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Old 12-06-2005, 06:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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One Angely Eye is dim

I've had this problem for a while now and before I thoguht it was just because it was cold out because it would light up after a few minutes, but now it's getting worse and it rarely lights up all the way even when it's warm outside. Sometimes, after a little while it lights up like the rest, but most of the time it looks like it's lit, but you can barely see it. Anyone else have this problem? Do you think there's a connection problem or do I just have a bad halo? Thanks for the help!
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This one courtesy a old member (Rooz) who moved on to a different forum. That forum keeps claiming that both forums are established for the good of the BMW commmunity so I hope thye dont mind me borrowign this.

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In the winter times when the temperature hits in the 30's sometimes your DDE will take a good while to get to the good temperature to get on. A fix for that is to hard wire the ballast in...

The ballast is located between the high beams and the low beams, it's a small black box...



GENTLY take it out



Then find the two connectors...



Cut the cables ONE AT A TIME!!!! then hard wire them, and you'r done
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Thanks for that, I'm gonna try it tonight and see if it works
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Please tell me if that works... cause I have the same problem.. and know of 4 other people with the same thing that need fixes that work..

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it is normal for the ddes to be dimmer during the winter.

when it doesnt revive back when it warms up...it is most likely a defective ring.

happened to me...getting mine fixed this saturday
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well...i was gonna go try it, but it worked each time i started my car up tonight to go to dinner and back...lol so im gonna wait for the next time it stops working to try that fix...which will most likely be tomorrow morning so i'm pretty sure it's not because of a defective ring
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Well... I know 4 people that have the front left drives side ring fadded when cold... or after about two months of use... its BS either way...

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Sounds like a defective ring.

My ballast just went in one headlight, need a new a ballast .

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Well... I know 4 people that have the front left drives side ring fadded when cold... or after about two months of use... its BS either way...

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same thing.. but not that bad...
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Les, are you going to cry? Do you want a tissue?
Yes I am damnit... you send 700 bucks on something.. you want that crap to work more than 3 months with no problems.

Doesnt matter now any ways... you will start seeing Ford F-150s with angel eyes if Umnitza has anything to do with it.

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Try swapping the ballasts, as pictured above, from one side to the other and see if that resolves the issue. If so you need a new ballast and you need to contact your retailer for a replacement.
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well for some odd reason they've been working completely fine for two days in a row! In extremely cold conditions too because it's been raining and will snow tomorrow! So hopefully my problems are solved for a while lol
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same deal

sometimes 1 is dim, sometimes 2 are dim, sometimes none are dim

it probably is the ballast
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Yes I am damnit... you send 700 bucks on something.. you want that crap to work more than 3 months with no problems.

Doesnt matter now any ways... you will start seeing Ford F-150s with angel eyes if Umnitza has anything to do with it.

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Seriously, when a customer waves $1000 in your face and says make my Dodge Charger look like "that" pointing to this, we don't ask questions or make judgements:


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We are working on a fix for this, but hard wiring is definitely a very good solution.
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You might want to stick up for your self on BF.C...

I completely understand your economic stance here...

But... I'd never do it...

Call me one of the few... call me a fanatic about what I love...

IMO.. that is like putting a ///M3 badge on a 318i... or a ///M badge on a non BMW...

I'm only being honest with you... constructive critisism. Though in my eyes there is only one way to fix or construct another means of resolution to what I dont agree with... and thats not to make them.

If you step back and look at what you have... you have a lot of upset BMW owners... on other forums...

People care...

Now I'd also understand it if you made them for this guy... for 1k bucks... thats cool... but your making them in mass quantities for other buyers... that dont pay you 1k a pop.

My thoughts... hope you understand and take them to heart.

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