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Mercedes-Benz ML350 The Brake Light Warning Message May Be Displayed

Mercedes-Benz ML350 Problem
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Model Years Affected: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

Average Mileage: 65,264 mi (24,000 mi - 144,000 mi)


The brake light warning message for a burned out bulb may be displayed. Our technicians tell us the tail lamp housing may melt and distort causing a poor connection at the bulb. The lamp housing should be replaced to correct this condition.

  • Visitor, , 58,000 mi

    I had the same problem as others are describing. In effort not to have to rewire the light, I dremel tooled the housing ever so slightly and embry boarded the actual socket connectors just enough to sand off any buildup. That worked for a few days. Seeing other posts about the lack of solid connection, I shimmed the connectors with a cut down piece of plastic coffee stir. One underneath, the other long ways. Laugh if you will, I have never had another problem. Worked perfectly. The best I can tell is the design does not allow solid contact over time causing the problem. Bending the connectors alone won't give the pressure to maintain the required contact. You have to shim the connectors to enable enough pressure to ensure solid contact to the housing. I also put bulb grease on the housing after cleaning it to help avoid future concern. As I say, it has worked fine ever since. Good luck!

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  • Visitor, , 52,000 mi

    mercedes sells a brake light repair kit..its like $20 bucks..all it is is a re-designed socket with a ground cable attached to it that wasnt there before...

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  • Visitor, , 39,000 mi

    Getting the Left Brake Light warning although the bulb is good. I was told the updated socket harness kit is required for both Left and Right Brake.

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  • Visitor, , 57,175 mi

    Have the same problem. My technician just check the bulb, and it is good. He told me that whole housing has to be changed, and it will cost me more than $250. I have road many comments about this problem, so it has to be recall on it. So... what can I do?

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  • Visitor, , 85,000 mi

    I am having this same problem taillamp cost 760.00 to replace both taillamp this should be a recall

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  • Visitor, , 65,000 mi

    I have exactly the same problem, very annoying!

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  • Visitor, , 72,000 mi

    bulb failure warning on and off, no fix yet

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  • Visitor, , 107,250 mi

    I am having the same problem as described by others. My brake lights show they are out and it comes and goes. It also swtiches from left to right. I have replaced both lamps and it does not correct problem. This problem should be a recall item. I had problem with a alarm showing my passenger side rear door was open and I spent $2000.00 trying to get it fixed. It turned out it was caused by a leaky gasket on the rear tail light until which let water in and shorted out a computer circuit controlling the alarm signal.

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  • Visitor, , 55,000 mi

    i have same problem too, bought two sets of bulb and replace but alway have a problem, the bulb works for a while and goes off

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  • Visitor, , 44,000 mi

    tail light sign always shows in my ML 350 2006
    the dealer said sensors need to be replaced it cost $240.00
    I haven't done that yet, I am trying to find if it is a manufacture defect.

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