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Old 11-06-2000, 05:34 PM
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Not sure how to ask this question. The trunk light on our '92 300E stayed on and ran the battery down. Seems that the switch "hits" a little plastic thingy (that's a technical term...) that holds the trim in the trunk in, and the little thingys are missing/broken. Any idea as to where I could locate some?

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Old 11-06-2000, 05:38 PM
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You could try a boneyard, but these kinds of things are so inexpensive I'd try for a quote form the parts shop here or a dealer if they can't help you..

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Old 11-06-2000, 06:19 PM
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you could also get one form a local car stereo shop that does alarms. you'd want a "Pin Switch".

Thats what you should call that "Thingy" its a pin switch.

I'm sure a junkyard will have one, or partshop here. if you want to find something to use in its place without ordering a factory part, and aftermarket one from a car alarm installer should work.

I'm not sure but when the switch is pushed in its either an open circuit or closed(short). when it is closed , the light will go on or off, or vice versa. it depends on how its wired.

The easiest quick fix so you don't wear out the battery is to pull the trunk light bulb.

The trunk panel is secured with clips, and should not be too hard to remove, just be careful with thye clips as you can break them.

It would be a good idea to order some of these clips when you order the part just in case you break some. missing clips = rattles/improperly installed panels.

hope that helps.


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Old 11-07-2000, 09:08 AM
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Thanks, all. The switch is fine - it's the clips I'm looking for. I counted last night and of EIGHT only ONE is still there, and it's broken. I've got it in the hole where the light switch goes, so the light now works correctly. But it's only a matter of time before it pops out again...

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