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Old 06-23-2016, 01:30 PM
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Xenon Head Light Malfunction

Hello,

I have had an issue where one of my headlight (xenon) doesn't come on at times and this seems to trigger the fog lights to turn on....

It used to only happen a few times here and there but it's now off more than it's off. I am thinking it's not the actual bulb but some sort of connector or something???

I have read on a thread that perhaps it's a ballast issue but I'd like to get some more opinions before buying the ballast.

Thanks
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I have only owned 2 cars with factory xenon. On one of them, i had intermitent problems with one of the xenon bulbs. Solved problem by changing both bulbs. What color does your lights have? Xenons usually turn more purple when they are about to go. As for the fog lights, can they be programmed to go on if one of the headlight bulbs goes out?
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My lights are white and I don't think it's the bulb when it comes on it's fine and stays like that for days, then all of a sudden it decides to not come on and when that happens the fog lights come on. I am sure that the fog lights are programmed to come on if a head light fails as a safety (German engineering is top notch).
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Hello,

I have had an issue where one of my headlight (xenon) doesn't come on at times and this seems to trigger the fog lights to turn on....

It used to only happen a few times here and there but it's now off more than it's off. I am thinking it's not the actual bulb but some sort of connector or something???

I have read on a thread that perhaps it's a ballast issue but I'd like to get some more opinions before buying the ballast.

Thanks
Swap the ballast from one side to the other and see if the problem moves to the other side. If it does, you need a new ballast.
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Swap the ballast from one side to the other and see if the problem moves to the other side. If it does, you need a new ballast.
Duh :-) ! going to do that for sure. In terms of why the fog light come on when the headlight fails, do you know if this is an intended behavior?
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my e38 had a blinking main headlight for months. used ballast off E-bay did the trick. months now with no issues. $40.
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Duh :-) ! going to do that for sure. In terms of why the fog light come on when the headlight fails, do you know if this is an intended behaviour?
Yes, this is intended behaviour. Same thing happens if a halo (AE) light goes out - the same-side indicator comes on (half brightness).

Safety feature.
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