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Old 02-17-2010, 09:11 PM   #1
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Headlight Replacement--PLEASE HELP

I need to essentially replace both headlight housings on my car. I have factory xenons, but a few months back the passenger side headlight started goin out when making a hard left turn. The funny thing is it would come back on when I straightened out. I initially went to the local independent shop that does all my work. They said it was a short in the wiring and they were able to go in and 'patch' it up. That fixed it for a month or so. They told me if it happened again, I would need to replace the entire housing. Well, it's happening again and now it doesnt matter the angle of the steering wheel. I want to go ahead and just replace both headlights (as cheaply as I can). I found these online, angel eyes are included but not HID. Has anyone purchased from here? Do these seem like a good idea? I need some advice so i'm not wasting my money.
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Old 02-17-2010, 09:17 PM   #2
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you can find yourself an oem set here
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Old 02-17-2010, 09:18 PM   #3
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Old 02-17-2010, 09:19 PM   #4
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If you have oem Xenons, I would find an oem replacement. On here or craigslist, part-out, etc.

Sometimes people are just selling 1 side. That would be perfect if you can find it.
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Old 02-17-2010, 09:34 PM   #5
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Thanks for the replies. I guess I need to start searching for an OEM set. And I guess it would help to include the link I was talkin about lol

http://www.jlevistreetwerks.com/3-Se...duct_info.html
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Old 02-17-2010, 09:47 PM   #6
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they aren't THAT expensive
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Wut wut???
You want to replace the whole headlight when only you have to replace a ballast wire because its 6-7 years old and now is shortening. Why not replace the whole engine while you're at it.
Just buy a new set of bulbs(or bulbs with igniters) and you're set.
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Old 02-17-2010, 10:20 PM   #9
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Wut wut???
You want to replace the whole headlight when only you have to replace a ballast wire because its 6-7 years old and now is shortening. Why not replace the whole engine while you're at it.
Just buy a new set of bulbs(or bulbs with igniters) and you're set.

Oh OK. That's where my confusion comes in. The guys at the shop said the whole housing needed to be replaced. If I can get away with replacing individual parts i'm all for it. That's the kinda answer I was hoping for.
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Oh OK. That's where my confusion comes in. The guys at the shop said the whole housing needed to be replaced. If I can get away with replacing individual parts i'm all for it. That's the kinda answer I was hoping for.
Look at it this way, why would the headlight housing need replacement: is it cracked? is the lens broken?.
You're obviously having wiring issues which should be replaced either with OEM components or aftermarket ones due to its age.
Buy a n HID kit with D2S size bulbs from any sponsor on here and replace the factory ones(old ballasts along with the bulbs)
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Old 02-17-2010, 10:58 PM   #11
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OK. That def. makes sense. Thanks a lot!
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Old 12-05-2012, 08:24 AM   #12
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RE:Broken wires

Right headlight was flickering. After reading many posts, I bought a ballast and it didnt fix it. Reading some more, I finally opened up the headlight top where you replace the HID DS2 bulb and found several cracked and one broken wire.
Is there a wiring kit to replace this? Does the headlight unit come completely apart so that you can actually get to the wiring? 2005 325Ci
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Old 12-05-2012, 03:46 PM   #13
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I just fixed this myself. My right headlight had the same symptoms. Easier to fix out of car, but you may be able to fix in place.

Remove the access panel on top and look carefully y at all the wires you can see
There are 3 wires. Blue Red and Green. I found 2 cracks in my red and the green was broken. Disconnect from bulb housing. I was able to reach them through the port, clip out the broken sections and solder in replacement sections.

Working great now. Fixed in under 2 hours for about $1 of material.

Good luck
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Old 12-05-2012, 03:58 PM   #14
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Thanks. That is what I plan on trying. Called local dealer and they offer no fix for this, just a new headlight assembly. My issue is that the brown wire is broken off very close to the ignitor plug ( maybe it is the ignitor plug, maybe something else) so not sure if I am going to be able to fix it or not. Those wires are very small and very brittle for a 7 year old car. The heat must be pretty incredible in there. I think I will use some of the black electrical tape in a bottle and coat the wires for extra protection.

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my wires are also falling apart is there a way to buy replacements? And where to get them? Thanks
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Old 01-07-2013, 08:22 AM   #16
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Pop the cover off the top of the light housing and try to repair any and all broken wires. I used 18 Gauge wire along with Sealed Crimp & Solder Butt Connectors. Then I coated all of the wires with the black electrical tape in a bottle trying to protect them from the heat and keep them from cracking again.
I removed the head light assembly, but not sure it was necessary.
There are no wiring kits or dealer fixes that I've found, its just a time consuming do it yourself fix that saves you hundreds of dollars.
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