Lights meant for facelift (2009 onwards) cars are not suitable for fitment to older cars. This is a set of right and left light assemblies for the Pre-facelift S class (W221) models. The assemblies fit both long wheel base and short wheel base cars.
The units are LED and come complete and ready to use, they do not require the addition of any bulbs. After fitting, you will not get any error codes from these lights, they are plug and play for pre-facelift cars to designed to help upgrade them to look like facelift models. Because these are LED lights, they create an attractive LED pattern at night, the reverse lights are LEDs. The indicators turn on off with a modern instantaneous pattern as they are LEDs instead of bulbs. The brake lights are upgraded to LED, and there is a safety benefit to this as they will illuminate quicker than a standard bulb.Precious fractions of a second can make all the difference in an accident and could prevent a rear end collision. You will also not have the problem of tail bulbs to replace! How do I fit these? Fitment is very easy and can be done with basic hand tools. You will need an 8mm socket, a T20 torx driver, and something to pry the friction fittings that fix the boot lining.
First start by opening the boot, and removing the two rear most luggage net holder fittings on the boot trim base, using a T20 torx bit driver. The lift out and remove the boot floor. Use a safe trim remover to remove the rear panel in the boot. You can remove this by hand if you are careful. Remove the base mounted small luggage net holders on the carpet side panels, using a T20 torx driver.
There is one on each side of the boot. This is not something holding the small net on the side panel, this refers to the small plastic fitting that is intended for a boot floor net to clip to.
Remove the plastic circular trim fasteners from the carpeted boot side panels, and the rear plastic panel that surrounds the boot catch. (these are a circular 2-peice trim fitting). There are two in each of the carpet covered side mouldings (four total), and two more in the plastic boot catch panel. Carefully pry up the plastic panel that surrounds the boot catch. Be as careful as you can as to not damage the "trim trees" that hold it in; though replacement trees can be ordered if you break any.Carefully lift out the carpeted side panels on each side. Now you can remove the old lights. Unplug the electrical connector at each light. At the rear of the light, inside the boot, remove the three 8mm nuts that hold the light assembly to the car. THE LIGHT WILL BE VERY STILL TO REMOVE.
Because the holes in the car metalwork are so tight, and the studs on the lights will not be perfectly placed the plastic assembly will contract and expand due to temperature which will put varying pressure on the stud fixings. Because of this it can be difficult to remove the existing lights. Carefully tap the threaded studs at the rear of the light inside the boot. Do this very slowly and work each one out little by little.Eventually the light will be released. We recommend giving the car a clean around where the light has been removed while it is clear. IT CAN BE DIFFICULT TO ALIGN ALL THREE THREADED STUDS ON NEW LAMPS. Just like the light you have just removed, the new lamp is plastic and will contract/expand due to temperature. Due to the very small holes in the car bodywork it can therefore be difficult to get the studs on the new lights in, just like it is difficult to get the old ones out. The best way is to align just the tips of each stud into the holes, and then start to apply pressure from the light housing to put each stud in. The the studs are part way in, do not apply excess pressure to the light assembly, or thump/hammer it in the rest of the way. Instead, add all three 8mm nuts to the threaded studs, and tighten them finger tight. The use the 8mm socket to tighten them little by little, working around all three. This will pull the light in evenly. Keep doing this until the light is fully home, and the nuts are all tight.
Plug the electrical connector into the light, and repeat the above for the other side. The installation is complete, and your beautiful new LED lights will work just like a facelift car! Replace the trim in the boot in the reverse order that you removed it, this will be.
Carpeted side panels both sides first. Plastic trim piece surrounding boot latch.
Re-fit all fittings along the way. Any questions, please drop me a message - I will try to help as much as I can.