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Stonecoast 10-09-2007 06:06 PM

Xenon Igniter Replacement
My passenger side Xenon igniter is shot and I have bought a replacement part. I removed the head lamp assembly following the instructions on two different DIY sites but I am a bit hesitant to "pop" the headlight vertical aiming arm out of its plastic clip. With my luck, it will snap. I called my dealer to see if the clip is available separately but they can't find it on their parts list. Anyone know whether the headlight repair kit (part # 63126904664) contains this clip? Follow this link to the tenth image to see the clip I'm talking about.
Alternatively, are there any other tricks or tips for accessing the igniter?

BMW Loe 10-10-2007 09:41 PM

The part that you do have to pop to remove the assembly, its a pretty strong part, BUT you might be able to find all of the arms on ebay.com from member heavenonearth. I've undid mine so many times thinking it would snap but it never does.

no other tips really, you must get underneath the projector to get to the housing unfortunately unless you have really small tools that can reach in to unscrew the screws and be able to lift and remove the ignitor from behind and out the back of the headlight. Just make sure you have the correct BOSCH or ZKW-Mitsubishi ignitor.

n2Bimmer 10-11-2007 12:02 PM

how do you know if your ignitor is out or the balast.

Stonecoast 10-12-2007 04:03 PM

My dealer confirmed that the igniter was bad based on symptoms i.e., intermittent on/off.

Stonecoast 10-12-2007 04:05 PM

I actually purchased my replacement igniter from "heavenonearth". Got it for $20. I'll try the installation again on the weekend and see what happens.

element 07-25-2008 06:00 PM

I have my headlight out and that clip is a little scary. Anybody devise a better method?

Also I realized after turnng the aiming screws all the way out that I probably need to adjust them when re-installing, should I use the tried or true "line them up on a level surface and aim at a wall" or are there any set parameters for adjustment?

I have Bi-Xenons with auto-leveling.


element 07-25-2008 07:10 PM

I got it with some ungraceful vigorous prying. There must be a way to detach the clip from the front. Alas, the bentley is mum on all things except removing the headlight.

bmwparamedic 06-15-2009 06:33 PM

bump, can we get an post installation rundown. Did it fix the problem?

CrazeUK 11-06-2009 03:29 PM

Hi Guys, i know this is too late.
But i had Fantastic success with this method, just incase anyone stumbles across this later.

For anyone thats come half way through, please follow this link for a majority of disasdsembly instructions: http://www.bigpatsfans.com/hl/headlight.htm

Until you get to this picture:

Then you will use the BAM Inc. method (my method ;) )
To remove the Bezzel:

By now you should have the xenon bulb and the front headlamp covers removed.

1. Through the xenon bulb whole look towards the centre of the headlamp at the top. you should see this:

and one at the bottom


Use some long nose pliers and carefull press the top and bottom of the pop out clips together then gentely push. This should force the bezzel out.

2. Once the both top and bottom clips are off you can pull the bezzel out. Just behind the bezzel in the centre (towards the bottom) you will see a white clip. This is the clip the bar in the first pic is holding onto. If you push the top and bottom of this you can then push the bar out.

Simple as..
Please let me know if this is successfull for you too, then i can post it other places to help people out (btw for longivity, does anyone know how to upload pictires here (just incase my hosting dies))

MitchSF 11-06-2009 04:49 PM

I also remove the plastic trim piece so that the clip can be compressed for easy removal.

The repair kit does include a new clip.

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