3rd Brake Light Bulb Replacement on a 2017 Tesla S 90D Electric

Tesla S Model Years - 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021

1. Getting Started - Prepare for the third brake light bulb change

2. Remove Bulb - Steps to remove a burnt middle brake bulb

3. Helpful Hints - How to find third brake replacement bulb type and other hints

What would you like your bulbs to do? See Clearer Upgrade To LED HID Style

Consider a premium bulb like the Silverstar Ultra with a specially designed filament, proprietary gas mixture and lamp coating for the best downroad lighting. Learn more about Silverstar Ultra.
Upgrade your fog lights to LED with a direct install option that will connect easily to your car’s existing bulb housing. Sylvania has an option with aviation grade aluminum body and a turbo cooled fan. Check out Sylvania LEDs.
Consider a bulb like the zXe with a proprietary Xenon gas mixture to match the white light of HID lights for the brightest headlight and added clarity. More information on zXe bulbs.

4. More Info. - Additional information on center brake lights

Author

Hans Angermeier is an ASE certified Maintenance and Light Repair Technician and has produced over 100,000 videos showing drivers how to fix things on their cars. He has broad expertise on basic repair procedures covering the majority of cars on the road. Over the past 10 years, Hans has been focused on building CarCareKiosk, which is visited by millions of drivers each month.

Share on   Share on Twitter   Share on Facebook
Parts & Tools
We may earn a commission from qualifying purchases as an Amazon Associate
Video Description

The center brake light on your 2017 Tesla S, which is sometimes referred to as the third brake light or stoplight is also known as the center high mount stop lamp (CHMSL). The 3rd brake lights up when you hit the brake pedal and helps prevent you from being rear ended by the cars behind you. See how to change the center brake light (CBL) on your Tesla S in this how-to video. Be careful not to touch the bulb directly with your fingers when you replace the center brake light bulb on your S, touching the bulb causes the it to burn out quicker.

A burnt out center brake light bulb in your S is an excuse for a police officer to pull you over. Check your bulbs frequently and change burnt bulbs promptly. Sometimes the stoplight has multiple bulbs in the housing whereas in other vehicles, the 3rd brake light is an LED brake light strip that must be replaced all at once.

  • Advance Auto coupon for
    20% off entire order: KIOSK20
2014 Tesla S Electric Lights Headlight (replace bulb)

Avoid tickets and accidents with both working headlights! New bulbs are much brighter too

2017 Tesla S 90D Electric Air Conditioner Recharge Freon

If your car blows hot air when your air conditioner is turned on, try recharging the freon first

2018 Tesla 3 Electric Hoses Check Hoses

Coolant hoses wear out over time and need to be replaced - check 'em early and often

2017 Tesla S 90D Electric Coolant (Antifreeze) Add Coolant

Low coolant levels is all to common - top yours up today