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How do I remove the cover over 3rd brake light unit?

karimee

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I have a 2016 Fiesta 4-door sedan. I need to replace one of the bulbs in the 3rd brake light. It is located inside and at the top of the rear window. All videos I've found shows a cover with screws, but mine doesn't have screws. It also doesn't have any visible slots for possible prying. Please help!! I need to get this fixed before I go to update my tags.
 

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Look at your headliner - towards the rear - on both sides of that brake light - do you have interior "button cap"?

In some of those vids, I see your problem - it's an entire cap that leaves the holes exposed for the Torx driver to remove the two bolts.

However, in some sedans - the headliner covers the light - and there are two trim faster caps - like oversized flat button caps - that when you carefully pry them off - will let you drop the headliner and show the light and it too uses 3-push pin type button fasteners to hold it in place.

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These might be where you pry off those buttons which are really trim fasteners which then frees up the headliner to allow you to bring down the 3-rd level brake light and get at the bulbs.

IF I remember correctly as I worked with another poster in a similar situation of having to replace the sedan version of that upper brake light - they had trim fasteners that when removed allowed the owner the ability to bow down the upper liner and get at the light - they wound up replacing it (whole thing) due to another condition with it.
 
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Thank you. This is definitely more promising than everything I've seen online. I'll check it out tomorrow in the daylight. Fingers crossed!
 

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