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Question R171 3rd Brake Light Bulb Replacement Question

During my last storage start-up, I had a 3rd Brake Light Bulb Out Message. I have John's 3rd Brake light flashing unit installed and need to ensure it is properly installed and/or if the toggle switch was changed or turned it off completely??? I only have tail lamp brake lights... My assumption is a burned out bulb.

I have searched but could not identify if there is a part number for the 3rd Brake Light bulb for a US SLK55? I believe John's unit is compatible with LED lighting and normal auto light bulbs? If so, does someone know a LED bulb and supplier for the AMG 3rd Brake Light Bulb?
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John's 3rd brake light module is compatible with both LEDs and incandescent lamps although the 3rd brake light is LED.

You may want to disconnect and re-connect the plugs to the original and see if the 3rd brake light works (perhaps with the aid of a mirror or an assistant).

If the unit (3rd brake light) is bad, IIRC, the whole thing needs replacement. Do a search on the thread on changing out the 3rd brake light to AMG ones, there may be a part number in that thread.

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Chicky, that item number is for the entire 3rd Brake Light Assembly. The OP would like just the BULB that goes into that assembly.

Matton, whilst I don't know that number, if you are in need of an entire assembly in RED (not the smoked AMG version) I have two in my garage that I will sell you very cheap. Just let me know.

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Chicky, that item number is for the entire 3rd Brake Light Assembly. The OP would like just the BULB that goes into that assembly.

Matton, whilst I don't know that number, if you are in need of an entire assembly in RED (not the smoked AMG version) I have two in my garage that I will sell you very cheap. Just let me know.

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Per Eddy - and I concur - there's no such thing as a replacement light source for these things. If it's broken, it's gonna need to be replaced as a whole. It would be pretty unusual for the LED to be broken though. Those things last forever. More likely a loose connection or somesuch.

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Per Eddy - and I concur - there's such a thing as a replacement light source for these things. If it's broken, it's gonna need to be replaced as a whole. It would be pretty unusual for the LED to be broken though. Those things last forever. More likely a loose connection or somesuch.
Matton, better yet if it's a red one that you are wanting to replace. One of the high brake lights that I have is brand, spanking new and never used. It was sent in error when I had requested the ///AMG tinted version. Lazy me, I never sent it back for credit. So, if you want a deal, you can have that or the original red one that is practically new that came off my car.

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Looks like you can get one on line for $112.
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Hey Matton - absolutely disconnect the flasher module as a test - I've only had one other fail, but......

As others have said, on the R171 there is no concept of a "bulb" - it's a strip of LED's and they are sold as a complete assembly...



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Update : Pulled trim panel from trunk and reinstalled John's 3rd Brake Flasher unit and the unit now works. Thanks again for your inputs. Now, need to replace a burnt out parking light bulb with ones purchased from the SLK Store.....
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