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Old 11-30-2002, 03:46 AM
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Angry tail/brake/reverse light fiasco on w201 help

ok i have recently(two days ago ) purchased a 1988 190 e 2.3 . upon getting it home i discovered that the only lights that were working on the rear wer the brake lights (i think)the two closest to the tag .and they stay on whenever the ign. is on. as i pulled the tail light assembly out of the casing in the trunk i was shocked to see that those are the only two lights that have bulbs .

So question a. could the brake lights staying on problem be due to the no bulb problem ?brake light switch ?? the brake lights (including the third brake light) stay on unless the key is either off or in acc position.

And question b. can any body tell me which rear lights do what ? (i.e. looking at the passenger side tail light assembly from right to left the first one is the turn signal im sure.. and the clear one is the back up but what are the rest of those bulbs for ?)i only have two single filament bulbs . shouldnt there be some with two filaments?

And question c . i see the wattage for each bulb printed on the assembly but no part no . bulbs are sold by part no. does any body know what type of bulbs to look for in each location. and while im
typing if you know the bulb that goes to the vanity mirror lights on the visors that would be helpful too

thanks in advance for all your help .

Last edited by poke_smot; 11-30-2002 at 04:11 AM.
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Old 11-30-2002, 01:00 PM
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First of all, Mercedes seem to require the use of Osram lamps. At least those MB models that have an indicator for lights being out require this brand for that function to work correctly. Also, these lamps seem to last longer than other brands.

I would go to a dealership and have them give you the correct lamp for those that are missing. Admittedly, this is going to be more expensive than going to Walmarts and getting no-name lamps but at least you'll know where you're starting from.
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Old 12-01-2002, 02:58 AM
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does anybody know of a place where i can led tail lights?
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