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Kia Forte 3rd Brake Light Bulb Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out high mount third brake light bulb in a 1st generation 2010 to 2013 Kia Forte with pictures.

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2013 Forte 3rd Brake Light
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Bulb Socket - Roof Of Trunk

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the first generation (2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013) Kia Forte in checking or changing a burnt out high mount third brake light bulb located in the rear deck lid housing above the trunk.

Owners of other Kia or Hyundai vehicles such as the Optima, Cadenza, K900, Sorento, Sportage, Sedona, Soul, Elantra, Veloster, Sonata, Azera, Tucson, Santa Fe, Genesis, Cerato, Spectra, Accent, Sephia, i20, i30, ix35, i40 and Equus may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A replacement bulb is part number 921 which is available from various manufacturers such as Sylvania, GE, PIAA and Eiko.

No tools are needed to change the 3rd brake light bulb.

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1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
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Remove Bulb Socket
The first step is to open the trunk lid.

Then locate the bulb socket on the roof of the trunk just below the housing on the rear deck lid.

Rotate the bulb socket 1/4 turn counterclockwise before pulling it straight out of the housing.

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Pull Out Old Bulb
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Old # 921 Light Bulb
Pull the old bulb straight out of the socket.
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Push In New # 921 Bulb
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Light Housing
Push a new number 921 miniature wedge base bulb in to the socket.

If you want a brighter third brake light, there are 921 LED options available.

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1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
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Test New 3rd Brake Light
Re-insert the socket in to the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to lock it in place.

Test the new light bulb by having someone step on the brake pedal.

For more, check out my other 2010-2013 Kia Forte DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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