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Old 02-13-2011, 12:16 AM   #1
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Warning light on dash - Red headlight icon - what does it mean?

Anyone know what this means? It came on when I started the car this evening. Red headlight icon next to an icon of the car (car icon like the one that warns you when a door is not fully closed).

I checked and the tail lights and turn signals all work. Red headlight icon went out about 1 mimute after putting the car in gear.

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Old 02-13-2011, 12:32 AM   #2
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Are you positive it wasn't the taillight?
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Old 02-13-2011, 12:38 AM   #3
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Old 02-13-2011, 12:52 AM   #4
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Tail lights looked good.

The headlight signal on the summary chart looked similar to the warning icon but likely not identical. Weird that the warning went out 1-2 minutes after the car started moving.

Any other ideas-?

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Old 02-13-2011, 01:26 AM   #5
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This is just rather typical for a grounding issue on the tails is why I asked. You haven't done any headlight work? Really? Just started happening outta the blue?

I would remove the suspect headlight bulb. Bend up suspect connection tab slightly to ensure good solid contact, then apply a lil dab o di-electric grease.

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Maybe it was a leveling issue.
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Old 02-13-2011, 06:05 AM   #7
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^ The light won't come on for that
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this is just rather typical for a grounding issue on the tails is why i asked. You haven't done any headlight work? Really? Just started happening outta the blue?

I would remove the suspect headlight bulb. Bend up suspect connection tab slightly to ensure good solid contact, then apply a lil dab o di-electric grease.

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Old 02-13-2011, 09:30 AM   #9
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My passenger side warning light came on last week also i pulled out the bulb and cleaned out the green goo that was all over where the bulb plugs into, the bulb was fine all was good after that.
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One of your bulbs' connection may be dirty..
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Old 02-13-2011, 11:32 AM   #11
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I'm with DaneWilson, this sounds like a classic grounding issue for the tail light, or your front turn signal sockets are starting to go.

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Old 02-13-2011, 07:53 PM   #12
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Do you have fog lights? I had a headlight out come up on my dash last year. Checked it out and both my headlights were working highs and low. The light would disappear after a while and would come back on when I restarted the car. Turned out to be a blown out fog light. If not then it could be the grounding issue or dirty connections.
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Old 05-01-2011, 05:36 PM   #13
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i to have this problem (i figured id post here instead of starting a new thread) i dont have foglights, ive checked all connections in the sockets and changed all bulbs, when i turn my parkers on my right front indicator also turns on so i figured this was the origin in which was at fault, but i cant see any problem with it, any other ideas guys? the light on my dash doesnt go away tho after a few minutes
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i face the same issue with my car .. the front headlights sign comes on the dashboard .. but then i turn on the lights while driving and the fog lights too ( front ) and then the warning on the dashboard goes away ..

happened couple of times tho but this is how i fix it myself.

Its not the bulb itself i think this is the wiring is dirty and it needs to get cleaned
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Anyone know what this means? It came on when I started the car this evening. Red headlight icon next to an icon of the car (car icon like the one that warns you when a door is not fully closed).

I checked and the tail lights and turn signals all work. Red headlight icon went out about 1 mimute after putting the car in gear.

Any ideas?

Doug
Hi Doug, I realise this reply is only 6 years late so apologies but just joined forum and your post came up from a search of 'E46 headlight warning lights'.

Just got both red warning lights myself after fitting LED bulbs which only draw about 20 watts each, compared with 55W for each halogen lamp so I reckon it's sensing the reduced current flow and 'thinking' (CPU algorithm) there's a faulty or missing bulb. Not sure how to cure this; will search forum for LED upgrades but guess I'll end up having to fit a ballast resistor on each side to draw more current. But that kinda cancels out the benefits of the LED units drawing LESS current!!
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