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Old 11-18-2017, 09:43 PM
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how do you replace the third brake light

hi I was wondering if someone could lead me to an easy way to get to my third brake light.
does anyone have instructions? I can't find a video on youtube specific to SL trunk
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It's fairly simple - just remove the paneling and it's held in from behind by two bolts. You do have to move one other part to get to it:

http://benzbits.com/R230/CenterBrakeLight.pdf
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It's fairly simple - just remove the paneling and it's held in from behind by two bolts. You do have to move one other part to get to it:

http://benzbits.com/R230/CenterBrakeLight.pdf
and put a piece of wood to hold the trunk while doing it? would you agree?

is there a picture if you don't mind sending or instructions anything to see what I am removing
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Do you mean a picture of the paneling? I was going to include that, but WIS doesn't really say anything except to remove the plastic push-pins.
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This PDF is helpful, Thank you for sharing.


Originally Posted by Rudeney View Post
It's fairly simple - just remove the paneling and it's held in from behind by two bolts. You do have to move one other part to get to it:

http://benzbits.com/R230/CenterBrakeLight.pdf
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and put a piece of wood to hold the trunk while doing it? would you agree?
With good struts the lid should be stable in any position (my experience with a car without a motorized lid).
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I have never had the third brake light off even if i took off the inside carpet so i could take off the lower half of the trunk so i could replace the "licende plate nuts" since all 4 nuts was loose and just spinning

Can you change the light bulbs on the third brake light or is it as i suppose that the hole unit that needs to be replaced when it stops working?

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I thought that it is LED assembly, so there is no easy way to replace individual lights, but I might be wrong.
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I thought that it is LED assembly, so there is no easy way to replace individual lights, but I might be wrong.
It is a row of LEDs, but it might be possible to solder in new ones of some are not working. I think you can buy a whole new assembly for just over $100.
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This was my first DIY repair the light was fairly inexpensive and it was a great tip I read here to put the convertible top down to get the leather pads out of the way and its very hard not to break some of the plastic retraining clips that hold the liner in place but overall an easy fix even for someone like myself whos not a wrench.
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Hi guys! My first post, surely not my last. I am in the process of replacing my third brake light on my R230. I removed the lid liner ok though with difficulty. I know there will be zero chance of me getting it back in the way I took it out.
So, is there a way to cycle the filler flaps on an R230 while the boot lid is open? I tried cycling the top with with the truck closed but the vano rails prevented me from removing the liner.
Thank you so much in advance?
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See attached procedure from step 16.
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