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Old 03-31-2013, 10:32 PM   #1
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Ballast alternative?

Hey guys,

So I think my driver's side ballast is going. It only turns in sometimes and the frequency of it coming on is getting less now.

Now I don't know much about the lighting system so I'm going to ask the question before just buy a new ballast.

There might be none but is there a better alternative to just buying the ballast? (Ie: new aftermarket headlight unit, etc)
Just brainstorming, I really don't know.
Suggestions please.
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Old 04-01-2013, 05:01 AM   #2
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Hey guys,

So I think my driver's side ballast is going. It only turns in sometimes and the frequency of it coming on is getting less now.

Now I don't know much about the lighting system so I'm going to ask the question before just buy a new ballast.

There might be none but is there a better alternative to just buying the ballast? (Ie: new aftermarket headlight unit, etc)
Just brainstorming, I really don't know.
Suggestions please.
I dont think you can replace with aftermarket and still have the bi-xenon feature. How do you know its the ballast and not the bulb? Have you tried swapping the bulbs to see if the problem still stays in the same side?
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No I haven't tested it but I don't think it the bulb as it does turn on at tinges and when it does it work perfect, no flicker etc.

I guess it could be the igniter.
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Old 04-01-2013, 06:06 AM   #4
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No I haven't tested it but I don't think it the bulb as it does turn on at tinges and when it does it work perfect, no flicker etc.

I guess it could be the igniter.
I would swap the bulb first and then the igniter and see if either of it is the cause. That way you can be sure you are not throwing money at something that isn't broken. If its the bulb then spend the money on a pair of Osram Cool Blue Intense D2S 5000k. They're supposed to be a great upgrade.
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I would swap the bulb first and then the igniter and see if either of it is the cause. That way you can be sure you are not throwing money at something that isn't broken. If its the bulb then spend the money on a pair of Osram Cool Blue Intense D2S 5000k. They're supposed to be a great upgrade.
I have these bulbs, they are awesome!
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Swapping bulbs in the xenon seems to be a bit harder than the good old halogens.
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Swapping bulbs in the xenon seems to be a bit harder than the good old halogens.
Not too hard, it makes it a bit easier if you move the headlight forward a little bit.
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Not too hard, it makes it a bit easier if you move the headlight forward a little bit.
+1 Just undo the 4 bolts that hold it and move it forward.
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Think it may be the bulb. My dad tested it worth a volt meter and didn't show a reading.

What I don't get it's if there's no reading, why does it sometimes come on and when it does it stays on?
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+1 Just undo the 4 bolts that hold it and move it forward.
And yeah that's the easy bit. Can't get the plastic off where the headlight washer is.
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And yeah that's the easy bit. Can't get the plastic off where the headlight washer is.
Gently pry out the headlight washer nozzle and pull it enough to take out the painted trim part. Then you can unclip the the rest of the trim starting from the inside near the grill working your way out.
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ok i switched the globe to the other side on the car and the same side is still not working, so it's not the bulb.

Is it more likely to be the igniter or ballast?
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ok i switched the globe to the other side on the car and the same side is still not working, so it's not the bulb.

Is it more likely to be the igniter or ballast?
correct. Also check connections. But not while its ON as there is high voltage running in it when ON.
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It sounds more like an ignitor to me but the only way to truly find out is to swap the ballast. The ballast is much easier to swap than the ignitor. To swap the ignitor you need to completely dis-assemble the headlight. Unless the headlight is a facelift coupe headlight. Lucky for you though you only have to remove the passenger side headlight seen that the ballast is on the shock tower for the driver side for an M3.
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Think it may be the bulb. My dad tested it worth a volt meter and didn't show a reading.

What I don't get it's if there's no reading, why does it sometimes come on and when it does it stays on?
could you your old man for me?

Please show him this picture and ask him to identify where the conductor is:

If he points at the arc, take that voltmeter off him and buy him a rocking chair and a pair of slippers.
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And yeah that's the easy bit. Can't get the plastic off where the headlight washer is.
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Gently pry out the headlight washer nozzle and pull it enough to take out the painted trim part. Then you can unclip the the rest of the trim starting from the inside near the grill working your way out.
Get your mate Aussie power and have him stand in front of the headlight.. then spray water a few times until the washer pops out, and have him grab it. I'm sure it's good for a few laughs as he cops a spray of water or 2 or 3 times
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Old 05-03-2013, 01:26 AM   #17
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Re: Ballast alternative?

Haha I realised it's not the bulb. I swapped it and it goes off on the same side. I just bought an igniter yesterday. Awaiting arrival. Def not fitting it myself. Who knows how and wants to?
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