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The radio light which illuminates the stations, etc. is out. Is this a DIY job, or something I need to get fixed at a shop?
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The radio light which illuminates the stations, etc. is out. Is this a DIY job, or something I need to get fixed at a shop?
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Easy DIY pull out the stereo with the stereo keys and replace the single light. Da End
 

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The radio light which illuminates the stations, etc. is out. Is this a DIY job, or something I need to get fixed at a shop?
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What are the radio keys? Tools used to remove the radio, if so, are these easy to find, or are you referring to something else?
Thanks, glad to know that this is DIY.
 

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What are the radio keys? Tools used to remove the radio, if so, are these easy to find, or are you referring to something else?
Thanks, glad to know that this is DIY.
Meant to say "stereo keys."
I've never pulled a radio from a Mercedes, so any pointers would be appreciated, mine is a 00 E430 original radio.
 

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Meant to say "stereo keys."
I've never pulled a radio from a Mercedes, so any pointers would be appreciated, mine is a 00 E430 original radio.
Radio keys come in a set of 2 they are what look like flat keys they are applicable when you insert them to the two rectangular holes usually on the bottom right and left corners of the unit.
 

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Radio keys come in a set of 2 they are what look like flat keys they are applicable when you insert them to the two rectangular holes usually on the bottom right and left corners of the unit.
Brandon671, Many thanks for this info., are they something I can get at any auto parts store, or is this a dealer only part, and do these "keys," come in different sizes based on the model of radio? Much appreciated since pulling a radio is new to me.
 

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Dealers sell them and you can also find them on eBay. I don't know how model-specific they are.
 

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I got a pair of them on ebay for less than the gas I would have spent driving to the dealer.

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I have had only moderate success on ebay. Can you tell me what search criteria you used on ebay to find them?
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Many thanks for the info on ebay. Just purchased the stereo keys, but it kills me that they just can't put these in an envelope and mail them for 47 cents instead of $3.00.
 

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Many thanks for the info on ebay. Just purchased the stereo keys, but it kills me that they just can't put these in an envelope and mail them for 47 cents instead of $3.00.
Welcome to supply and demand also ebay/paypal doesnt take the percentage off the shipping just the cost of the item, I consider it the cost of not having to pay $XX amount to a mechanic and learning something new

ps. dont forget the finders fee :) or the radio light you'll need
 

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Yes, supply and demand are the major ingredients of our economy. Finder fees (always welcome), are what grease the inside of our pockets to allow the money to find its way to the bottom. As for the bulb, until I've removed the radio, (my fear is it's a sealed unit) not sure how readily available these are, or if the problem is something other than the bulb. Could be bed bugs from a previous owner that removed the bulb to invade my upholstery. More to come on this saga as it unfolds.
 

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Yes, supply and demand are the major ingredients of our economy. Finder fees (always welcome), are what grease the inside of our pockets to allow the money to find its way to the bottom. As for the bulb, until I've removed the radio, (my fear is it's a sealed unit) not sure how readily available these are, or if the problem is something other than the bulb. Could be bed bugs from a previous owner that removed the bulb to invade my upholstery. More to come on this saga as it unfolds.
The bulbs are "special" I had to goto my indie to buy it after I checked the local auto parts. The indie graced me with the charge of only 3 dollars :rolleyes:
 

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Radio light

Once the radio is removed, what are the steps to replace the bulb? What wattage is the bulb? 2001 clk430..
 

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O.K. Mystery solved! The radio in my car a 2000 E430,according to BeckerAudio in Saddle Brook, NJ. is not the model that was issued with the car originally. the radio I have is a year older, probably swapped out from a 1999, in 2000 when Mercedes went to steering wheel controls, the 99 radio looks identical to the 00, but very different wiring. There is no bulb, just a LED read out. The new wiring in the 00 would not allow the 99 model to light. All else works fine, including the controls from the wheel. The correct models for the 2000 are 3309, or 6003.
I don't care if I can't see what station I'm on at night, I'll stick to CDs.
 
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