Why do my breaklights not work when I turn on headlamps? on 2000 Mercedes-Benz E430

New brake light bulbs, cleaned contacts

by in Austin, TX on March 26, 2014
2 answers 8 comments
ANSWER by on March 26, 2014
Were the bulbs working before they were changed or were they changed to try and make them work?
COMMENT by on March 26, 2014
One bulb shiwed no sign of burnt out. The other had the socket missing. Bought replacement socket from dealer and two new bulbs. Had to clean contact . After cleaning they both worked but now dont if headlamps on. Ps, thx formcontacting me. Didnt pass inspection three time n runing out of time(and patience)
COMMENT by on March 26, 2014
Make sure the power at each point has power when 1, tail lights only when they are on 2, the other is powered only when brakes are applied. Then check to see if there is a good ground to the sides of the sockets. Sound like they are feeding back to each other to find a ground, check for a good ground, not at each pin, but the case.
COMMENT by on March 26, 2014
Thx. Ill try dat n get back to u
COMMENT by on March 26, 2014
To me the grounding is the issue, make sure there is no resistance in the ground circuit, let me know, good luck
COMMENT by on March 27, 2014
Hi. It turned out tombe a combo of bad ground jn one socket n bulbs put in reverse poles. Thx again. Passed inspection sach
COMMENT by on March 28, 2014
Good job. I love it when a plan comes together. Happy motoring.
ANSWER by on March 26, 2014
Brake lights come on with brake pedal switch , parking(driving lamps) , come on with headlamps. Which are not working?
COMMENT by on March 26, 2014
Not sure what ur asking. All work but not together
COMMENT by on March 27, 2014
Tailights (parking lamps) come on with headlights (autolamp or manual) BRAKE LIGHTS are for WHEN you step on the brakes , they are brighter than the taillights even if they're the same bulb. SO what I guess I'm asking is not going to make sense. You say "all work , but not together" , Are your brake/taillight bulbs a single filament bulb that is current controlled for breaking? or are they dual filament bulbs? different troubleshooting for each system.