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: 130,385 (19,555–267,000)
7 model years affected: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, more2000, 2001, 2002
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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
2001 Mercedes-Benz E320 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
2002 Mercedes-Benz E320 125,000 mi,
Replace the holder
1996 Mercedes-Benz E320 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
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.
2001 Mercedes-Benz E320 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.
2002 Mercedes-Benz E320 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.
1997 Mercedes-Benz E320 150,000 mi,
Brake lights quit working. Modified/replaced bulb recepticals and used electrolytic grease at all connections.
1997 Mercedes-Benz E320 267,000 mi,
side break lights don't work. bulbs are good. Have to play with bulb holder
2002 Mercedes-Benz E320 245,521 mi,
it does not work
1998 Mercedes-Benz E320 122,000 mi,
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.
2002 Mercedes-Benz E320 127,000 mi,
Passenger Power seat wont go back to comfortable postion
2001 Mercedes-Benz E320 19,555 mi,
i have not fixed it yet. please help!
Had to change left rear bulb a few times. Mechanic said it will go again says its an electrical problem
2001 Mercedes-Benz E320 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.