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2004 SLK 230 problem: BAS/ESP light on; shifter stuck in park


I have a 2004 SLK 230, 40K miles. While driving, a BAS/ESP light came on. Next morning, couldn't shift out of park. Brake lights don't work when the brake pedal is depressed. Car is undriveable, stuck in the garage.

MB shop told me to have it towed because it could be "a variety of serious problems".

I received some sensible advice here to pull and reinstall a stop lamp switch as an easy remedy. Problem is, I don't have a service manual, and don't have any schematics for removing under-dash covers and getting to the switch. Tried to look for the switch this morning, and failed miserably. Plastic covers go all the way to the floor, it seems.

To your knowledge, are all SLK stop light switches similar? There was a stop lamp switch schematic in the forum, and I wonder if the adjustment procedure is the same for all SLKs (unplug S9 connector, press S9b catch, pull pin S9a all the way out, reinstall). Should I get a new part, or clean and reinstall the old one?

Also, couldn't find any fuses for the traction system in the fuse box. Could it be a blown fuse, and if so, which fuse do I need to inspect?

Your advice is greatly appreciated. Certainly don't want to have this towed.

Thanks, and best regards,

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Hi, Russ.

The switch is very cheap, even at the dealer only about $20, and they fail more often than they should. So I'd say don't try adjusting, etc., just replace the thing. That should resolve both issues.

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The brake switch is located close to the top of the brake pedal. You will have to remove a small plastic access cover to get to it. Once you find the switch, depress the brake pedal & notice if the switch plunder moves. If it does not, try to move the plunger by hand to free it. They get stuck in the off position. This has happened to me a few times, so I keep the plastic access window off so I can free the switch if needed.

You can also attempt to free the jammed switch by "snapping" the brake pedal -- depressing it and than sliding your foot off to one side.

One other thing to note is that the transmission can be switched into gear by inserting a pen into a small access hole located right next to the shifter. This emergency procedure is explained in the Owner's manual.

Good luck.

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Just wanted to say that this post was quite the lifesaver!! Only had my 2004 SE SLK for a couple weeks and was on vacation. Went to get back in my car and could not get it out of park, then noticed the BAS light on. Thank God for the iphone & you folks!!

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Originally Posted by Becky59 View Post

Just wanted to say that this post was quite the lifesaver!! Only had my 2004 SE SLK for a couple weeks and was on vacation. Went to get back in my car and could not get it out of park, then noticed the BAS light on. Thank God for the iphone & you folks!!

Glad you fixed it. I had the same issue a few years ago on my SLK 230 and replaced that brake switch! Cheers

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