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    Djmcts is offline Cadillac Owners Member
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    High Mounted Stop Lamp Cracked

    The High Mounted Stop Lamp on my 2008 CTS is cracked.
    At first I saw only 1 crack then today when I was detailing the car I saw a second crack.

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    Has any one else had this problem?

    Did you replace the light? How much did it cost?

    Is there any chance for a warranty claim - extended warranty?

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    You can find a replacement on eBay. I see them all the time on there.

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    Re: High Mounted Stop Lamp Cracked

    Quote Originally Posted by Djmcts View Post
    Is there any chance for a warranty claim - extended warranty?
    Unlikely


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    I've got one if you like brand new take off.

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    Re: High Mounted Stop Lamp Cracked

    I'd take the opportunity to throw on a an extended V-style stop lamp personally. It's more spoilerish without being an actual spoiler. My two cents

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    Re: High Mounted Stop Lamp Cracked

    Thanks for the replys.

    Asked the local dealer about replacement but no go. Also they claimed that they have not replaced any of these units.

    I got a replacement one from a local wrecker for $150. Changed it out today. Found out that the cracks started at the mounting bolts so wonder if there is a defect that shows up over time. If any one else has had same problem I take this up with the dealer but it seems this is a isolated problem.

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    I'd of charged you $50 bucks. Wow.

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    Re: High Mounted Stop Lamp Cracked

    FWIW, my Cadillac dealer Svc Mgr says water leaks and lense cracks are often caused by vehicle owners using the CHMSL as a handle (pressure point) to open and close the trunk lid. So instead I now use the chromed molding above license plate to open the trunk and the righthand interior handle to close it.

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    Re: High Mounted Stop Lamp Cracked

    Yikes, I never thought about that but it does make sense. I use the CHMSL all of the time to close the trunk lid. I guess I'll find another way without getting finger prints over my clean car.

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    Re: High Mounted Stop Lamp Cracked

    Might be it was overtightened at one time to try to mitigate a trunk leak.

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