Hey everyone, So I recently swapped my Third Brake light bulbs for even brighter LEDs, with good results.
I figured this time around I'd snap some pics, thanks to the unique way Pontiac set up the third brake light bulbs.
Although I used LEDs the steps are the same for regular bulbs.
This is the replacement bulb you would normally use:
The actual bulbs are a bit larger than this, Same socket size but larger bulb.
So first off, once you remove the third brake light and the rear cover to it, this is what you'll see. Three plastic sockets that hold the bulbs:
Simply twist each socket and remove it. Once out you'll have something like this:
You just need to cut the little wires at the base to remove it from the socket.
I've placed red lines where you should cut:
Here's what you get.
(Please excuse all the excess solder. I tried soldering my new bulbs in, but it doesn't take to the metal in the socket)
So now that the old bulb is removed, it's time to prep the new bulb to be installed. Here's an LED that looks similar to regular bulbs on the socket side:
You simply just need to pull both wires so they're sticking straight out:
NOTE: The regular bulbs have a kind of looped wire, I recommend cutting one end and pulling it straight to make it longer, make sure not to cut the end going to the filament in the bulb.
After you've got the bulb ready you can just pop it into the socket.
And just bend each wire over each tab on the sides of the socket:
Now at this point I'll take some needle nose pliers to try and pull the wire tighter to lock it into the socket piece. I believe there is a small split in the center of that tab that the wire can be pulled into to ensure a tight secure connection. You can try soldering but the socket doesn't take it too well. With enough persistence I'm sure you can make it work.
Hope this helps someone out there!
Any questions, comments or concerns please feel free to post or PM me.