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So my overhead lights didn't work and the sos button was jacked. Figured I'd take a look.



Anyone know what size that fuse was?


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Not a clue, but that is worrying.

That's the first console fire that I have come across.

Stumped on who could help too.

Let's see if you get replies then I'll hit the panic button.
 

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Haha. I just called those ignoramuses at "customer care". The guy gave me a lot of attitude and told me "an assistant to some assistant executive assistance assist will call you back." I asked him if I should post it on social media. Any hash tags you guys use to get the attention of our amicable corporate overlords?


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Any access to an error reader? A fuse doesn't go out because of old age. Maybe there is an error code with some clue (and isn't that the overhead lights don't work). Never seen this type of burn before ona R172 (or R171 for that matter).
 

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Any access to an error reader? A fuse doesn't go out because of old age. Maybe there is an error code with some clue (and isn't that the overhead lights don't work). Never seen this type of burn before ona R172 (or R171 for that matter).


Yeah. The error code said "FIRE".
Just kidding.
The "SOS Tele-crap is inactive" prompt came on.
Also. I'm not sure that's a fuze. I was just guessing based on its shape and location (could be a relay?) Can anyone do me a favour and get the same board out of their car and take a photo of that one little piece. I don't feel like sending mb 350$ for their own incompetence.


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:O a systematic problem!
Can't tell what that component was but that was definitely not a fuse.

FYI there have been updates to the different versions of this control unit, if going for a used module you'd like to match your options and get a newer version.

In order to narrow this down it would be helpful to know what overhead relevant options you have.
Overhead relevant options:
Magic sky roof (412)
AC (580)
Auto AC (581)
 

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I am not sure of option codes it may have code 876, I knot it originally blew fuse F18, I replaced fuse and the only thing not working is the overhead console,
 

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I downloaded codes
the ones I have that might use overhead console:
232 garage door opener, currently working
249 auto dimming mirrio
345 rain sensor
359 teleaide
551 basic antitheft
That is the list

Thanks
 

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Nothing too special on the options, regardless you likely need a new module. If you want help determining your part number you can post your VIN.
 

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Just had the same issue.

Hazard warning light malfunction was the warning.
Fuse 18 had blown, replacing it just blew again.
All buttons on lower console, airscarf etc were dead, eco stopped working and interior lights stopped working.
Diagnostic port was dead too...

MB repaired under warranty. Exact same board failure.

had noticed a funny smell in the car, so was going to change the pollen filter, smell was charred components.

Regards

Bob
 

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Just had the same issue.

Hazard warning light malfunction was the warning.
Fuse 18 had blown, replacing it just blew again.
All buttons on lower console, airscarf etc were dead, eco stopped working and interior lights stopped working.
Diagnostic port was dead too...

MB repaired under warranty. Exact same board failure.

had noticed a funny smell in the car, so was going to change the pollen filter, smell was charred components.

Regards

Bob
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Bob,

I've had exactly the same fault on my 2012 SLK 250 cdi. It was due a service and the week before it want in the fault "Hazard Warning Lights Malfunction" came on the dashboard. As it was going in I asked Mercedes to investigate, thinking a blown fuse. They did and charged me over £1000.00 to investigate and rectify the fault. They simply changed the whole centre unit.

I note that you managed to get yours done as a warranty issue and wondered if you wouldn't mind telling me which dealership it was and did they offer any resistance at all?

Many thanks

Peter
 

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Just to add my SLK to the list with this problem. I have a 2012 SLK 200 petrol. First sign was the "Hazard Warning Lights Malfunction". I then noticed it wasn't just the hazard warning lights that didn't work it was all switches on that row. All the overhead buttons (lights, Magic sky) had stopped working. Fuse 18 was blown which I replaced and it blew again straight away. I contacted Mercedes who said they were sorry to hear about this problem but it wasn't subject to recall and not covered under warranty. Replacement part is £350 plus labour so roughly £500 I expect. I Contacted Dronsfield about a second hand replacement part, they quoted £120 plus delivery plus VAT. This seemed a lot of money for a used part that I wasn't 100% sure was the right part for my car and might have the same defect. Disappointed in Mercedes response to this issue.
 

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Paul
Do you have a current MB Warranty Policy?
If so I suggest you go back to your Mercedes dealership re Warranty.
Items don’t need to be subject to recall to be covered by Warranty. I know Warranty cover has changed this year but check your Warranty Policy statement. Electrical items used to be fully covered for failure. Be polite but insistent and don’t hesitate to escalate to MB UK HQ in Milton Keynes If the Dealership won’t accept liability.
If you dont then I’m not surprised they won’t cover it, it’s eight years old after all!
Good Luck
TonyS
 

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Paul
Do you have a current MB Warranty Policy?
If so I suggest you go back to your Mercedes dealership re Warranty.
Items don’t need to be subject to recall to be covered by Warranty. I know Warranty cover has changed this year but check your Warranty Policy statement. Electrical items used to be fully covered for failure. Be polite but insistent and don’t hesitate to escalate to MB UK HQ in Milton Keynes If the Dealership won’t accept liability.
If you dont then I’m not surprised they won’t cover it, it’s eight years old after all!
Good Luck
TonyS
Hi Tony, service plan but no warranty. It's booked in with Mercedes to be fixed. £468 including labour & VAT.

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Had my control panel replaced by Mercedes, now £486 lighter of pocket. I have attached pictures including picture of the circuit board where it is scorched in one area. Another picture hopefully shows the part number for the damaged part. Last picture is serial numbers on a box for the replacement part. To confirm my car also had the Magic Sky switch.

Dronsfield did say they had a car coming and I could buy the control panel off that for £120 plus delivery plus VAT but I ended up going with Mercedes. Cost a lot more but I knew for certain it was the correct part, it was new, would come with warranty and they fitted it.

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Just had same panel replaced on mine for £450 by specialist - seems a more common issue than you think
 
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