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Old 12-02-2018, 11:22 PM
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I'm sure this is a stupid question but is the high center break light on a 2003 blazer necessary? My friend keeps getting pulled over cuz hers won't work. Can she just cover it up or remove it?
 
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Old 12-03-2018, 06:23 PM
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Not sure about your question, you may have to check into your state's laws on that. Maybe call the police department/sheriff station non emergency line and inquire about it.

The light is removable. They aren't too terrible to replace, though, and you can find those led lights relatively cheap...compared to a ticket.
Two screws in the top, and the wire unclips from inside the luggage area...under the trim on the rear ceiling light, if I recall correctly.
 
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From what I understand, if a vehicle was equipped with a brake light from the factory, it us SUPPOSE to work, otherwise it is a ticketable offense. Some states/counties/cities will be more strict on it than others, especially when it comes to the 3rd brake light, but yes absolutely if it's not illuminating then an officer has every reason to issue a citation.

Older SUV's and trucks didn't all come with them. My 91 Toyota Pickup did not have a 3rd brake light on the roof. In the next couple years, Toyota stuck a 3rd brake light on the roof that stuck up and really looked like an afterthought, just to comply with newer safety standards. I for one was glad that I had one without the light lol I think they looked obnoxious on the trucks...




 

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The third brake light became Federal law in 1986 for passenger cars, and light trucks in 1994 so, yes, it must work.
 
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N. Jensen is right, the 3rd brake light is not hard to replace at all, or very expensive. Maybe $40 bucks or so at Auto Zone or a similar local parts store... It is a what I would call a" bunch of junk" as an offense but you can be written up obviously if it is not working.
 
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Originally Posted by rriddle3 View Post
The third brake light became Federal law in 1986 for passenger cars, and light trucks in 1994 so, yes, it must work.
that explains my Toyota Pickup situation lol
 
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