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Old 10-21-2011, 01:34 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Had similar situation on my 88 W126. The brake indicator was on and battery light was on as well. Turned out the burned diodes in the alternator. If you look at schematics the "blue" thin wire from the alternator goes to the instrument cluster and connects to battery light on one side. There is also a wire from the battery that connects to the same light.

What happens is when the voltage from the battery is greater than the voltage from the alternator, said voltage "pushes through" the blue wire voltage and to the ground thus lighting the lamp. When the alternator voltage is higher it holds the voltage from battery "at bay" and thus the lamp does not light up.

There are supposed to be diodes that prevent the current from jumping from main wire from the alternator to the battery to the blue line. However, if the diodes are busted you'll have a current leak into the blue wire when car is not running. Because of that all kinds of lights can light up if there is current going from blue wire into the instrument cluster because there are no diodes there and they share some connections.

I've written up my findings in http://www.benzworld.org/forums/w126...t-tracing.html

Hopefully all above makes sense.
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Old 10-24-2011, 01:45 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by augapfel View Post
.....Part number???
The part is aftermarket and i don't think Mercedes sells that part. Il try to find out the brand and I'll get back to you.

@ larrypayne - I don't know why the wear is unequal but it is consistent with what happens also on our W123 300D.

@ Zeitgeist - Thanks... ridiculously big for this job though.

@ russianwol - Thanks for the extra info. Fortunately, the diodes seem ok. What a dream of a car that 126 of yours btw!
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