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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 04-24-2014, 09:27 AM
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HELP! Headlight problem

So..I bought a car with HID's and angel eyes inside Euro housings. The 4 pin connector was crudely connected with loose fitting female pins that weren't well insulated. While I was trying to figure out why the angel eyes weren't working on one side, I accidentally tugged the harness a little and all of the pins popped off and a couple of the pins touched with the light switch on. There was a very small spark and now I have no headlights whatsoever, high or low. I have checked all the fuses - none blown. The relays are not closing. Anybody have any ideas? Thanks
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Old 04-24-2014, 09:42 AM
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How did you check the fuses? Because I'll guarantee that you've got at least one that's blown. You have to use a continuity checker (VOM/DMM). Visual inspection of the fuses won't always show which one is bad.
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Old 04-24-2014, 10:43 AM
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Checked all fuses for continuity. Swapped in known good relays and headlight switch. Checked continuity from plugs to chassis ground. Still nada.
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Old 04-24-2014, 12:43 PM
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You likely blew the ballast for the HID bulbs. They're pretty sensitive to start with and they certainly won't tolerate a short on their output.
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