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

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.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 128,157 (19,555–267,000)
7 model years affected: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, more2000, 2001, 2002
52 people reported this problem
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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
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
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
Replace the holder
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.
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.
Had to change left rear bulb a few times. Mechanic said it will go again says its an electrical problem
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.
Brake lights quit working. Modified/replaced bulb recepticals and used electrolytic grease at all connections.
Brake lights not working when pedal depressed and bas/ asr light comes on in dash. Replaced bulbs ,bulb holders ok, any suggestions
I had the wrong bulb in and I yanked it out braking the bulb holder
side break lights don't work. bulbs are good. Have to play with bulb holder
it does not work
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.
Passenger Power seat wont go back to comfortable postion
i have not fixed it yet. please help!
Circuit board burned through where bulb contact rests. Causes failure of brake lights and bulb failure message.
Had to replace tail light assembly.