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Old 06-02-2014, 01:05 AM   #1
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Headlight Issue

Hey Fellas its been a while since Ive posted but have run into a small issue with the 05 M3. I know there are lots of threads about condensation on headlights but this goes further than that bare with me!

We have been getting quite a lot of rain for the past week or so here in Memphis. I came out to the car to drive to work and had a bulb out warning. Got out and sure **** the headlight was FULL of condensation and the of course no light. They are stock headlights, lens have never been replaced or removed. Ive had the car for about a year, and I just replaced both bulbs less than 6 months ago.

My question is I have let it "dry out" to the point there is no condensation in the housing, yet there is still no light. Do you guys think its the bulb, ballast, or igniter that is fried? Ive already ordered new len's and gaskets to be safe. I cant find any cracks in the lens or housing either

Thanks for the input!
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Old 06-02-2014, 06:46 PM   #2
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It could be any of them. Swap the bulbs from left to right, then ballasts, then ignitors one at a time. Whichever one of these swaps changes the issue to your other headlight is your defective part.
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Old 06-05-2014, 09:48 PM   #3
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I would check the gasket behind the headlight lens.
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