How do I go about replacing the bub(s). I can't find where to access the bulbs. I did find the plugin under the rear deck but no screws to remove the housing. Thanks in advance.
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Lindberg76 September 12, 2009, 20:51Enthusiast
I fought with changing the brake light per the service manual on the Hyundai site. (The manual requires removing trim in the back seat and the "package-tray" in the back window to gain access!) After about an hour, I decided that there had to be a better way. There is no way that a dealer is going to remove all the trim in the back window to change a light bulb. I was determined to find their shortcut.
With the package tray pealed back as best I could, I still could not adequately maneuver the light socket let alone change out a bulb and replace it. I could, however, see the light socket enough to be able to reach into the trunk through the rear seat passenger compartment and marked the spot under the bulb. I then cut my own access hole with a 2-1/4 inch hole-saw through both layers of sheet metal of the trunk "ceiling" directly below the light.
On the 2007 Sonata trunk ceiling (not the lid!) there are raised portions of sheet metal, directly below the light there is one of these raised portions. I cut my hole just aft of the center of the raised portion which just so happened to be about 2-1/4 inches across.
My saw cut though both layers at about 3/4" deep and my pilot bit set maybe an 1/8" further out. I ensured that all wires were clear using a nearby hole. Remember to de-bur your holes before getting your fingers in there!!!
From now on my light bulb changes will be a relatively straight forward procedure. Hope this works for someone else out there! I will add a photo if the site allows it.
ReplyVisitor, September 08, 2010, 08:04
I hope I can figure out how you did this once I get in the trunk of my car. I have back problems and there is no way I am going to try and pull out the back seat for one little light bulb. Wish me luck!!
ReplyLindberg76, September 08, 2010, 13:57Enthusiast
I have posted a photo that may help. Good luck!
Answer #2Visitor, May 25, 2010, 15:28
Ditto to the previous post. I cut my own hole using a hole saw attached to my drill. Worked like a charm. Removing the rear seat??? Ridiculous.
Answer #3Visitor, August 10, 2010, 17:12
here's a brilliant idea that my boyfriend came up with and it WORKED! The part the hold the bulb in (black piece) is what's keep it from being able to slip the compartment back in. If you cut it or shave it down right before you hit the wire, you will be able to slip it back in with no problems. If you can't understand my explanation, feel free to email me: email@example.com.