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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 05-19-2009, 12:54 PM
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right headlight won't turn off

Guys, I was wondering if you could guide me through this weird failure. I was driving with the lowbeam headlights on and suddenly the right side high beam head light turns on. I turned off the lights, stayed on, turned off the car and removed the keys, still on.

It's kind like if a relay switch went crazy and got stuck flipped, any ideas?
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Old 05-19-2009, 01:18 PM
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Old 05-19-2009, 02:02 PM
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Yes,

Look at the last page of that thread on an update to buy directly from mouser.com.
Look for the replacement chips.
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Old 05-19-2009, 04:00 PM
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Did you ever see the combination of one headlight, one taillight, and water?

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Look for the replacement chips.
Interesting. Every once in a while, my left headlight stays on along with the left rear tail light even with the ignition off. It seems to happen when it's wet outside, which, for California, isn't all that often. And, it seems to be sporadic. I can start the car up, drive a bit, and shut it down, and the headlights go out.

Can this be the same LCM problem you guys report here?

BTW, here are some of the threads all in one spot:
Repair E39 light module BTS426L1
Repair the LCM in an E39
Replace the LCM in an E39
Bentley thread
Specifications
Group buy
Biimmerfest thread
Bimmerfest thread
Bimmerfest thread
Bimmerfest thread
etc.

But none mentioned the combination of water with both one headlight and one taillight being on. Anyone else see this rare behavior?



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Old 05-19-2009, 04:58 PM
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Blubee....is it the headlight staying on, or just the angel eye?
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Old 05-19-2009, 05:29 PM
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Thought it was supposed to do that, some sort of curb side parking thing if you hit the right buttons. Guy who sold me my car was trying to show how it worked but couldn't get it. Sort of like a safety light so you could walk to your house, then it shut off... Sorry, can't remember what it was called.
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Old 05-19-2009, 05:33 PM
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Thought it was supposed to do that, some sort of curb side parking thing if you hit the right buttons. Guy who sold me my car was trying to show how it worked but couldn't get it. Sort of like a safety light so you could walk to your house, then it shut off... Sorry, can't remember what it was called.
Yes that is what I was getting at. If you shut the car off with the blinker on, one side of parking lights will stay on. If you activate the high beam flasher with the car off, the low beams will turn on for about 1 minute.
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Old 05-19-2009, 05:55 PM
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The feature where right or left sidelight, tailight and headlight ( not sure if it's headlight, parking light or AE) illuminate is called 'standing lights' and operates when the car is not running, but the turn-signal stalk is either up or down. ( If car is running, turn-signals will operate, not sure about key position 1 or 2, but I think it only works when key is in off position). I have hit the stalk accidentally when getting out of the car or when cleaning it and then thinking something is wrong with my lights. Don't know if this a timed feature--I always shut it off manually after I notice it--but I think they do stay on until you turn them off? Also, there is the feature that keeps your headlights on for a short time after you park your car so it can illuminate until you can get into the house, or wherever. You just push the turn-signal stalk forward- ( as if you were putting on high-beams)-towards the dash after you shut the car off and the headlights will stay on for 30 or 60 seconds or so. Forget the term for it. Both cool features IMHO! 2003 525i prem./winter/sport. 98k.
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Old 05-19-2009, 06:16 PM
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Blubee....is it the headlight staying on, or just the angel eye?
Hmmm.... come to think of it, it was just the left side and it was probably the angel eye (that's the glowing halo part around the headlight, right?).

I think what you're saying is that I probably left the left-turn signal switch on after removing the keys from the ignition and that is a 'feature' of the BMW that it leaves the left side on. Is that correct? (I wonder how long.)
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Old 05-19-2009, 06:22 PM
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Hmmm.... come to think of it, it was just the left side and it was probably the angel eye (that's the glowing halo part around the headlight, right?).

I think what you're saying is that I probably left the left-turn signal switch on after removing the keys from the ignition and that is a 'feature' of the BMW that it leaves the left side on. Is that correct? (I wonder how long.)
Yes, if it was just the parking lights (glowing halo and rear LED) then im sure you either left the blinker on, or you may have a possible issue with the switch. Have you had any trouble with the blinkers? Next time this happens check to make sure the blinker is in the off position. FYI the lights will stay on until you shut them off. Not sure if there is a battery saving cutoff at somepoint but I doubt it since it is such a small amount of drain.
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Old 05-19-2009, 08:20 PM
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Next time this happens check to make sure the blinker is in the off position.
I will do that. It hasn't happened in a while and, I thought it happened only when it was dark and wet, but, of course, that was a long time ago here in California!

So, next time it happens, I'll check the blinker stalk! Thanks! I think that's what it might have been.
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Cool! Glad I read this thread. I got to learn something!
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Hey might be a simple as the indicator I just figured mine out when the indicator is left on the headlight n taillights will stay on don't ask me how but it does
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Just an FYI (since this is an old post from 2009)...but the parking light feature is mentioned in the owners manual for those that have the special little icon on the turn indicator stalk (near the steering column). The USA didn't get this option until later production (somewhere around the facelift or the LCM III)...but Europe may have had it sooner (not sure, anyone with a prefacelift can chime in if you have this option).

The purpose of this option is to illuminate a front & rear light when parking on a narrow, dimly lit street. Hopefully oncoming traffic will see the light and know that your car is parked alongside the road and not run into it.

As mentioned in the owners manual...you push the turn indicator stalk to the side you want illuminated once the ignition is OFF...a front & rear light will illuminate on the chosen side of the vehicle (that is streetside).


Those with the LCM III also have the "pathway lighting" feature which will allow you to flash the brights to illuminate the headlights for a specified amount of time (the length of time can be changed through coding):

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Hi I have x5 2005 I change the tuner for navigation system but the frequency of new tuner it 76 tell 90 mhrz how can I change to 108 mhrz and sorry for my English hhh

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