Problem Description and Possible Solution
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: 130,385 (19,555–267,000)
45 people reported this problem
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
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 the car 5yrs, brake lights out every other year, quick fix $30 twice at local mechanic lasts about Month. Benz dealership $ 600 lasted a year and a half.