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Driver Side Parking Lights staying on

Just got a 2005 C230 and after a couple of days of driving it i noticed last nite that that driver side parking lights are staying on. Any thoughts/ideas..........................

I do have 30 days to take it back to the dealer and get it looked at/repaired, but i was just wondering if anyone might know what the problem might be

any help would be greatly appreciated.
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You havent turned the switch back one turn to many, that puts the divers side parking light on??
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a couple DD's who've driven me home after a night on the town have done this as well. The knob one click from center engages those lamps, eventually draining the battery as once in my case, lol.

I figure the feature is similar to hazard lamps - no clue it's use otherwise. Someone please "enlighten"
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If you haven't turned the switch back one click from center, it's either the headlight switch or the front SAM causing the problem. Both are fairly expensive but easy to replace.
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I figure the feature is similar to hazard lamps - no clue it's use otherwise. Someone please "enlighten"
I tend to think this feature is more for illumination purposes while unloading groceries or whatever you might be doing that requires some extra light at night.
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No, this is a "parking light" feature to illuminate only one side of the car while you are parking (depending on the side you are parking) to alert other drivers that your vehicle is where it is. Its popular in Germany; I have used it when I was the first parked car after you turn a corner, for instance.
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Hmm... Interesting, I was wondering what the actual use of this feature was.
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Hmm... Interesting, I was wondering what the actual use of this feature was.
parking on streets that are not lit.
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Driver Side Parking Lights staying on

Whilst this is a desirable feature to allow you to turn the parking lights on for one side only, especially for Europe with its narrow roads, that seems to be a flaw with many Mercs and not just mine and it is not always the driver having switched them on by mistake:

I drive into the dark garage during the day, the "courtesy lights" come on and they look like standard driving lights, those driving lights go off after a few minutes BUT while the light switch is on zero AND if I am unlucky the RH parking lights come on later on to empty the battery, nasty! Suggestions here seems to be the faulty light switch or driver side fuse/relay box (SAM), both a dear solution.

From memory, it has been suggested rain may have entered the SAM?? Any idea what in the SAM does that evil thing so I can fix it? Or if it is easy to change the light switch?

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My lights would turn on at random times with the switch in the off position. This would drain the battery and trigger an airbag warning due to low voltage. I looked at several potential sources for the problem. One of my diagnostic techniques included disconnecting the headlight switch every time I parked for more than a few minutes. Since the problem didn't happen with the light switch disconnected, I was fairly confident that the problem was due to a defective light switch. I replaced the light switch assembly in November, and I haven't had the problem since I replaced the switch.

Because the price of the switch at the dealer was about the same as an on-line seller after factoring in shipping, I bought the replacement part at the dealer. The parts specialist told me it was a common problem with the W203, and a service representative within earshot confirmed that guidance. I haven't been able to find that information on any of the forums, so you will need to reach your own conclusion.

If I had it to do over again, I would clean the switch with electrical contact cleaner before replacing the switch.

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