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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 06-18-2012, 01:18 AM
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Low beam light problem..... 530i 2000

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my instrument cluster shows (Check lowbeam light)

I took the advice and found that my driver side light off, but I felt that the bulb still good so I put the bulb in the passenger side's socket and it worked fine for half a day then it turned off.

so the bulbs are good,,,,,,, what could be the problem


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Old 06-18-2012, 02:32 AM
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it could be some rust inside the plug or if the bulb is very old it could be failing.
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Old 06-18-2012, 07:43 AM
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Doesn't sound like the bulb is good. It turns off after a short use =/= good.
You switched the bulb so does the driver-side light work now?
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Old 06-18-2012, 08:36 AM
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I was having the same problem. It drove me crazy for months. The passanger low beam would show out and indeed not turn on. I unplugged the light socket and plugged it back in and things would work for a while the be out again. Finally, I just changed sides, i.e. swapped the entire sockets and Iv'e not had the problem for a couple of months. In your case I would take the metal socket into which the bulb fits, out of the plastic housing and clean everything up and use some contact spray. It doesn't take much change in resistance to drive the computer nuts.
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Old 06-18-2012, 11:15 AM
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I was having the same problem. It drove me crazy for months. The passanger low beam would show out and indeed not turn on. I unplugged the light socket and plugged it back in and things would work for a while the be out again. Finally, I just changed sides, i.e. swapped the entire sockets and Iv'e not had the problem for a couple of months. In your case I would take the metal socket into which the bulb fits, out of the plastic housing and clean everything up and use some contact spray. It doesn't take much change in resistance to drive the computer nuts.
Iam having the same issue on my wifes vehicle. I am looking for a lower mileage model someone is parting out so I can buy the socket. I am sure that will solve her issue as well.
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Old 06-19-2012, 12:09 AM
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Doesn't sound like the bulb is good. It turns off after a short use =/= good.
You switched the bulb so does the driver-side light work now?
Yes ,,, it is working good
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Old 06-19-2012, 12:16 AM
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I was having the same problem. It drove me crazy for months. The passanger low beam would show out and indeed not turn on. I unplugged the light socket and plugged it back in and things would work for a while the be out again. Finally, I just changed sides, i.e. swapped the entire sockets and Iv'e not had the problem for a couple of months. In your case I would take the metal socket into which the bulb fits, out of the plastic housing and clean everything up and use some contact spray. It doesn't take much change in resistance to drive the computer nuts.
Thanks man, I will try what u said..... and post the results
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Old 06-20-2012, 10:53 PM
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The bulb is OK, the metal socket has no rust although I clean it......

what should I check .....
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What about the fuse box, does it have a left-right fuse that could be at fault.
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Old 06-21-2012, 07:44 AM
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Hi
I got the same isuue. I just bought the car and the guy said he had fixed it before but it went off again. Sometimes it would turn on but most of the time it doesn't. Its the driver side.
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Old 06-21-2012, 09:25 PM
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Xenon or halogen?
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Old 06-22-2012, 12:24 AM
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Xenon
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Old 06-22-2012, 05:48 AM
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It may be dying ballast problem as well then.
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Old 06-22-2012, 07:36 AM
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Last night when i was about to leave work i opened the hood and turned the lights on. I pulled back the white bulb connection to see if something is loose and the bulb came on. That plug seems loose, how can i fix this.
Thanks for your replies
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Old 06-22-2012, 07:45 AM
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As far as I remember - there are blue and grey plugs. Please attach the picture.
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Old 06-22-2012, 09:49 PM
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Hey here is the picture
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Old 06-22-2012, 09:57 PM
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Hey here is the picture
but this is not the xenon. It is halogen. (at least what is shown on the picture).
I thought we are speaking about the xenon.
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Old 06-22-2012, 10:44 PM
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I just bought the car and it said stock headlights are xenon. How can I tell sorry.
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Old 06-23-2012, 08:17 AM
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There is no HID ballast or high voltage wires.
So if connector is loose the clip is broken on it. Just replace the connector and you should be good.
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Old 06-23-2012, 03:13 PM
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Is there DIY for this or can you tell me how to replace it?
Thank you
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Old 06-23-2012, 07:53 PM
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Did you check if the connector really has broken clip?
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Old 06-25-2012, 08:08 AM
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I checked the clip and clip is not broken. It was the wire that gets messed up so i taped the wire with the connector. It works perfectly now so far its been on nk problems at all. Easy solution.
I appreciate all your help.
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Old 06-26-2012, 11:55 PM
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Changed the bulb and everything is going smoothly until now
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