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    Please help, last night on my way home from work my obc came up with "low beam failure" and sure enough the drivers side low beam had failed,

    just a bulb i thought but apparently not, i changed it today and still no joy, so my next thought was fuse and sure enough it had popped, i replaced that too but still nothing i'm out of ideas now and need some help

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    Has the fuse maybe blown again. Check the wiring at the plug that goes to the bulb for any obvious signs of damage/water etc.
     
     

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    No this is whats confusing me, it hasn't blown again
     
     

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    Is the side light and high beam working at that side. If so, you could check the wiring plug for any damage to the pins, check that the bulb is seating correctly and is making a good connection.
    If you have a multimeter or test lamp, check for voltage at the light. The wire is either yellow/blue or yellow/green. I'm not sure which one is drivers side.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by gildersol View Post
    Is the side light and high beam working at that side. If so, you could check the wiring plug for any damage to the pins, check that the bulb is seating correctly and is making a good connection.
    If you have a multimeter or test lamp, check for voltage at the light. The wire is either yellow/blue or yellow/green. I'm not sure which one is drivers side.
    Hi yeah the sidelight and main beam are still working, i changed the bulb earlier and made certain it was seated correctly, i haven't got a test meter handy but it looks like i'm going to have to investigate further, i did unscrew the connector plug and refit it but i'll have a proper look tomorow
     
     

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    You may have split one of the wires that goes from the bodywork of the car into the bodywork of the bootlid. Pop the gromet out of the boot and pull through as much wiring as you can and check for broken wires. This is pretty common on the e36 and can cause any number of problems.

    Also - have you changed any of the rear bulbs as if the bulb is not in the holder correctly it will break the fuse.


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    Quote Originally Posted by BMW IOW View Post
    You may have split one of the wires that goes from the bodywork of the car into the bodywork of the bootlid. Pop the gromet out of the boot and pull through as much wiring as you can and check for broken wires. This is pretty common on the e36 and can cause any number of problems.

    Also - have you changed any of the rear bulbs as if the bulb is not in the holder correctly it will break the fuse.
    I will check the boot wiring soon but i very rarely use my boot so i haven't disturbed it lately, haven't had any problems with rear bulbs all work as they should other than one problem with a rear foglight but thats the other side and needs fixing before MOT time
     
     

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    Ok.....Schoolboy error on my part

    I rechecked the fuse today in the carpark after work and it was fine,

    I rechecked the bulb to find a small piece of the filament was missing

    Replaced the bulb and whaddya know!!! it worked

    Mods please put "Fixed" in the title so people can point and laugh at me
     
     

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    Well, that was easy in the end

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