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Mercedes-Benz E320 Loss of Contact for Brake Light Bulb Holder if Lamp Housings Melt

Mercedes-Benz E320 Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002

Average Mileage: 114,103 mi (80,000 mi - 152,000 mi)


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.

  • Visitor, , 125,000 mi

    Replace the holder

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  • Visitor, , 88,500 mi

    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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  • Visitor, , 80,000 mi

    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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  • Visitor, , 125,000 mi

    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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  • Visitor, , 149,844 mi

    Circuit board burned through where bulb contact rests. Causes failure of brake lights and bulb failure message.
    Had to replace tail light assembly.

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  • Visitor, , 104,000 mi

    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.

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  • Visitor, , 150,000 mi

    Brake lights quit working. Modified/replaced bulb recepticals and used electrolytic grease at all connections.

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  •  Rookie

    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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