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Old 03-25-2011, 09:58 PM   #1
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Smile Check Control light on - what do I replace?

I have a 2005 330ci Convertible and my Check Control Light just came on(passenger side) and it appears I have lose my right headlights(xenon). If it's a matter of just replacing the bulb, I think I could swing this by myself by following the service manual but how do I check to make sure it's not something else? Could someone shed some light on this and assist me? Thanks In Advance!
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Old 03-25-2011, 10:26 PM   #2
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Do you mean this symbol? Because that just says that the system sensed a bulb out on that corner. If your xenon is the only one that's burnt out you can just replace it. It's a good idea to replace both at the same time.


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Old 03-25-2011, 10:33 PM   #3
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Yes that's the symbol exactly! How can I tell if the bulb is burned out? and.. When you say replace both, you mean both bulbs for high and low beam lights right? Sorry to sound so stupid but just want to make sure I do the right thing. is there anything I need to be aware of /precautions to take when replacing the bulbs as there looks like a lot of wiring in that area and well... honestly I don't look good with a perm so.... lol. Thanks for the helpful feedback!
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Old 03-25-2011, 11:42 PM   #4
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Just make sure your headlights are off when you take the bulbs out. And just the low beams.
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Old 03-26-2011, 12:28 AM   #5
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Wow, there's a light telling you that you have a blown bulb. What ever should you do?

GO OUTSIDE AND CHECK THE LIGHTS! If the headlight isn't on with the headlight switch in the "on" position, then bingo, bango, bongo, there's your problem. The solution is to check for loose connections. If that's not helping, 2 new OEM Philips 85122+ bulbs from www.theretrofitsource.com.

If the corner lights aren't on with the headlight switch to the "park" or "on" position, check for a loose connection then replace the bulbs. Again, replace the pair.
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Old 03-26-2011, 12:36 AM   #6
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There is the off chance that it's your ballast or ignitor. If you want to check, swap the bulb between the left and right sides. If the lack of light follows the bulb, then the bulb is the issue. Replace both bulbs with new ones (xenon bulbs should be replaced in pairs)
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Old 04-28-2011, 09:14 PM   #7
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don't mean to bring up semi-dead threads, but since i didn't want to make a totally new thread:

this happened to me last night, when i drove my car from the street to my driveway, in the morning it was fine. then again the little red icon went on the next day. i tried turning onto park and it all works, when it goes to the second option, the passenger side xenon headlight takes like 5 seconds longer to "load" ... only way i can describe it (it also looks weaker)

should i go ahead and dismantle them this weekend, and swap the ballasts / igniters ??
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Old 04-28-2011, 09:16 PM   #8
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Swap bulbs around first. If the problem follows the bulb, replace both.
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