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Honda CR-V 3rd Brake Light Bulb Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out high mount third brake light bulb in the tail gate of a 3rd generation 2007-2011 Honda CR-V.

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2011 CR-V 3rd Brake Light
Open Cargo Tail Gate Door
Pull Off Center of Cover
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the third generation (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 & 2011) Honda CR-V in changing a burnt out high mount third brake light bulb inside the cargo tail gate door.

Owners of other Honda or Acura SUV, minivan or hatchback vehicles with similar 3rd brake lamp housings such as the Pilot, Insight, CR-Z, Fit, Crosstour, Odyssey, TSX Sport Wagon, RDX and MDX may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A replacement bulb is part number 7440 which is available from various manufacturers such as Sylvania, GE, PIAA and Eiko.

If you would like to have a brighter 3rd brake light, choose a compatible 7440 LED bulb.

No tools are required to change the bulb. A small flathead screwdriver or plastic automotive panel pry bar tool may be useful if you have trouble removing the plastic trim piece by hand.

Pop Out Side Fasteners
Trim Panel Removed
Third Brake Housing Exposed
The first step is to open the rear cargo tail gate.

Locate the long rectangular plastic trim panel on the tail gate that covers the third brake light housing.

Gently pull out the pop rivet friction fasteners at the center of the plastic panel with your fingers or use an automotive panel removal tool.

Then move to each side and gently pull them out to release the pop rivet fasteners.

Set the trim panel aside in a safe place.

Light Grey Bulb Socket
1/4 Turn Counter Clockwise
Bulb Socket Removed
Rotate the light grey bulb socket on the right (passenger) side of the housing 1/4 turn counterclockwise before pulling it straight out.


Pull Out Old # 7440 Bulb
Push In New # 7440 Bulb
Re-Insert Socket In Housing
Pull the old bulb straight out of the socket and gently push in a new number 7440 bulb.

If you'd like a brighter third brake light, choose a 7440 LED bulb.

Re-insert the socket in to the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

I'd recommend testing the new bulb before replacing the plastic cover.

1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
Line Up Plastic Panel
Push In Pop Rivet Fasteners
Line up the plastic trim panel over the 3rd brake light housing and gently snap the pop rivets back in to place.
Pop In Side Friction Fasteners
Plastic Cover Replaced
Test New 3rd Brake Bulb
Move to each side of the cover and gently push in the pop rivets until they are flush with the adjoining tail gate panels.

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

For more, check out my other Honda CR-V Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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