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    HELP WITH XENON D2S BULB !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    ok guys my drivers side xenon low beam went out,, computer says check low beam,,, I figured its out so I ordered 2 new ones their stock Philips D2S's I got the boot off , and ring old bulb was burned,, replaced it with new one,, put it all back,, rod on bulb was down lamp was up,,, boot back on, plugged it in,, re connected battery neg terminal,, put lits on and still no change!!!!! any suggestions?????1988 E28 M5 stroked and camed SOLD
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    Re: HELP WITH XENON D2S BULB !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    also checked fuses all good :)1988 E28 M5 stroked and camed SOLD
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    There are no fuses for any of the external lights(

    Your ballast may be bad, swap left and right ballast to see if the problem follows the ballast. If it doesn't you could have a wiring issue or a LCM problem.

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    Re: There are no fuses for any of the external lights(

    ahh ok ,,, now how hard is it to chnage the ballast from one to the other? whats an LCM ? I guess now is the time when I miss the E30 M3 and E28 M5 with the simpler technolgy :)1988 E28 M5 stroked and camed SOLD
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    One torx screw and the ballast is off. (m)

    It's at the top of the plastic holder.
    The LCM is the Light Control Module which is located behing the pass side kick panel.

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    Re: One torx screw and the ballast is off. (m)

    ok gotcha,,, wonder if with a voltage amp I can test them without changing the balast on each side?1988 E28 M5 stroked and camed SOLD
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    Just swap them, 5 min job






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    Most likely a ballast.

    I bought mine new off ebay from some guy that has dozens of "take offs"
    i think i paid $55 shipped. Really was new too. Mine went bad after i had the new LKM programmed. During programming the lights are turned on and off alot and at a high rate. The bulb would change colors then it would just go out.

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    Re: Just swap them, 5 min job

    ok if its that short I'll give it a try tomm and see whats the cause ...1988 E28 M5 stroked and camed SOLD
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    Re: Most likely a ballast.

    awesome! just looked at ebay,,, was it OEM ? or a diff brand? theres a few used ones but new ones are listed at over $200 :(1988 E28 M5 stroked and camed SOLD
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    Re: Most likely a ballast.

    Damn i cant find the seller.
    Heres a couple of used ballasts

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    Re: Most likely a ballast.

    Awesome! today I'll test out the side that doesnt lite just to confirm its the ballasts,,, these two you suggested look good a far cry of what a new one would cost1988 E28 M5 stroked and camed SOLD
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    I have a new ballast available

    I have a new ballast that I pulled of a brand new light, and I have kept it as a spare. Let me know if you really need it.
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    awesome!!!! I did an oil change today so havent had a moment to check the ballast but Im pretty sure thats the culprit,, how much did you want for the ballast? email address is [email protected]
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    Drop by if you need help--

    Yah im a cheap greek gypsy, I waited it out till almost new ballasts popped up on ebay for 50 bux. But yah your better off getting a used one instead of a new overpriced one or a new cheap made in china unit that will die out in a year.
    If you have a problem swapping em out when the new one comes just drop by my house.

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    Bmw community is the best!

    And people stereotype us as [Oops!] BMW DRIVERs lol

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    best sterotypes are the MB drivers :) not only are they the worse on the road they have no consierdation for ohers around them,, I find this to be true every day I drive,, BMW drivers are not only excellent drivers but also have some common sense and awareness!!!1988 E28 M5 stroked and camed SOLD
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    Re: Drop by if you need help--

    AWESOME!!! I may take u up on that one,,,, I did my oil/filter change with Castrol 0w30 made in Germany using my MityVac and all went smoothly!1988 E28 M5 stroked and camed SOLD
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    just checked,, it was the ballast out!

    ok just checked the voltage on the ballast with no lite working and ,, its the culprit 100% opposite side had voltage
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    Re: Bmw community is the best!

    I can tell by the way you are praising BMW drivers, that you don't live in Southern California.

    Most of the freeway driving I do (now that I'm retired) is in my wife's '03 530i (she hates driving, but loves the car), and rare is the day that I don't rail at some "stupid damn BMW driver" who cuts me off, tailgates at 75 or 80 mph, weaves in and out of lanes, yacks on the cell phone, and generally endangers others.

    Yes, there are bad drivers in all brands of vehicles, but (at least in SoCal) BMW drivers seem to think that making the large investment in a set of wheels entitles them to drive poorly, aggresively, and dangerously.

    I don't claim to be an angelic driver; admittedly, I love to travel at speeds above the posted limits, but I don't do that in heavy traffic. I don't tailgate (after over 80,000 miles on street motorcycles, I'm phobic about that). But the general level of BMW driving around here is atrocious.

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