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2018+ Kia Forte Brake Light (Center) Trunk Replacement

In this guide, you will learn how to replace Center High Mount Stop Lamp, CHMSL for short on Kia Forte. It may also be called center brake lamp, high-level or eye-level brake lamp, cyclops brake light, third brake light or safety brake lamp.

 2018+ Kia Forte Brake Light (Center) Trunk Replacement
ESTIMATED TIME 40 mins - 1 hour
DIY COST $ 50- 120
DIFFICULTY Easy

What you will need

Procedure

  1. Open the trunk by pulling the trunk release on the left side of the driver's footwell. 
  2. Remove the eight push clips on the trunk shield by pulling them using a flat screwdriver.The location of the eight push clips on the door trunk shield.

     

  3. Pop out the handle on the trunk shield by pulling it using a pick tool.Pulling the handle on the trunk shield out.

     

  4. Remove the two screws inside the handle by turning them counterclockwise using a Philips screwdriver.Removing the screws inside the door handle of the trunk.

     

  5. Pull the trunk shield out from the vehicle.Pulling the trunk shield out of the vehicle.

     

  6. Remove the nine 10mm bolts holding the inner tail light and center brake lamp by turning them counterclockwise using a 10mm socket to remove the bolts.Removing the nine 10mm bolts holding the inner tail light and center brake lamp.

     

  7. Disconnect the electrical connectors of the inner tail light and center brake lamp. Press on the clip and pull the connector out to disconnect.Disconnecting the electrical connectors of the inner tail light and center brake lamp.

     

  8. Press and pull out the rubber grommets on the cables of the inner tail light and center brake lamp.Pressing and pulling out the rubber grommet of the cables.

     

  9. Remove the driver's and passenger's side inner tail light assembly out from the vehicle.Pulling the inner tail light assembly out of the vehicle.

     

    Pulling the inner tail light assembly out of the vehicle.
  10. Press on the clip and push it to pop out the center brake lamp.The clip that holds the center brake lamp.

     

  11. Pull the center brake lamp out of the vehicle.Removing the center brake lamp of the Kia Forte.

     

  12. Feed the cable of the new center brake lamp into the trunk.Inserting the cable of the new center brake lamp of the Kia Forte.

     

  13. Line up the new center brake lamp to the vehicle and press it in to set it into place.Installing the new center brake lamp of the Kia Forte.

     

  14. Reinstall the inner tail lights back on the vehicle.Installing the new inner tail light assembly of the Kia Forte.

     

    Reinstalling the inner tail light assembly of the Kia Forte.
  15. Reinstall the nine 10mm bolts holding the inner tail light and the center brake lamp.
  16. Reconnect the electrical connectors of the inner tail light and the center brake lamp.Reinstalling the bolts and reconnecting the electrical connectors of the inner tail light and center brake lamp.

     

  17. Line up the trunk shield back to the vehicle. Then reinstall the screws and push clips to set it into place.Reinstalling the trunk shield back to the vehicle.

 

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