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Premium Member 2000 SLK230 Over 100,000 miles!!!
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Passanger Brake light is burned out, bulb is ok, it looks as tho the blue plastic peice, that holds the bulb, is burned.

This is the second time in 4 months this has done this.

It is only a $11 peice from the dealer but it is a MAJOR hassle to change out.

The dealer took my vin number and said there is no recall on the item or any items on my car for that matter.

Soooo, guess I will have to keep changing light sockets every few months.:soap:

At least I can keep re-using the 99cent bulb!!! :tu: :biglaugh:
 

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Founding Member #2 2008 SLK55 AMG
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I do not own a R170 but you may want to check the voltage and amp rating of the contacts that go to the blue plastic lamp holder. It may be getting more juice than it needs to and is heating up. Is the 99c bulb of the correct rating?

Also check the fuse that feeds to the rear brake lights, maybe it's faulty and allowing more than what is specified.
 

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Premium Member 2000 SLK230 Over 100,000 miles!!!
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Yep, bulb is from the dealer...checking the voltage and all is beyond my skills.:(

Thanks for the suggestions.
 

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Common fault.

There IS a recall pending in USA.

Easy to change out if you put hand thru brush slot .

Clean contacts.

Bend a little for more pressure.

Put a plastic zip tie thru base to increase contact pressure.

Dont hold foot on brake pedal, use hand brake in long stops in traffic.

White LED lamps work (lower current draw) but shine a bit pink.

Bazzle
 

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Thanks Bazzle for chiming in. Great information. :)
 

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Premium Member 2000 SLK230 Over 100,000 miles!!!
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Thanks Bazzle. I put 2 zip ties thru the base to apply pressure. reaching thru the brush slot did not work for me as I could not reach the top light bulb that route. I took the plastic away from the side and it is right there.

The bulb socket is soooo tough to remove that I have to use pliers to turn it.

I hope the recall happens soon...maybe the ties will solve the problem??? we'll see.

Thanks again,
SLKman
 
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