Brake Light Not Working Due to Melted Bulb Holder Housing on Mercedes-Benz E320

Brake lamp housings can melt, resulting in a loss of contact for the brake light bulb holder. If this happens, the brake light will not work. Replacement of the damaged lamp housing should correct this problem.

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Average mileage: 119,358 (19,555–195,234)
7 model years affected: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, more2000, 2001, 2002
37 people reported this problem
12 people shared problem details
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Rear lights kept failing. When I changed the bulb I noticed oxidation on he contact the socket. Scraped it off with a flat head screw driver. Didn't last. Just bought new socket holders which fixed it. Part number 96-02 is 2108260782, online with shipping was a few bucks cheaper for two than the local stealer + tax
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rear break light, passenger side only does not work. inspection revealed that bulb holder assembly has gotten hot and slightly melted. I intend to replace holder assembly
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Took sand paper and sanded the connections on plate where there were some build up that probably limited the electical connection. Had to do this a few times. Seems to have solved the problem.
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Passenger Power seat wont go back to comfortable postion
i have not fixed it yet. please help!
You can wiggle it and it comes back on. The loose connection has cost me 2 tickets. I need to replace the little housing that the bulb goes in I guess. I used to know when it went out because of the warning light, but I have other issues that makes that warning stay on all the time now. So it is no help to me. You have to have 2 people to be able to check if the brake lights work or not, and I don't always have someone around to check. I am going to have to order the part and repair it.
Had to change left rear bulb a few times. Mechanic said it will go again says its an electrical problem
Circuit board burned through where bulb contact rests. Causes failure of brake lights and bulb failure message. Had to replace tail light assembly.
Lamp defective warning kept coming on intermittently, finally stayed on for good. Housing had totally melted and I had to have it replaced. Cost; $150 plus labor.
Brake lights quit working. Modified/replaced bulb recepticals and used electrolytic grease at all connections.
Right rear brake light continues to burn out, have switched the bulb holder with the other side thinking that it might be the holder...its not. Any thoughts? Tom
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