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Old 09-09-2012, 02:22 AM
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1995 MB e300d Dashboard bulb with exclamation sign

Just bought this beauty and last night when I turned the headlights on this symbol- a light bulb with an exclamation sign- came on in my dashboard lights Upon looking around the vehicle for dead exterior lights/bulbs I coud not find any of them not working.....I am still scratching my head!! Help please?!!!Do not know if this is a small or big issue.
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Old 09-09-2012, 02:54 AM
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If the warning light is only on when the park or headlights are on, it's one of those circuits. If the warning light stays on even if you turn off the park and headlights, it's the brake lights at fault.

For park you have front corners, rear corners, tail lights and license plate lights; two bulbs per. It's typical for a rear corner bulb to not illuminate because of a poor design on the bulb holder. For headlights you have the headlights (duh!). For brake lights there are the pair of brake lights in the tail light cluster and the center brake light in the cabin.

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Old 09-09-2012, 06:14 AM
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When does the warning illuminate?
-- When turning on parking lights (one click to right)
-- When turning on headlights (two clicks to right)
-- When pressing on brake
-- When using turn signals
That will help you to know which bulbs to check. You may have to remove each bulb in turn, checking for corrosion of the base or the socket, loose connections, disconnected filaments, etc.


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Old 09-09-2012, 09:15 PM
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The circuit also will trip if the two small side marker lights on the rear light assembly are not working. It will also trip if the license plate lights are out.
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