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Old 04-19-2015, 06:41 PM   #1
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Xenon light out and fix it ticket DUE! ”HELP!

So one night I was driving my 2005 330ci and I started to noticed my passenger side xenon headlight (low been) so I really didn't think nuch of it but then the light totally failed. No more light. I'm going to list the steps I took to try to fix this issue diy.

1. Bought a new D2S bulb. Still didn't fix the light.
2. I did a little reading on this site and many people were saying the ballast could 80% be the issue. Switched the good ballast from the drivers side light
and it worked for about a day or two then started to flicker really bad and finally stopped working all together. So I replaced the ballast to the original lamp and the lamp works.
3. Went to a Bmw dismantler and bought a new ballast. Did not fix the issue. Getting really angry at this time.
4. So I rode around for a while with a headlight out and got a ticket! Which is now due in a couple weeks.
5. Did a little research and found a diagram of the parts and saw the igniter that attaches to the bulb are the same on both sides. So I took the igniter from the working light and swapped it to the non working light really having a good felling that it'll fix this damn headache, but it did absolutely nothing!!!
6. Bought another bulb just to see if the previous one was faulty. Nope!!
7. Oh yeah, I did check the fuses.

So my question is what else can I try? Would could cause this issue? When I first turn the car on the bad light flickers a little then nothing. I am totally out of ideas on what to try next. Could it be the wiring? I have no knowledge about the wiring to these lights. But it does seem to be getting power because of the flicker whn I first turn the car on.

To recap, I've tried the bulb, ballast, igniter, and fuses. I saw another part under the headlight which I believe is the control module and I tried to remove that, unscrewed the t20 screws and popped the tabs and it wouldn't come off the headlight. I saw a chip in their.
Thanks so much in advance. I need this fixed so I can get the ticket sighed off but more important get the light to work so my car doesn't look like crap!

-GC

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Old 04-19-2015, 07:16 PM   #2
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I have an 04 with adaptive headlights - similar symptoms and diagnosis.

Finally narrowed it to a wire that was slowly separating as the light moved (either left or right, so I couldn't narrow it down earlier). I cut and spliced it to use an electrical crimp-connection...problem solved.

The wire was one of the 4(?) on the top push-pin connection.

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Old 04-20-2015, 12:29 AM   #3
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Ok thanks so much I'll look into the wires tomorrow. I hope that's the issue. I already spent 120 on a ballast and 35 on bulbs. This has been the biggest pain in the ass.
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Old 04-20-2015, 06:12 AM   #4
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+1 look at the wiring. They tend to get frail and break in the housing.
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