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Old 02-13-2000, 08:33 PM
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I had asked about the dimming headlight on my 89 300e, and you had told me that it was due to a melting plug housing. You were in fact right and today when i went to go check on it the middle of it was basically melted like a candle. I dont know why this is happening since the 45/65w bulbs are running are factory wattage. Its probably due to my stupid self driving 200 miles 2 weeks ago with the high beams on the whole time. But my question is, is it possible to replace the plug housing on my own without any risk of frying myself or messing up the system. It looks relatively simple and i dont want to bring it to the mercedes dealer down here since they are the ones that charged me $55 bucks for an oil change. Also, can i get the plug housings through partshop? Thanks alot and i appreciate the excellent advice you give.

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Old 02-13-2000, 09:17 PM
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You can go to NAPA or just a parts house (except pep boys) and tell them the type of bulb and get the new housings with a small length of wire on them. You are dealing with a small voltage, so you can touch the bare wire without bodily damage. You have to solder the wires on though in the right order...

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Old 02-13-2000, 10:35 PM
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thanks benzmac....since soldering is required im just gonna bring it to a reputable mechanic down here...jus one more question hard is the exhaust mounting bracket, located under the fron passenger side door, to replace? for some reason it rattles now, and upon inspection i can see that the left bolt/nut is bent (for reasons i will attribute to my reckless driving sometimes)...can i jus purchase the bracket for about 15 bucks from impco and then have a muffler shop replace it..or should i bring it to the dealer? once again, thanks for all the help..

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