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Old 03-26-2008, 07:28 AM
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1999 E320 Brake Light mystery

My driver side brake light was out, I looked at the bulb which was fine, switched the passenger side with drivers side, didn't work...monkeyed arond with it, took the directional bulb out, put the brake bulb back in, it worked, but the directional bulb doesn't work, giggled the brake light bulb, the directional works but the brake doesn't htis is a huge mystery...anyone have an idea what is going on here?
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Old 03-26-2008, 08:06 AM
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Common problem. Every couple of years I need to find the "sweet spot" to make the bulb work. A search will yield some fixes others have used like building up the contact area, etc. For me it's just easy enough to play with the bulb a bit until it finds the spot it likes.
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Old 03-26-2008, 08:42 AM
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Haru, inspect the base of the bulb. Sometimes they develop flat spots ... like someone used a file on the base. Replacing the bulb should resolve the problem.
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Old 03-26-2008, 12:28 PM
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I replace lots of taillamp lenses due to problems like this. If you remove the bulb and look closely at the contact area between the bulb socket and lens, you'll probably find that it's melted, causing a distortion of the contact surface.
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Old 03-26-2008, 06:54 PM
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I took a Weller soldering iron and built up the contact area with solder. I don't believe that the new lens assemblies have been improved to prevent this from happening again.
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