Can someone please help me to replace a licence plate bulb.
I`ve been told to do it from the inside but I don`t want to damage anything.
Some pics or a video may help as well.
Seasons greetings to one and all.
You do not have to replace them from the inside. Its 2 screws on each plastic cover to the left and right of the license plate. At least thats the way it is in the US. This would also be a good time to look into no fault LED replacements.
I`ve managed to release the obstinate bolts on the right and left hand side of this unit but there is this silver stud in the middle which I don`t know how I can release.
Please can I have some more help to complete the bulb change.
My thanks to slk320chick for the help and the pics.
Her is my pic to help to understand what I`m asking.
Regards to all,
Sorry the pic has disapeared. I`m chasing it up.
There is a silver stud in the middle of the light nacelle holding the whole assembley in (or seems to be)
IIRC it is also different for UK-spec. R171 as far as the rear license plate illuminators are concerned, it requires an approach from the inside of the trunk/boot lid and involves removal of the inner plastic trim of the trunk/boot lid.
Got any good photos of the clips-of-interest? Commonly with MB they are compression type plastic anchors. In the R171, one uses a small flat head screwdriver to lift the central "pin", this releases the compression and the rest can be lifted straight out.
Try a search of the install of the R171 3rd brake light to get an idea.
I`ve managed to remove the internal studs see pic.
Quite easy really but the fitting of the bulb was finicky and I think I fused it when fitting because they are both out now.
I`m gonna leave it for a while as I got a little frustrated.
At 67 years old I don`t find it to much fun sat in the boot in the freezing cold.
I`ll get back later.
The removal of the internal plate is done by removing the centre pin then the outside retainer I used the shown special tool to perform this stage of the process thereby not doing any damage.
All I gotts do now is find where the appropriate fuse is.
Happy New year to all.