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Old 03-11-2014, 09:58 PM   #1
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Strange Xenon Issues

I have been fighting some ugly headlight issues on a 2004 330ci vert:

- First, driver headlight went out; dash warning light on
- Do search, order Morimoto bulbs
- Driver headlight comes back on, dash warning light off - put off bulb swap
- Couple days later, the passenger headlight goes out, no dash warning light
- Last night - it gets ugly - both lights out; driver dash warning on; no passenger headlight or warning. No brights except flash to pass. Fogs and corner lights work fine.

So - after some more searching, I decided to swap the driver bulb (original issue). I successfully installed, but got no change. More searching, and someone suggested removing the ground to the battery. I removed, reinstalled, and the driver light is working, dash light is out. Low and high beams both work in driver side.

Current state - driver side is all good; passenger side is still out. No low beam, high beam, or warning light on the dash. My assumption is these were unrelated issues where the bulb was failing on the driver side and something else is causing the issue on the passenger side. What should my next move be? Could this be related to moisture/condensation? The passenger side started after a car wash.

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Old 03-11-2014, 10:22 PM   #2
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Old 03-15-2014, 10:53 AM   #3
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Here's the update on my issue:
- swapped igniter and the passenger igniter works in other light
- swapped bulbs and the bulb works in other side
- pulled the light and discovered multiple issues (see pictures)

A number of wires are cracked insulation with exposed wire. The connector to the igniter is already coated in a liquid electrical tape substance. The housing is not completely sealed and there's been some caulk/sealant applied, but I am getting water dripping out.

I could still swap the ballasts, but am assuming my issue is more with the exposed/broken wires and water. Anyone successfully replaced the connector to the igniter? Do I need to replace the whole housing? What are options there?
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Old 03-16-2014, 10:12 AM   #4
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So I used some liquid electric tape to seal up the broken insulation and reinstalled the igniter. I reconnected and got no change. So - I pulled the other headlight and did the ballast swap and the problem moved to the driver side! Lesson learned - no matter what warning lights and issues, follow the trouble shooting DIY of swapping bulbs, igniters, and ballasts! I have a ballast on order, so will get that installed when it arrives and see if that fixes everything.
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Old 03-24-2014, 12:19 PM   #5
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Did the problem get fixed? If not check the igniter wires closely- could be broken wires - not just insulation.
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Old 03-24-2014, 10:09 PM   #6
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Sort of - I replaced the ballast and both headlights are now operational and all dash warning lights are out. I still have the adaptive light blinking and it appears to me that only one headlight is self leveling and neither is working side to side. I haven't had a chance to investigate further. Two working headlights = must have. Adaptive headlights = nice to have.
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