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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-05-2008, 02:50 PM Thread Starter
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Red face 1999 e430 brake lights

The "lamp defective" message comes on when I turn the car on. The passenger side twin filament tail/brake light bulb turned out to have a burned out filament Tail light) but both the brake and tail lights were not working. So, I replaced it with a new bulb. Now the passenger side tail light works but the brake light still does not.
The driver side is okay; so I switched the driver side bulb/socket assembly with the one from bad (passenger) side. The problem is still the same; i.e. the driver side is okay and the passenger side tail light works but the brake light does not.
So, it seems both the bulb/socket assemblies are okay; the problem must therefore be with the passenger side brake wire or the grounding plate.
I don't know what I should do next and how?
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Hi, Sandy, and welcome to the forum. Please take a moment to click on the user cp link and update your profile to include your car and your location. (I think you win an award, too, member for five years before the first post!!!)

If you scroll down the forums menu you'll see the sedans section, and then you'll see the W210 forum, which is specific to your chassis. In that forum you will find a bunch of stickies with all sorts of information, including issues with the PCB-style rear light assemblies and how to resolve them.

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...PCB-style rear light assemblies...
Please Greg, what does PCB stand for? Thanks!

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at least in this context, since it also can mean Polychlorinated Biphenyls, a really ugly substance you want to avoid (ATSDR - ToxFAQs™: Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs))

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Oops, I forgot about those PCBs and you're certainly right about their biotoxicity.

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iamatt deserves a medal. In his message of 5/23/08 he discovered that the brake light socket could be turned around from its normal seat to find a hot spot where the brake lights do work. After spending several hours checking various possible problems, it was turning the socket around that solved my problem. Mercedes should be congratulated on their fragile and precise design that probably makes them good bit of money selling new brake light parts and fixtures.
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