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      10-24-2014, 08:31 PM   #1
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Xenon Bulb

Hey guys, just found out that my passenger side low beam is out. However, it only stops working after 5 mins, if I turn the lights off and on again, it works perfectly fine for another 5 mins then it goes out again.

I have noticed from the reflections off the cars in front of me that the passenger side seems to be slightly more yellowish? So is this a bulb problem or is there a weak connection somewhere? Thanks
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      10-24-2014, 10:55 PM   #2
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This may be the ballast
If the bulb is turning on then it should be fine.

double check connections, but im almost certain it could be the ballast
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      10-24-2014, 11:02 PM   #3
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agreed on ballast. same thing happened to me, you can buy a new OEM part for ~$500 from a reputable place, or an "OEM" one from fleabay for ~$100. I opted the ebay route and it's working well, so far...
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      10-24-2014, 11:50 PM   #4
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I agree with buying an eBay ballast for 100 I just got one shipped for 90 with a free bulb both oem. But if I were u I would also pick up the same bulbs I got from khoalty. Com 6000k and the set is 45 for both bulbs and they work great and look wayyy better than the oem 4300k bulbs.
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      10-24-2014, 11:54 PM   #5
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Thanks guys. I will bring it to a indy tomorrow. Is there a way to confirm that the problem is with the ballast?
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Thanks guys. I will bring it to a indy tomorrow. Is there a way to confirm that the problem is with the ballast?
Yeah swap ur other bulb over and see if it's still acting funny. If its a bulb I think there is a guy selling oem bulb right now for 20 bucks in the sale section.
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      10-25-2014, 07:16 AM   #7
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Thanks guys. I will bring it to a indy tomorrow. Is there a way to confirm that the problem is with the ballast?
U gotta pull off the bumper and swap over the opposite side ballast to the side that doesn't work to confirm. Sounds like it's possible it just might be the bulb since u said it was dimming.
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Appointment tomorrow.

Just noticed that the passenger side bulb is getting much blue-er. Guess the bulb is on its way out.
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blue is gooddddddd

jk hope everything turns out well for you tmrw
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If your doing bulbs.. I just bought some Osram Nightbreaker Unlimited Xenarc D1S bulbs that should add 70% light!
http://www.osram.com/osram_com/news-...ails/index.jsp

Seems like a nice upgrade for more light
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U gotta pull off the bumper and swap over the opposite side ballast to the side that doesn't work to confirm. Sounds like it's possible it just might be the bulb since u said it was dimming.

You don't need to take off the bumper to replace the ballasts.
DIY instructions: http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=883738
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U gotta pull off the bumper and swap over the opposite side ballast to the side that doesn't work to confirm. Sounds like it's possible it just might be the bulb since u said it was dimming.

You don't need to take off the bumper to replace the ballasts.
DIY instructions: http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=883738
That's the e90 on my e92 I couldn't figure out anyway to pull the ballast off without atleast removing the 4 screws on the top of the bumper and screws behind the wheel well and pulling out the headlamp. The ballast is directly under the light so it would be almost impossible to get to it unless u have tiny hands.
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Just an update: replaced both bulbs, everything works fine now.

BMW used Osram Xenarc bulbs from the factory?

These are the old bulbs.
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Did you have to remove the bumper? How did you do it on a e92?
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Did you have to remove the bumper? How did you do it on a e92?
I have a e90.

Did it through the wheel well, small hands would be highly recommended for this job.
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Just an update: replaced both bulbs, everything works fine now.

BMW used Osram Xenarc bulbs from the factory?

These are the old bulbs.

Yes, they used Osram from the factory. I bought my replacement bulbs from Amazon and compared the two; the difference is the OEM bulb is stamped with the BMW logo and costs 3x as much.
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Did this the other night. getting that little spring clip onto the back of the bulb is a right old F*(*&%r
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