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B5 Audi a4 High mount brake light (third bake light), light replacement???

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Old 09-06-2012, 04:58 PM
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Default B5 Audi a4 High mount brake light (third bake light), light replacement???

Ok i cannot figure ok how to change the freakin high mount brake (aka third brake light, Shelf light, etc.) light bulbs in my 98 Audi a4 1.8T, i tried just pulling the shelf out, i tried pushing on the sides of the light, nothing. Heres some pictures:
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As you can see there arnt any bolts (I see) besides the clip holding the shelf on but it wont come off, anybody????
 
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Old 09-06-2012, 05:13 PM
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right at the trunk entry where it slopes down in the front, slide your fingers between the metal and the rear shelf card. I think theres two "tabs"? Then pull it to you, it will see like its going to break but it wont.
 
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Old 09-06-2012, 05:43 PM
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The shelf and metal is flush and sealed with a black thing, there are several holes in the metal a little past the shelf but there are no tabs in it
 
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Old 09-06-2012, 06:27 PM
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Jones is right. You need to lift up on the edge of the shelf part where it meets the metal. There are 3 plastic clips holding it in place. Then lift it over the rear seat bolsters. Finally pull it toward the front of the car. It's not that bad.
 
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Old 09-06-2012, 08:08 PM
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I've tried pulling up and pulling out to no luck
 
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pop the tabs first. they are tight, dotn worry you wont break it
 
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Old 09-06-2012, 09:56 PM
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Ok I'm scared I'm going to break them because they are so tight but I'll try it. Only 1 bulb is burned out but I bought 4 replacements so I never have to do this again
 
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Old 09-07-2012, 04:25 PM
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An hour and two broken clips later I figured it out, I had to pry where the drop of was up because it hadn't been taken off in so long it was stuck, then there was two clips and it just pulled out, thanks for the help guys!
 
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