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Old 08-07-2013, 02:46 PM
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Left side lights come on the go off

Hi all,

I have a problem I cant figure out and would really appreciate if you guys could help me.

I have a 116i SE BMW.

The problem is when I turn on the lights the left lights flicker for a second or two then go off.

The right side is perfect.

This problem affects all the lights on the left - Beams / dips / Fogs

It happens every single time and has been an issue for 6 months...

It does not affect the little candle lights / parking lights nor the indicators!

Thanks in advance.
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Old 08-08-2013, 02:42 PM
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All these circuits share one thing in common; They're all wired to the same ground connection. It's the little black box under the hood near the front left fender that has a bunch of wires coming out of it. Make sure it's bolted securely to the chassis and make sure all the connections inside are tight.
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Old 08-10-2013, 02:03 PM
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Hi Mr_Bean,

Thanks for the reply. I went out and checked it. I seen both of those earth boxes they have black silicon inside sealing them. Didn't seem to resolve the issue.

I noticed a new thing tho... when I turn the normal night driving lights on one head beam comes on on the right hand side and one normal beam on the left???

Even though the beams are not even turned on!!

Please help
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Old 08-10-2013, 06:43 PM
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Hi mate,

You would need to go to a BMW mechanic or BMW certified mechanic to check for any circuit breaks or any loose circuit connections (i.e. faulty fuse).

As you said you couldn't see any defects under the hood, so it would most likely be an electrical circuit/on-board computer issue.

Hope this helped.
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Old 08-11-2013, 06:33 AM
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Do you have xenons? I think your bulb is going and your car is turning on the high beam at low power as a running light to increase safety/visibility of your vehicle at night.

You need to learn the correct terms and provide more info. Saying "normal light" and "head beam" isn't very specific. Even a photo would help.
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Old 08-11-2013, 12:53 PM
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"Correct terms" is relative.
Here in NJ, we use different words to describe the parts of our cars then our mates across the pond in Erin.

To the OP, I would suggest taking the car to a BMW dealership or independent specialist. They will be able to scan the footwell module for error codes and could possible diagnose the problem much more easily than anyone on this forum.
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Old 08-14-2013, 10:09 AM
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Hi mate,

You would need to go to a BMW mechanic or BMW certified mechanic to check for any circuit breaks or any loose circuit connections (i.e. faulty fuse).

As you said you couldn't see any defects under the hood, so it would most likely be an electrical circuit/on-board computer issue.

Hope this helped.
Thanks for the reply. I am hoping to figure this out myself if possible. Have money issues at the moment!!
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Old 08-14-2013, 10:13 AM
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Do you have xenons? I think your bulb is going and your car is turning on the high beam at low power as a running light to increase safety/visibility of your vehicle at night.

You need to learn the correct terms and provide more info. Saying "normal light" and "head beam" isn't very specific. Even a photo would help.
No they are just normal standard bulbs. h7 bulbs across all four.

On your advice I replaced all 4 and still no different lol
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Old 08-14-2013, 10:15 AM
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"Correct terms" is relative.
Here in NJ, we use different words to describe the parts of our cars then our mates across the pond in Erin.

To the OP, I would suggest taking the car to a BMW dealership or independent specialist. They will be able to scan the footwell module for error codes and could possible diagnose the problem much more easily than anyone on this forum.
Thanks for advice
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Old 08-14-2013, 10:25 AM
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Here is a pic in case it rings a bell with anyone!
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Old 08-14-2013, 11:07 AM
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since ive replaced all 4 bulbs the right lights just stay off rather than come on for 10 seconds or so as before!
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