1999 e430 brake lights - Mercedes-Benz Forum

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-05-2008, 01:50 PM Thread Starter
BenzWorld Junior Member
 
Date registered: Apr 2003
Vehicle: 1999 - E430
Location: Bethesda, MD
Posts: 5
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
(Thread Starter)
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?
PLEASE HELP!
Sandy at sdhir@shopam.com
sdhir is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-05-2008, 04:17 PM
BenzWorld Elite
 
Check Codes's Avatar
 
Date registered: Mar 2005
Vehicle: '01-E320 & 02-ST2
Location: John 15:18-19
Posts: 31,634
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 35 Post(s)
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.

Take care and enjoy the ride,
Greg

Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy; its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery. (Winston Churchill)
Check Codes is offline  
post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-05-2008, 05:16 PM
Lifetime Premium Member
 
Musikmann's Avatar
 
Date registered: May 2006
Vehicle: 2001 E320 - Brilliant Silver/Ash: 107,000+
Location: West Virginia, USA
Posts: 17,193
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 6 Post(s)
Lifetime Premium Member
Quote:
Originally Posted by gregs210 View Post
...PCB-style rear light assemblies...
Please Greg, what does PCB stand for? Thanks!

Mercedes Benz - Das beste oder nichts!
Musikmann is offline  
 
post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-05-2008, 05:22 PM
BenzWorld Elite
 
Check Codes's Avatar
 
Date registered: Mar 2005
Vehicle: '01-E320 & 02-ST2
Location: John 15:18-19
Posts: 31,634
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 35 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Musikmann View Post
Please Greg, what does PCB stand for? Thanks!
Printed
Circuit
Board

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))

Take care and enjoy the ride,
Greg

Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy; its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery. (Winston Churchill)
Check Codes is offline  
post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-05-2008, 05:37 PM
Lifetime Premium Member
 
Musikmann's Avatar
 
Date registered: May 2006
Vehicle: 2001 E320 - Brilliant Silver/Ash: 107,000+
Location: West Virginia, USA
Posts: 17,193
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 6 Post(s)
Lifetime Premium Member
Oops, I forgot about those PCBs and you're certainly right about their biotoxicity.

Mercedes Benz - Das beste oder nichts!
Musikmann is offline  
post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-06-2008, 07:19 AM Thread Starter
BenzWorld Junior Member
 
Date registered: Apr 2003
Vehicle: 1999 - E430
Location: Bethesda, MD
Posts: 5
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
(Thread Starter)
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.
sdhir is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

  Mercedes-Benz Forum > General Mercedes-Benz Forums > General Mercedes-Benz

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Mercedes-Benz Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Topic Author Forum Replies Last Post
FS: 1999 E430 wheels vince15 For Sale/Wanted/Trade/Giveaway 4 09-27-2007 01:31 AM
1999 E430 ETP General Mercedes-Benz 2 09-03-2007 11:46 AM
FS: 1999 E430 wheels vince15 W210 E-Class 0 07-12-2007 08:29 AM
FS E430 1999 Need to sell A.S.A.P arod2303 For Sale/Wanted/Trade/Giveaway 8 10-30-2005 08:55 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 

Title goes here

close
video goes here
description goes here. Read Full Story
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome