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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 05-05-2008, 08:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Headlights not working.

So I pull the lever back to turn the headlights on and all the parking lights/rear lights/tag lights come on but the headlights/fog lights do not come on.

I tried to turn the fog lights off and still no headlights. I checked all the fuses related to the headlights (1,2,13,14) and they are all fine.

BUT, if I have the lever pulled out for the headlights to be on the and I flash the brights all four headlights come on. If the headlights lever is pushed in and I flash the brights only the high beams come on (which is normal, i think).

Any ideas?
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PS This is on my 1990 Problematic 325i
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Not sure, but the headlight will not light with the light switch pulled out if the key is turned off. This is to save the battery if the lights are on in the day (like in rain) and then the engine is stopped to park.
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figured it out, it was a relay
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Old 05-06-2008, 11:07 AM   #4 (permalink)
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figured it out, it was a relay
Which relay is it? And where can i get a new one?

I have the same issue w/my 91 318is.
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Which relay is it? And where can i get a new one?

I have the same issue w/my 91 318is.
Probably the low beam relay.
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In my 87 325 the headlight relay is in the main fuse panel. Check your fuse panel map for which one it is, I think mine was the one on the passenger side closest to the firewall, but it's been a long time since I changed it out so I may be wrong there. I bought my relays at Advanced Auto for like 8 bucks.
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I think it is due to the ground wire problem.Does it act up in the rain or after a wash? But you can check main ground and headlight ground. Also try to start by changing the bulbs. If still problem will not solve then take your car to experienced

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