY (without Rear Spoiler)
Release the 5 fitting claws as shown in the illustration.
Disconnect the connector and remove the center stop light assembly.
REMOVE REAR SPOILER SUB-ASSEMBLY (with Rear Spoiler)

REMOVE CENTER STOP LIGHT ASSEMBLY (with Rear Spoiler)
Disconnect the connector.

Install the strap on the connector of center stop light assembly.

Remove the 2 screws.
Pass the connector through the inside the rear spoiler sub-assembly and remove the center stop light assembly with bracket. HINT: Leave the strap inside the rear spoiler sub-assembly.

Remove the 2 nuts and center stop light assembly.

REMOVE CENTER STOP LIGHT BULB (without Rear Spoiler)
Remove the center stop light socket and center stop light bulb as shown in the illustration.
Remove the center stop light bulb from the center stop light socket.
INSTALLATION

INSTALL CENTER STOP LIGHT BULB (without Rear Spoiler)
INSTALL CENTER STOP LIGHT ASSEMBLY (with Rear Spoiler)
INSTALL REAR SPOILER SUB-ASSEMBLY (with Rear Spoiler)
INSTALL CENTER STOP LIGHT ASSEMBLY (without Rear Spoiler)

Thanks mws919. I would very

Thanks mws919. I would very much appreciate if you would send pics of how to replace the 3rd brakelight bulb to my email address, jgbulldog2279@yahoo.com. My 2007 4Runner does not have a spoiler. There is no trim or panel of any kind that I can see on the door (inside or outside) that can be removed to access the 3rd brakelight bulb. There are no screws visible on either side of the brakelight.

MyGrandkidsPapa, Replaced one

MyGrandkidsPapa,

Replaced one yesterday with no spoiler.

Open the rear lift gate. Look into the truck from the back . When you look up, on the lift gate you’ll see a long skinny trim piece. That piece comes off, and behind it is the twist socket with the bulb.

check email and let us know

check email and let us know how it went, mws919

I have the same vehicle and

I have the same vehicle and the same situation. The dealer told me I have to remove the headliner in order to get to the bulb. I do not see another way, like an access panel. Can you give me pictures of this as well? Thank you. smugutu@hotmail.com

Smug, I don’t respond to

Smug,

I don’t respond to personal e-mail addresses with auto repair information. My reason is honest and simple. I’m here to help you and everyone else who comes to this forum lookin for help. There‘s are a few mechanics here on this forum that do respond to personal e-mail addresses with repair information and they should be ashamed of themselves. There are forum members here who are just readers and not contributors. They come to the forum to simply read and learn from our answers. Like I said I’m here to help everyone. I’m proud to post my answers and I’m proud of my decades of experience and I have no problem sharing either with anybody. The way I see it if you gonna post repair information and send it to an individuals personal e-mail address then that tells me you a really insecure and poor mechanic who’s both ashamed and embarrassed of his answers. In any event just go back to the start of this thread and read it through. You’ll see that the question you are askin has more than been answered.

Big: I was not talking to

Big:

I was not talking to you.

Smug, I know you weren't

Smug,

I know you weren't talking to me. It doesn't matter who you were talking to. This is a free and open forum, which means any member is free to respond to any question at any time.

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