what would cause the dashboard display to black out? on 2002 Mercedes-Benz S430

my dashboard display blacked out and now the transmission is locked in park.how can i solve this problem

by in Yemassee, SC on June 28, 2010
3 answers 1 comment
ANSWER by on June 28, 2010
This is an electrical issue that needs to be looked at by someone with the proper tools, equipment and knowledge to diagnose an electrical problem on a Mercedes, so I advise taking it to a Mercedes shop: http://repairpal.com/directory?address=29945&car_brand_names=Mercedes-Benz
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COMMENT by on June 28, 2010
thank you. thats what ill do
ANSWER by on October 01, 2010
dont know but mine went out a few months ago. there has been a lot of recalls on this and it was covered at the dealership.
ANSWER by on March 09, 2011
2002 S430 had a recall on the instrument assembly becuase of the back light would fail. This could be unrelated but if it turns out to be the assembly it should be replaced free of charge. I believe the recall is good for 10 years so it should still be covered.