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Hello all,

I've got one of those simple jobs that is quickly turning into a major production. The issue: the driver side rear license plate lamp (left hand drive) doesn't work. On inspection it's not a burnt bulb or a corroded contact, it's that the hot wire to the lamp bracket has become detached. It's a simple soldering job to fix, except that Mercedes has provided zero slack in the wire to pull it out of its recess, and I can't get in there with my soldering iron without risking damage to the chrome trim right next to it. The solution would be to remove the whole lamp wiring harness, which connects both lamps to a connector on the passenger side lamp assembly, except I can't figure out how to do this. It doesn't look like the harness is accessible from inside the trunk no matter how many panels are removed, it looks like it is held in by the exterior chrome trim piece beneath the trunk lid, the piece that has the hole in it for the trunk lock. But how on earth do I remove it? EPC and the usual forum searches haven't helped. Can you?

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Tom
 

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You have to remove all the chrome trim where they are mounted. Discussed in February Removing Chrome Trim - How? The wiring comes out attached to the center piece.
 

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Thanks rowdie, found it and read it! To save me some (more) guesswork, could you give me an idea where to look for the two screws that hold each side trim piece in place, and what I need to remove to access them?

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The nuts on the side pieces are visible above the tail light housings. The center piece nuts are accessed through holes. To get to them and the lock clip you have to pull the carpet down.
 

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The nuts on the side pieces are visible above the tail light housings. The center piece nuts are accessed through holes. To get to them and the lock clip you have to pull the carpet down.
Rowdie, just one more question before I dive in, if you don't mind - do the tail light lenses need to be removed?

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I don't think you need to remove the tail lights @benzineer , the nuts holding the chrome trims in place are separate. You do need to pull down the carper on the rear wall, if I recall correctly the nuts are size 10 and you need a deep socket to access them.
 

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Thanks for the info, miko1ai, and sorry for the late reply. The weather has turned cold here again, too cold to work in my unheated garage, so I've been forced to take a break. I've also decided to clean the chrome trim while it's off, so I've ordered some light metal polish that will take a few days to arrive. This project just keeps on growing!

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Heh, no worries Tom - I know that feeling of "scope creep" all to well!
 

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That's good to know, rowdie, when I get back into it after the weather here warms up. Thanks!
 

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Well that was an insane amount of work to fix one broken license plate lamp, but the job is done. Thanks to rowdie and miko1aj for the useful tips!

Tom
 
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