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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 08-07-2014, 07:21 PM
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I wanna know what this cable is for and if it is the reason why my angel eyes don't turn on?? ThanksClick image for larger version

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Old 08-07-2014, 07:31 PM
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Old 08-07-2014, 07:34 PM
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Old 08-07-2014, 07:44 PM
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I don't understand. Did the AEs work before, or is this a new installation? Did you do it?
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Old 08-07-2014, 08:14 PM
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Old 08-07-2014, 10:53 PM
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I have a 2003 540i M sport. 6 spd manual
I wanna know if my car has angel eyes? I'm pretty sure I do all I know is I have xenon lights?

I've seen other bimmers with the same headlights and they have angel eyes.

My main question is what are some reasons that my angel eyes arnt working?

I found this cable unplugged on the left side of the engine my the water tank I have no clue what it is? Can it be the reason why my angel eyes don't work? Thanks a lot and sorry for all the reading.Click image for larger version

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Old 08-08-2014, 06:13 AM
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Have you checked the fuses?

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Old 08-08-2014, 07:33 AM
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Have you checked the fuses?
This thread, found by typing /fuse f3 in the bestlinks, will give the OP an idea of which fuses to check:
- One user's attempt to locate, describe, and photograph all fuses and relays in the BMW E39 with a picture of every fuse & relay (1)

For the angel eyes, this headlight autopsy, found by typing /headlight f3, will tell the OP a lot:
- Headlight autopsy DIY (1) (2) (3)
NOTE: I wish everyone autopsied their broken parts, as an autopsy tells us tremendous amounts about the equipment operation and its failure modes!

NOTE: Ignore the caption; the answer is in the thread.

Typing /angel eye f3 nets these, among others:
- How to remove the angel eye bulb (1) (2) (3) & which stock angel-eye bulbs to buy (1) (2) (3)

See also:
- Headlight aiming DIYs (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) & how to physically remove the BMW E39 Hella headlights (1) & how to twist out the headlight bulbs (1) (2) (3) including HIDs (1) & which stock H7 'halogen' bulbs to buy (1) (2) (3) & how to physically remove the front turn signal bulb (1) (2) (3) (4) & what front turn signal bulb to replace it with (1) & how to remove the angel eye bulb (1) (2) (3) & which stock angel-eye bulbs to buy (1) (2) (3) & how to retrofit halogen angeleye bulbs to LEDs (1) (2) (3) (4) & how to modify pre-facelift headlights to angel eyes (1) (2) (3) (4) & headlight plastic polishing & refinishing DIYs (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) & replacing just the headlight lens (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) & how to cross reference all light bulbs for any BMW E39 including for the headlights, stoplights, backup, blinkers, dome, vanity, side markers, licplate, parking, fog, trunk/boot, glovebox, etc. (1) & more information if you really want to know everything about broken headlight adjusters (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) (13) (14) (15) (16) (17) (18) (19) (20) (21) & how to make your own headlight adjusters (0) (1) (2) (3) and a summary list of all your options when your headlight adjusters are broken (1) & headlight autopsy photos (1) (2) (3) & an explanation of the weird flat spot on the USA spec headlights (1) (2) & an explanation of HID versus conventional headlights and why the high beam is always a halogen H7 bulb (1) (2) (3) & the age-old argument of whether to buy aftermarket DJ Auto or Depo headlights (1) or OEM Hellas (1).
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Old 08-08-2014, 09:23 AM
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My guess is that this is the connector for your left front blinker, side marker light. If not look around that area for a receptacle missing a connector. You may have to remove the LF air box to do a proper search.
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Old 08-08-2014, 09:25 AM
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My guess is that this is the connector for your left front blinker, side marker light. If not look around that area for a receptacle missing a connector. You may have to remove the LF air box to do a proper search.

Thanks I'll take a look so far from what's visible I can't find where it plugs in..


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Old 08-08-2014, 09:35 AM
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My guess is that this is the connector for your left front blinker, side marker light. If not look around that area for a receptacle missing a connector. You may have to remove the LF air box to do a proper search.
Montes, if your blinker is disconnected, your turn signal will probably cycle rapidly. If the connector is by the water tank, it's actually on the passenger (right) side.
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Old 08-08-2014, 09:59 AM
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Montes, if your blinker is disconnected, your turn signal will probably cycle rapidly. If the connector is by the water tank, it's actually on the passenger (right) side.
Yeah, sorry. bobdmac is correct. Thanks for pointing out my dyslectic response. lol.
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Old 08-08-2014, 03:30 PM
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Yeah, sorry. bobdmac is correct. Thanks for pointing out my dyslectic response. lol.
Here are all the bulbs in my headlight ...
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Old 08-08-2014, 03:41 PM
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Here are all the bulbs in my headlight ...

Do u think it can simply be my bulb??


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Old 08-08-2014, 06:07 PM
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Very possibley. Get a multimeter and check if you have power at plug.

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