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Old 11-05-2013, 09:19 AM
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Check Side Lights warning on new halo headlights

I have a 2000 BMW Model 740iL. I recently purchased and installed replacement halo headlights (99-01 E38, dual halo projector) that came with integral side lights (the sidelight and headlight housings are all one piece). My original sidelights contained dual filament bulbs for parking lights and turn signals inserted into dual filament sockets with three lead pigtails. The replacement sidelights have single filament bulbs and sockets, and two lead pigtails with male connectors that are compatible with the existing female connectors on the car. Both parking lights and turn signals function correctly, but there is always an error message on my dashboard screen that says "CHECK SIDE LIGHTS". Unfortunately, the original dual filament bulb sockets are not compatible with the replacement sidelight housings, so they cannot be used. The replacement sockets are an "insert and twist" type, and the originals are a "pinch diametrically opposing clips" type. My questions is are follows. 1. Is there a dual filament "insert and twist" type socket available that would be compatible with the 99-01, E38 replacement integral sidelight housing? 2. Is there another way, such as a wiring adjustment, to stop the message from appearing on my dash screen? I've searched the web and found numerous discussions on related issues, but none of them fit my situation. Thanks for any response you may provide.
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Old 11-05-2013, 11:38 AM
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Parking lights

In my opinion the company that sold you this kit should have been aware of this problem and also told you of this problem and they should have the parts available so as to deal with this problem and not let you have to waste your time sorting this out, You should contact them asap and tell them so and let them deal with it for you.
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Old 11-05-2013, 02:15 PM
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Call company. I'm sure this is not the first time they have had this problem.
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Old 11-05-2013, 02:21 PM
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Thank you. The problem is that I purchased the lights from an eBay seller.
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Old 11-06-2013, 11:26 AM
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Or if you have the software/hardware to communicate with your car's BUS system, you might be able to fix the problem by going in and changing the light set-up to the way it's set-up for Europe.

They don't use the turn signal for parking lamps and turn indicators. They use them for turn indicators only, thus they have a single filament bulb plus the pigtail is set-up this way as well. Changing the setting "may" fix the issue if the LCM is not expecting to check for that filament to be illuminated when the parking lights or headlights are turned on.

Just a thought...it may work but it may not work.

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Old 11-06-2013, 06:23 PM
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Thank you, QSilver 7. I am always impressed by your postings on this forum.
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