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Re: [bmw] where's the 535I headlight relay



Oops!  Phone # for Strictly German is 706-654-9103

Gerry A. Phillips
 '89 535i
'87 328is


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Gerry Phillips
11/04/2003 03:00 PM


        To:     PeterSchop@aol.com
        cc:     bmw-digest@digest.net, owner-bmw@digest.net
        Subject:        Re: [bmw] where's the 535I headlight relay

Peter,

Sounds like your light control module is bad.  This is a common problem 
for E34's.   Over time, vibrations cause cracks of the joints on the 
circuit board.  Sometimes re-soldering the joints fixes the problem if you 
have access to a good 25+ watt electronic soldering iron.  When mine went 
out last year, a friend and I tried to re-solder, but were unsuccessful. 
Do a search on e34.net for an explanation of the procedure.  If it turns 
out you need a new one, stay away from the dealer.  They'll rob you for 
almost $400.00.  I ended up buying one from Strictly German in Braselton, 
GA for around $100.00.   Ask for the owner,  Bobby Thrash.  He'll take 
care of you.




Gerry A. Phillips
 




PeterSchop@aol.com
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11/04/2003 02:24 PM

 
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        Subject:        [bmw] where's the 535I headlight relay


I have a 1990 535i with a headlight problem. In the past, I have noticed 
that 
sometimes the low beam would go out after driving for a while. Now it is 
happening after driving for about three miles. I think everything else is 
working 
OK. The parking lights and dash lights stay on but the low beams will go 
out 
without notice. I can still turn on the high beams. If I shut off the car 
for 
ten minutes, they will work again. I'm thinking that it is a bad relay. 
But 
which one? I looked in the diagrams in the Bentleys but did not find a low 
beam 
relay. Could it be the big "Lamp control module"?

Thanks,
Peter Schoppelry
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