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Old 09-05-2012, 08:49 PM   #21
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OP, as I said with the trunk loom...the wires will look fine. You have to try to break them. You can find the colors for the trunk wires in wds and yank them...though it could be a ground that's beginning to go.

Maybe it's an artifact from a bad battery, but it sounded so much like what I'd experienced a few times...just put it out there.
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Old 09-06-2012, 10:49 PM   #22
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Thanks Dmax. I'll look into the trunk wiring harder after I get this issue squared away.

Update:
I picked up a new battery today and installed it. I grabbed an Interstate MTP94. My brother was able to get it for me at cost, which was the cheaper than the AutoZone battery. I have the MTP91 in my E36, so I figured i'd stay with familiar territory.

Anyways. It measured 12.55V out of the box. The xenon is still out. I didn't have time today to mess with that, so i'll swap HID capsules and ballasts tomorrow and see if I can rectify that issue. I'm keeping my old battery in case i'm not out of the woods with this. Don't want to damage a new one, so i'll keep my eye on the voltages for a few days to see if anything is depleting it.

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Old 09-07-2012, 01:56 AM   #23
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Thanks Dmax. I'll look into the trunk wiring harder after I get this issue squared away.

Update:
I picked up a new battery today and installed it. I grabbed an Interstate MTP94. My brother was able to get it for me at cost, which was the cheaper than the AutoZone battery. I have the MTP91 in my E36, so I figured i'd stay with familiar territory.

Anyways. It measured 12.55V out of the box. The xenon is still out. I didn't have time today to mess with that, so i'll swap HID capsules and ballasts tomorrow and see if I can rectify that issue. I'm keeping my old battery in case i'm not out of the woods with this. Don't want to damage a new one, so i'll keep my eye on the voltages for a few days to see if anything is depleting it.

Any suggestions on sourcing a ballast?
I'm pretty sure I have one lying around somewhere from a 2005 M3 (basically brand new with virtually no use on it) i'll look around for it tomorrow
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Old 09-07-2012, 06:38 PM   #24
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I'm pretty sure I have one lying around somewhere from a 2005 M3 (basically brand new with virtually no use on it) i'll look around for it tomorrow
That would be sweet Mango. If you wind up coming across it, shoot me a PM and let me know how much you want for it. Thanks man!
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Old 09-08-2012, 01:45 PM   #25
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Looks like I found the issue with the xenon. Coincidence? Or consequence? Odd series of events. The battery and charging system has been fine. Headlights are fine now with new HID capsules.
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Old 09-09-2012, 08:44 AM   #26
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Also, can one of the mods explain why a 2 page discussion about the battery and charging system was moved to the lighting forum? I understand I mentioned a problem with the xenons. But none of the relevant information and troubleshooting info in this thread has anything to do with lighting.

This doesn't belong in the general forum, where it was originally posted?
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Well, I have an update. Not like anyone interested in this information will ever find it...as the mods towed a thread related to the charging system into the lighting forum.

Anyways, it's been roughly a month and I haven't had a single issue. It has been raining quite frequently and reproducing the symptoms that the issues occurred under. No hiccups.

Thanks again for all the help troubleshooting this. It appears that it was as simple as the battery.
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Looks like I found the issue with the xenon. Coincidence? Or consequence? Odd series of events. The battery and charging system has been fine. Headlights are fine now with new HID capsules.
I don't think it was a coincidence. I had the same behavior you described in symptoms 1 and 2. The cluster lights flickered whenever the headlight switch was on. Additionally there was a clicking sound coming from the left/driver side headlight area. I checked the bulb and saw that it looked like yours. Picture attached. I replaced it with a new bulb and everything went back to normal. This post saved me hours of work. My description of the problem - instrument lights flickering when headlight switch is on - originally led others to believe that I was having trouble with the LCM.

What I don't understand is why a dead xenon bulb would lead to instrument lights flickering??
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