Also check the tag lights. They can go out and you not notice. There are two and if one goes out, you can go nuts trying to find the darn burned out light, cause it is hard to see just one light out on the tag.
RE: Do a search, there are many threads.............
Yeah, I'm on my third set of lights. Think I'm gonna get some off of e-bay and modify with led lights plus resistors....that way there won't be enough current to arc those suckers and ruin another set.
The ultimate fix is to replace the light assembly. Some have fixed it with a little conducting grease. Once the board in the light assembly is toast, you have to replace the assembly to fix the problem.
I was trailing another SLK230 today and the first time he applied his brakes, only the high center and right brake light came on. At the next traffic light, only the left brake light and high center light came on. For the finale, at the next light, only his high center light came on. I gave some consideration to flagging him down and telling him what was happening, then he turned off onto a different road and was gone. I wondered if he had any idea what was going on with his tail lights.
Well, it finally happened to me! I had noticed for a few weeks now the 'warning bulb out' light would come on intermittently yet when I checked all the exterior lights they all appeared to be functioning normally. I was aware of this issue so after a few days of monitoring the brake lights, I noticed that the passenger brake light was a few milliseconds slower and less bright than the driver side light. I took the taillamp housing out and sure enough, the blue bulb holder was stuck solid to the housing like someone superglued the damn thing. The area aroung the grid had melted slightly and there was barely any contact between the bulb holder and the grid. A minor set back - the taillamp housing costs $103 at the local dealer and they stock it too, so go figure.
My question is this: Does anyone know if the design was improved for later model SLKs, say post-2001? Considering my car is 6 yrs old now with 60,500 miles I wouldn't mind freshening up the look of it with the newer style taillamp housing from the facelift SLK . . .
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