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Mercedes Benz S430 Tail Light Lens

Problems Encountered with Mercedes Benz S430 Tail Light Lens

Tail lights are crucial for safe driving especially at night or when bad weather causes low visibility on the road. They prevent your car from being rear-ended. That's why it is of utmost importance to know what problems you, or car drivers behind, you might encounter, so you will be able to prevent them from happening. Here's a quick guide to help you out.

Hazy and watery lens

Mercedes Benz S430 tail light lens, though made with high quality material, are also prone to becoming hazy. This becomes an obstruction to the path of the light that is supposed to keep your car very visible from the rear. But with worn gaskets, the lens is penetrated by moisture.

A much worse situation is something usually called "fishbowl syndrome". This takes place when the sealant in your bulb socket is so worn out that a lot of moisture enter the lens and accumulate. Unless the gaskets that seal the bulb hole are not replaced, you can fully expect that this problem will not go away.

Scratches on surface

Be it a tail light or a headlight, both get exposed to all sorts of elements. The surface may get scratched even without your noticing it. Check the tail lights every time you wash your car to be able to polish them and restore them into being clear and shiny.

Cracked or broken lens

As it is made with plastic, over time, your Mercedes Benz S430 tail light lens tends to become brittle. A certain amount of force can cause cracks or breaks. And when your vehicle gets rear-ended or you accidentally back up against something, the tail lights almost always get damaged. And depending on the damage, you may still be able to glue it up well, or you may have to change them altogether.


Oxidation of tail lights happen just as normally as it does on headlights because they are practically made of the same material-plastic. But since the tail lights are red, the oxidation is not noticeable until it becomes substantial. When this happens, your tail lights will not make you that visible to drivers driving behind your Mercedes.

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  • Keeping Mercedes Benz S430 Tail Light Lens Fully Functional

    Time and use changes everything-this is also true when it comes to tail lights. You have to bear in mind that your Mercedes Benz S430 tail light lens is made of plastic. Being so, it is prone to a number of elements that can cause damage. But here are some trouble-free measures you can perform to maximize its useful life.

    Maintenance tips

    • Seal the bulb holes.
    • Every time you wash your Mercedes Benz, check if fogging develops on the inside of the tail lights. If there is moisture visible, it indicates worn out gaskets. Take out the tail light assembly and replace the worn gaskets to prevent furthering the situation.

    • Cover the crack or break in a damaged tail light with red lens repair tape.
    • If you've got a small break on your tail light lens, it is not necessary to get it replaced right away. You may still be able to salvage it by using red lens repair tape, which is readily available in most auto parts stores or department stores. This tape is translucent, and it allows the red light to shine through just as a normal tail light does.

    • Get rid of the oxidation.
    • Even if the tail light lenses have received many scratches, it is not impossible to restore them. You can use a scratch repair kit that comes with a complete set of materials you need to restore the luster of the lens. This option can cause you extra bucks, though.

      If you are a bit tight on cash, you can opt to use wet 1200-grit and 1500-grit sandpapers to do the trick. You can do this by soaking the sandpapers and sanding the tail lights from side to side first with the 1200-grit sandpaper. Do this until the whole surface is darkened and then sand it again from side to side with the 1500-grit one that has been previously soaked and softened in water. After rinsing and letting it dry thoroughly, you may apply plastic polish on the lens to make them bright and clear again. And finally, wipe the lens with a UV protectant for plastic to prevent future oxidation.

    Other tips and reminders

  • Never use dry sandpaper when sanding the tail light lenses because this will cause permanent scratch damages.
  • When using the wet sandpaper method, you can add in a couple of drops of car soap to maintain a slippery surface and make the task a bit easier.