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Old 01-24-2007, 09:26 PM   #1
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xenon help

My drive side xenon went out, i tried to switch the blub from left to right and its not the bulb. what do i check next?
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Old 01-24-2007, 09:28 PM   #2
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My drive side xenon went out, i tried to switch the blub from left to right and its not the bulb. what do i check next?
the fuse and the ballast
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where is the fuse located..
if you say fuse then I am guessing there are one per xenon ballast..? where can i find this fuse?
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Old 01-24-2007, 09:48 PM   #4
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"the fuse and the ballast"

alex do you mean the fuse in the headlight?
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Old 01-24-2007, 09:52 PM   #5
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where is the fuse located..
if you say fuse then I am guessing there are one per xenon ballast..? where can i find this fuse?
actually i spoke too soon. i thought the headlamps had one fuse per side so they don't both go out..but could be wrong. the fuse would be in the fusebox in the glovebox's top compartment. yes, the ballast would be the next thing to check as it's harder. there is one ballast per xenon, they have been know to go out, you can find them used on ebay. the ballast is a metal box around the size of a double cd case.
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yeah, I just check the fuse and all is good, guess I have to go buy a new ballast, i found a few on ebay, i'll check tomorrow at an independet shop to see how much they are going for, any idea how much they are new?
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did you notice the light (the bad one) behaving erratically prior to it going out; I ask cause my passenger side kind of flickers not completely on and off but more like a candle light where it kind of dims like if it's dying or something.

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yeah, I just check the fuse and all is good, guess I have to go buy a new ballast, i found a few on ebay, i'll check tomorrow at an independet shop to see how much they are going for, any idea how much they are new?
Check around, I would certainly swap the ballasts from side to side to make sure it's not something inline/wiring before the ballast. good luck.
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i was gonna say if it was the bulb...change them in pairs it pissed me off so much to have one bulb a little darker than the other that i ended up buying two new ones instead...
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did you notice the light (the bad one) behaving erratically prior to it going out; I ask cause my passenger side kind of flickers not completely on and off but more like a candle light where it kind of dims like if it's dying or something.

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Check your rear brake light assemblies and/or bulbs. The lighting system is somehow interconnected and faulty bulbs and/or circuitry will cause the front oem xenons to flicker. Had the same problem and linked it to a bad assembly. Cost ~$40 per side (needed just one).
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It's probably the driver side wires attached to the ballast, mine did the same thing when its freezing outside. I ended up moving the wires around, and it came back on.
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If swapping ballasts doesn't work it could be the igniter.
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dam...ok.. let me go take my head lights apart and swap the ballast and see what happends.

And no, i never had a problem with flickering before, it worked perfectly until last night and then it died.
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Well, I started the car just now and everything works perfectly, came on and stayed on without any problem, what the heck can it be? I have done nothing as far as chaning fuse, wiring, ballast, ignitor, anything like that. It was cold last night, but only in the mid 30's so it was not freezing or anything.
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Sounds like your ballast or igniter is going out. If they fail to light up, it's most likely your igniter. If they light up for a few then fail, then most likely your ballast. In any case, OEM ballast and igniters are integrated so you will have to replace both.
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Nick,

Would this work?
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...080128007&rd=1
So what does it mean if it starts up and works perfectly now? its starting to go out? should I just buy this and keep it just in case?
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It might be the switch portion of the light control module.
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Old 01-25-2007, 04:46 PM   #19
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well one side still comes on, there are no flickering or trying to light up, it either lights up r nothing at all. I though the ballast and ignitor are all in one on the BMW.
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