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  1. p3tchy

    p3tchy Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    I've retro fitted some genuine CLK Xenon headlights to my 209.

    With just the ignition on all works fine, Had everything on to test. Turn the engine on (running) and the dipped beams both flicker and switch off. I have swapped the bulbs out with some spares I had and still exactly the same. if the lights are off and the engine is running, No flicker. Switch them on, they flicker and die. Same every time except maybe 2 or 3 attempts where they would stay alive for 30 seconds but still turn off in the end.

    Suggestions please, I really don't fancy taking the bumper off again.

    Oh I've also plugged an Autologic in and there's no option to add xenon in the lighting.
     
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    Pretty sure they have to be enabled in star.
     
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    yes, they need to be enabled in star as they draw less juice so the blown bulb detection system gets confused
     
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    Is it a quick thing to do or would it need to be booked in?
     
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    It is quick for someone that knows what they are doing.
    You will need either an MB workshop or an MB independent specialist- a lot of general garages will not have the software system.
    I would think most would want it booked in. They may charge for 15-30mins labour? -not sure- had mine done when having some other work done at the same time
     
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    MB Milton Keynes want £55 to do it.

    My friends garage with the Autologic are going to call them Tuesday and apprently AL with write the code needed to do it.
     
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    - equals half hour labour??
    plus vat I presume :eek:
     
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    It would be great to do a 'howto' on this once it is done - any wiring mods need doing etc.
     
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    All done, Autologic wrote the code needed to recode the ignition module.

    Not a Star in sight.
     
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    It is a fairly simple unplug & then plug in new one swap. No wiring mods needed.
    Main difficulty is the star coding which needs a pc & software that can change the cluster settings.
    Of course there will be no original bixenon spec auto levelling or washers, which really would be involved

    Well done. Bet you are pleased
     
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    No ballast changes or anything like that? Sounds like a plan (for the future :) )
     
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    -the HV circuitry/ballast is self contained in the headlamp unit
     
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    It was very simplely a plug and play job but you do need to have the coding done. They will work with the engine off (how I tested them as I went along) then as soon as the engine was running they would flicker and go out. This is down to the curcuit voltage changing.

    While it was in for the coding they used the MOT headlight alinement machine to make sure the lights were spot on. As I have washers already, it won't be an issue. Not that they can test self leveling in an MOT anyway.

    The standard CLK headlights (non xenon) look so out of place at the front of the car, Like straight out of the 90's. I can't understand why they didn't fit them to every car especially facelift models. Like they did with the E class of similar year (05>)
     
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    I got a few options on my CLK enabled by PCS... They have the official STAR system... Think they charged £20 but it was a while ago.

    PCS Milton Keynes
     
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    I wouldn't touch PCS with a large feces covered stick. They have a terrible name in MK
     
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    Oh I only work in MK so don't know them very well, only ever used them to enable the telephone buttons on my CLK.

    To be honest the price the gentleman was offered by MB in MK don't seem too bad, at least you know they will do it properly
     
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    The garage I use are the diagnostic/tuning guru's They are the guys all the other garages go to with problems. That includes dealers.
     
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    Maybe I should have read through and realised that you already had it done! Lol
     

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