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Old 07-13-2012, 02:02 PM   #1
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E46 Xenon Problem

So I know there are plenty of write-ups about xenon lights and some of the problems they have but I cannot find the exact problem for mine.

I have an '03 BMW 325i sedan. The majority of the time I turn the headlights on, they work perfectly fine. But probably once every 2 days or so The passenger xenon light will not light up. When I turn them off and back on again they always seem to work just fine (sometimes it takes two or three times). I have also been having trouble with my passenger side corner light. For a while that wasn't lighting up until I took out the bulb and scraped off some of the corrosion. Now, I'm occasionally getting the warning light for my corner light. And occasionally having problems with my Xenon HID lights not lighting up. I have done some research and it said the ballasts may have issues. Could this be a problem for me down the road? Seems like an expensive fix. Any advice is greatly appreciated.
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Old 07-13-2012, 07:08 PM   #2
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Start by swapping the bulbs around. If the problem follows the bulb then that's the problem.

Report back if the problem is still on the same side after swapping.
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Old 07-15-2012, 03:01 PM   #3
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Good idea, I will swap the bulbs around this week when I do my angel eye install. Thanks
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Old 07-17-2012, 09:34 PM   #4
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Yup yup. I hope it's the bulbs instead of a more expensive fix.
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Old 07-17-2012, 09:41 PM   #5
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probably the ballast
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Old 07-17-2012, 09:53 PM   #6
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Replace the corner bulb socket (cheap and easy fix) i had similar issues with mine. My guess on the xenon is igniter. It's fairly pricey (120 from the dealer) but try swapping bulbs first and see if problem follows bulbs; if not try swapping igniters, then ballast until you pin point the problem.

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