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Old 01-21-2008, 02:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Inside rear mirror 'Red and Green' lights blinking

I noticedd that the 'red and green' lights underneath the inside rear mirror will blink for about 15 sec after the car is started before turning itself off. When I locked the door, these lights are also blinking until the fog and daytime lights are off.

Is this normal? I do not recall the 'red and green' light stay on for that long after starting the vehicle. They both blink at the same time!

Vehicle is 96 E320

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Old 01-21-2008, 02:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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i don't think it's normal. mine blink about 3 times (on-off), which is 3-4 seconds. they never have blinked until the fog lights turn off at night. when you turn off the car at night, before opening-closing the door, turn the key to position 2 (don't start the car again) and then off, this way you will trick the car not to turn the fog lights + parking lights on when closing the door, and see if they still blink that long. also this way you will lengthen the bulbs lifespan.
do they just blink that long only at the inside mirror, or at the driver's door handle and trunk handle also? i would call the mb dealer and see what they say.
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Thats what I thought was the case, it should stay on for just a few seconds. Now they are on for about 15 sec. The vehicle run fine, just those lights are trying to tell me something.

btw Blinking only at the inside mirror. 96 does not have door or trunk lights. Will check with the dealer tomorrow.

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Weak battery in the key triggers the flashing. I think
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When you lock the car the red light should flash a few times and when you unlock the car the green light should flash. When both red and green flash together its a warning that the system is faulty. Change the battery in the key first, as this normally fixes the problem. If that does not fix it then you will need a fault code readout As you say everything is working normally and the car locks/unlocks ok so change the key battery.
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Change the remote battery.
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Thanks. I should have thought about that. Will change the battery and see if the problem goes away. btw this problem is not happening this morning.

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Thanks. I should have thought about that. Will change the battery and see if the problem goes away. btw this problem is not happening this morning.

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I have had the same problem in my 96 E300. Here's a new kicker to the situation. Sometime my dash needles don't work when that happens. Would that have anything to do with the red/green flashers coming on for 15sec??

Take today for instance. I cranked it this morning and the flashers were on 15sec and the needles on the gauges did not work. Everything else works perfectly. But I will leave work after 8 hours and they will be working fine.

Kind of annoying, I figured it has something to do with the security system. I haven't owned long enough to figure out the kinks. Any advice?
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I don't have any problem with the dash needle. Just the lights are blinking for longer than expected. I have to change the battery first to see if the problem goes away.

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