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Rear Brake light

The near side (passenger side on a UK RHD) brake light has stopped working on my wife's owned-from-new '99 R170 230 SLK.

I have removed the first aid kit to get access to the bulbs, but the law-of-sod means that I can remove all the bulb holders easily, except the brake light one which is stuck fast - Not helped by the fact that you can only get two fingers on it.

I guess I am going to have to remove some boot trim to get better access. But I don't know M-B's and it is all so neat and tidy down there that i don't want to unscrew, lever, push an pull at random. So pointers would be welcome. I would hate to have to take it to the stealers to change a bulb.

(I have read that there is a recall on the light, was this in the UK and, I suspect has long since expired anyway?)

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Welcome from NE England. The rear light assy recall applied to all SLKs throughout the world. Can you remember if yours was changed. Basically the bulb holders used to over heat - it sounds like this might have happened to yours. Perhaps the easiest way to repair it might be to take the whole of the rear light assembly out.



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Thanks for the welcome guys.

The AA and .Gov sites are only showing 1 recall for the SLK and that has nothing to do with rear lights.

How does one remove the rear light? there are 3 bolts, but it is not clear as to whether these are for the rear light or if they are, whether there are any other attachments. In the absence of any manuals I'd rather not go blundering about.

Ho Hum, nothing is straight forward.
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Yes there is a recall http://www.benzworld.org/forums/r170...ericanpie.html
you need to contact you local MB dealer and find out if it was done.
I have the same problem replacing the rear lamps, so I have my girlfriend do it.
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Yes there is a recall http://www.benzworld.org/forums/r170...ericanpie.html
you need to contact you local MB dealer and find out if it was done.
I have the same problem replacing the rear lamps, so I have my girlfriend do it.

That thread would seem to confirm that there was not a recall here - we probably do not sue enough.

Don't think my wife will be able to turn it. My fingers and wrist is still aching from this mornings attempt at undoing the little devil

i will give the Stealer a bell on Monday but do not hold out much hope. But at least I have found out how to remove the light - it is just the 3 bolts.
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Jerseyman,

I had the same problem with my 2000 230 and it was only(finally) fixed with the recall replacement done at no cost WELL after warranty was gone. Though there may be no NHTSA oversight where you are, I can't believe any MB dealer would refuse the fix. It is, after all, a fire hazard. Good luck. Report back, please.
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OK Just spoken to the dealer and he looked it up on the Mercedes system and said that there is no recall for brake lights on R170's in the UK.

I have ordered a new plastic basket (about £4.50) and after I have refitted that I will research replacing the incandescent lamp with LED's.

Thanks for all the help

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