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Old 02-19-2017, 05:16 PM
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Brighter lights with new voltage regulator.

After replacing the voltage regulator in my 300SE the lights seemed to be much brighter. There wasn't much life left on the old one, I was driving on borrowed time. Am I just imagining this or is this possible?

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Old 02-19-2017, 06:22 PM
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I use the headlights as a voltage test if I don't have a meter.
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Old 02-19-2017, 06:54 PM
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I guess the lights must have slowly became dimmer over time so I didn't notice it.
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Old 02-20-2017, 12:55 AM
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just put a meter on the battery while its running. I remember when my 420 sel had a bad regulator the dash lights were super bright so I put a meter on the battery and I had something like 15 volts to the battery.
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Old 02-20-2017, 02:41 PM
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I should have tested it before hand to see the difference. The brushes were pretty much gone, pretty lucky I didn't get stranded.

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