1994 E36 318i headlight problem any help welcome (FIXED)

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  1. 1994 E36 318i headlight problem any help welcome (FIXED) 
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    Hi All
    am looking for some help with a headlight problem on my 318i, only the side lights work at the moment so can't drive the car at night as very dark where i live
    When you turn the switch to dipped position the main lights don not come on but the indicators come on permantly, the horn stops working and front fog light warning light and both indicator warning light on the dash come on.
    With just the side lights on if you hit main beam or either fog light the result is the same.
    When you turn the light switch to dipped there is also a clicking noise that comes from behind or inside the dial cluster
    I thought it could be the alarm (2t) but i have found(eventually!)this and disconnected it and lights do the same.
    All fuses are ok and have swapped headlught/main beam relays around, and visually checked wiring in and around the dash
    This problem was intermittent but has become permanent.
    Any help offered would be great as i have pretty much reached the end of my electrical tether

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    Quote Originally Posted by rbur9788 View Post
    Hi All
    am looking for some help with a headlight problem on my 318i, only the side lights work at the moment so can't drive the car at night as very dark where i live
    When you turn the switch to dipped position the main lights don not come on but the indicators come on permantly, the horn stops working and front fog light warning light and both indicator warning light on the dash come on.
    With just the side lights on if you hit main beam or either fog light the result is the same.
    When you turn the light switch to dipped there is also a clicking noise that comes from behind or inside the dial cluster
    I thought it could be the alarm (2t) but i have found(eventually!)this and disconnected it and lights do the same.
    All fuses are ok and have swapped headlught/main beam relays around, and visually checked wiring in and around the dash
    This problem was intermittent but has become permanent.
    Any help offered would be great as i have pretty much reached the end of my electrical tether

    Cheers
    Roger
    it sounds like you have a short in one or more of the wires open the boot and you will see part of the loom on the right side they tend to snap other than that you need to fine the short hope that helps
     
     

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  5. thanks for the help 
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    Thanks for the tip about looking in the boot, didn't find a little loom but did find soaking wet wires that come from front of car to the rear light clusters, 20 minutes with the hair drier and half a roll of leccy tape later and all seems well for now, i think water getting in around boot seal near the lock and just sitting there where the wires cross behind panel to serve the d/side cluster
    Thanks again and merry xmas
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by rbur9788 View Post
    Thanks for the tip about looking in the boot, didn't find a little loom but did find soaking wet wires that come from front of car to the rear light clusters, 20 minutes with the hair drier and half a roll of leccy tape later and all seems well for now, i think water getting in around boot seal near the lock and just sitting there where the wires cross behind panel to serve the d/side cluster
    Thanks again and merry xmas
    glad i could help have a good new year
     
     

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    It may be fixed, but it sounds like a bad earth to me. If it happens again check that the earth leads for the lights are ok.
     
     

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    I'm having the same issue as OP but there doesn't seem to be any wet wires in the boot. And when I hit the top of my passenger side headlight it starts working again. Does anyone know where the grounding point is for the headlights?
     
     

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