Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: Western Colorado
Vehicle: 2002 SLK230 Kompressor
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New mirrors and puddle lights wired in and working
With much dread, after reading all the comments aboutproblems created by trying to do anything electrical on MB vehicles, and nothaving any real knowledge of electronics, I disregarded all the warnings andjust went for it. Mind you, if I can do this, I am sure most anyone can.
I was going to do a post in the DIY section, but I haveproblems getting the pictures to download where and when I want them to, so I amjust giving you an idea. If anyone has a specific question, I will do what Ican to help.
First of all, my Kompressor, needed the body of the mirrorsreplaced. Since I decided to do this, I upgraded to the newer style arrowmirrors, and while I was at it decided to go with puddle lights which mine lacked.
I found guagetuner on E-bay, (which I ran across on someother forum), and for under $200 was able to get a set, and by giving them thecolor code with the order they were color matched for me at the same price.
I removed the original mirrors, the door panels, the frontpillar post covers, the overhead cover along with the dome light assemble, thedoor sill covers and finally the kick panels on each side.
Not having puddle lights on the car originally, meant I hadto determine a way to wire puddle lights into the system. I determined thatthere should be a way to wire into the dome light, so they would go on with thefob, or opening the door, and fade out after 30 seconds like the dome lightdoes.
I ran a set of leads from both puddle lights, fishing themthrough the wiring boot in each door, from the kick panels up to the pillars,and across the front top to the wiring for the dome light. I then soldered the leadsfrom each light together to make one continuous loop. Then I splice this loopinto the wires that went into the plug, using wire #3 as ground, and wire #4 aspositive (my dome light plug used ports 1-4 only on the plug).
When I tested it by opening the doors it would fade out, itwould only go on and after 5 minutes the battery protection shut it and thedome light off. So before I gave up, I tried mounting the dome light back tothe roof with the two screws, and that solved everything. Don’t ask me why, orhow, because I do not see any way the screw act as a ground because the entirehousing is plastic, but I really didn’t care, I just know it works.
I buttoned up all the covers, checked again, and am ready toroll. One thing I did run into was the BAS ESP warning light stayed on, but Ifound in the forums that if you start the car and turn the wheels lock to lock,it resets it. I tried it, it worked, and nothing is smoking on the car, so allis good.
I will try to get as many pics in as I can figure out.