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Old 03-12-2018, 07:35 PM
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I noticed this morning (still dark)when I left the house the drivers side xenon flickered a few times so I may be headed for a failure. I have a spare D2S bulb so I might try that first. The right side failed about a year ago so after 13 years, I guess it's time...
Just an update, swapped out the bulb and still having a flickering issue. It leaves the ballast or igniter as my problem so more troubleshooting to come.

*EDIT* Picked up a used ballast on fleaBay for $44 and should be here by the weekend. Pulling the front bumper... Again...
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Ouch. Wife's e53 messed up on me one night when I made a cig run. The light flickered and didn't come on. Figured it was the ballast but it never messed up again after that so I guess I got lucky.

Spent my birthday today testing the steering angle sensor on the e53 again. Weird how it works a few times then quits. I guess the brushes are shot in it.
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Old 03-17-2018, 11:54 AM
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Ouch. Wife's e53 messed up on me one night when I made a cig run. The light flickered and didn't come on. Figured it was the ballast but it never messed up again after that so I guess I got lucky.

Spent my birthday today testing the steering angle sensor on the e53 again. Weird how it works a few times then quits. I guess the brushes are shot in it.
Swapped out the ballast this morning and seems to have fixed it, no flickering. I didn't need to completely pull the front bumper, only slide it forward about 3 inches to maneuver the headlight out. I still had to pull all the fasteners to the point of completely removing it but it was a lot easier not having to pull any of the wiring or washer hoses. I have this front bumper removal down to 10 minutes now...
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Old 03-17-2018, 02:05 PM
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Hope my steering able sensor job next week goes as smoothly.
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