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Third (high) brake light housings may melt on Mercedes-Benz E300

Problem Description and Possible Solution
The third (high) brake light housings melt, resulting in a loss of electrical contact for the light, which stops working. A complete housing (contacts and lens) is needed to repair the problem. On certain vehicles, if this happens, the anti-lock brake system will not function. The brakes will work in normal mode, but not provide the ABS control.
Problem Data
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Average mileage: (–)
4 model years affected: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999
5 people reported this problem