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Created: 31 Dec 2007

Last Updated: 3 May 2009

Replacing the indicator in the mirror housing on the Mercedes ML (MY2002 to end of series) takes about 5 minutes.

Tools needed:       TX10 torx driver, large flat screwdriver.

Parts needed:
    Left hand indicator lamp    A163 820 03 21    Upto chassis nr A516930 (MY02-04)
    Left hand indicator lamp    A163 820 05 21    From chassis nr A516931 (MY05)
    Right hand indicator lamp   A163 820 04 21   Before chassis nr A516930 (MY02-04)
    Right hand indicator lamp   A163 820 06 21   From chassis nr A516931 (MY05)

It seems that the mirror housing and indicators were changed for the last few W163 MLs made (MY2005, as the W164 was being released)


The indicator is held into the external body coloured mirror shell by one TX10 screw.

The external body coloured mirror housing is held in place by one clip.

Removing the mirror housing is simple.

1) Push the mirror glass in at the door end of the mirror, enabling you to see into the housing at the outside edge of the mirror. You can then see a brass clip (circled in photo below)

Photo of mirror cover clip

2) Push the clip in on the dimple you can see using a big flat screwdriver- this allows the mirror cover to slide out over that clip.

3) Whilst pushing the dimple on the clip silde the mirror cover off - it slides straight out over the mirror glass. I found it useful to bend the whole mirror in ever so slightly so I could pull with my fingers on the inside edge of the mirror housing (the bit that is normally hidden against the door triangle).

Here is a picture of the mirror mechanism after the body coloured cover is removed, you can see the clip that holds onto the cover which is circled in this picture and the one above.

Here is a picture of the cover after it is removed, showing the single screw that holds the flasher unit.

W163 body coloured Mirror cover removed

4) Undo the TX10 screw

5) Remove old flasher and put new one on, and re-install the screw.

Here is a picture of the rear of the new flasher

6) Push the mirror housing back into place.

All done !


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