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Date registered: Sep 2009
Vehicle: 95 SL500 Emerald Green, 95 SL500 Silver, 90 300SL, 87 300E, 86 190E, 85 190E parts car, 71 250SE
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ASR, ABS, Brake lights, Roll Bar Light all at once!
Any ideas what this could be? I sure hope it's simple.
I had a right brake light out. With the car running and a block on the brake pedal I saw that it was a bad connection on the bulb. I didn't see any corrosion. I tried to bend the socket prong up a little with a peice of plastic and I saw a faint dull short. Then the brake light would not work at all. I looked at the fuses right in front of me in the trunk first and it really looked like the second one from the bottom was blown. I pulled it out to look and it was actually OK.
Somehow I knocked out the very bottom fuse and the car immediately died. I put it back in, started the car, now do not only both brake lights not work but the ASR, ABS and Roll Bar lights stay on. I tested them all and they don't work now either. Not sure about the roll bar. I have a hydraulic leak to fix on it but the light has never been on til now. The cruise control also quit working. Fuse 5 under the hood which says for brake lights, bulb control, cruise control, front roof light is not blown nor are any others blown there. The lights between the visors work if that's what they meant. All exterior lights work except the brake lights.
I'm not sure if the little short caused all of it or the bottom fuse in the trunk coming out while it was running because I didnt see the instrument panel til I restarted it. I also don't know at what point the other brake light quit working , whether it was when I shorted the other or when the fuse fell out.
Disconnecting the battery for about a minute did not help. I could try it longer.