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Old 08-22-2012, 10:49 AM
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My 2010 has 67k on the clock. I've had to change the third brake light three times already (this time will be the third - it just burned out again).

I don't have any signs of water infiltration in my cab, but could the light itself be getting water inside?

The only other thing I can think of is that I noticed that I have a broken ground strap - passenger side, under the exhaust manifold and toward the firewall - could that be what's causing me to go through these bulbs so often?

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Also, just noticed that the backup lights in the third brake assembly are out too, so it must be a bad connection maybe to the entire assembly? Guess I'll pull that out when I get home today. Could it be from water getting in there, or does anybody think it might be a ground issue because my ground strap is broken?
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?? every six months is normal isnt it
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I have a 2010 and at about 55k-60k miles all the sudden I had like 3 of my rear bulbs just suddenly go bad(don't remember which, but it was spread between all three lights). Seems strange...
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?? every six months is normal isnt it
Not in any vehicle I've ever owned
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at close to 70,000 miles i had to change my 3rd brake light bulb

i replaced both rear brake lights last year in July
i had to replace the right brake light again about August 14th 2012, the connector showed signs of over heating
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Also, just noticed that the backup lights in the third brake assembly are out too, so it must be a bad connection maybe to the entire assembly? Guess I'll pull that out when I get home today. Could it be from water getting in there, or does anybody think it might be a ground issue because my ground strap is broken?
someone please correct me if im wrong, but the other lights in the third assembly are ot reverse lamps...they are cargo lamps...try the switch below your headlight dial...that should turn them on.

the last itme i changed my bulb, it was shattered, and i too thought water penetration even though there was no sign of it.

but for the first time this week, ive had water on my headliner after washing the truck...the third brake light seal is notorious for water.

since i went to teh LED bulbs though, i havent had any issue with the bulbs breaking/burning out.
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ditto on stock 3rd brake light ,mine went out also 20k or so, bought a Recon smoked 3rd brake light and then your done with it. plus it's LED and looks much better
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The third brake light ( 10 model) has a tsb out to replace the lens gasket due to water infiltration, causing lights to prematurley burn out.
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I'd recommend a DIY fix, much better than what the dealer will do, will cost less than $10, will last, and takes less than 30 min:

http://ramforumz.com/showthread.php?...ght=water+leak

I think primo is right, they are cargo lights only, not reverse lights...
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