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E60 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series (E60 chassis) was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E60 is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 11-13-2013, 06:58 PM
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Headlight condensation after BMW Dealership Service

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Today has been a terrible day with my 2008 BMW 535i. I picked it up form Sterling BMW only to find a few issues. I took it in for the bearing lifters because the check engine light came on for that. They returned the car to me with headlight condensation and the service engineer forgot to add oil even as the iDrive was bitching about low oil level. Clearly this "service" was not "service".

As far as the headlight problem, I noticed the BACK COVER was broken and slightly open. Not the cover for the angel eyes, the big plastic cover for the headlight. I changed my angel eyes this weekend to the DTEC V7's and everything went fine. I didn't notice the back cover broken. IT must have been from the previous owner. Here is a picture of my condensation, it's pretty damn bad. I've washed the car many times and this has never happened. The seals look ok.

Does anything think this is purely a problem of the back cover not being sealed? Thanks.


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Old 11-13-2013, 07:41 PM
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What are "bearing lifters"
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Old 11-13-2013, 07:42 PM
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What are "bearing lifters"
I believe it is part of the Vanos Solenoid. There was a problem with that.
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Old 11-13-2013, 07:43 PM
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Yeah I don't think that's what it is called.
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Old 11-13-2013, 07:46 PM
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Also, posting pictures of the back cover you are referring to as broken would be useful information
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Old 11-13-2013, 07:53 PM
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Also, posting pictures of the back cover you are referring to as broken would be useful information
The left opening is the angel eye cover, the arrow indicates the cover that is open for me. It is about 4cm open. There definitely is some air/humidity passing through that opening...

I'll get you a better picture if needed?

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Old 11-14-2013, 07:21 AM
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Yes the condensation is from the back cover not being sealed.
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I would remove the broken cover, blow a hair dryer on the headlight for a little while to heat it up and evaporate all the condensation, then replace the cover with a new one.
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Old 11-15-2013, 05:35 AM
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Wonder if you could put one of those silica packs in there for a little bit to soak it up
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